Travelers begin home stand with two-game sweep


By Alexander Agueros - [email protected]



Smithton pitcher Truman Liecher meets with catcher Nate Walsh during an 18-0 loss Wednesday to the Sedalia Travelers at Liberty Park in Sedalia


Alex Agueros | Democrat

Dom Zerilli tosses his elbow guards to a coach after a double Wednesday against the Smithton Storm in an 18-0 home victory. Zerilli drove in four runs for Sedalia in game one of a home doubleheader.


Alex Agueros | Democrat

Christian Jones spins from a pitch in the fourth inning of an 18-0 victory over the Smithton Storm on Wednesday during a doubleheader at Liberty Park in Sedalia. Jones would walk and and later score in an eight-run Travelers inning.


Alex Agueros | Democrat

The Sedalia Post 642 Travelers picked up two wins over a short-handed Smithton Storm at home Wednesday.

Both games were completed in five innings, with final scores of 18-0 and 12-0 in favor of Sedalia.

Corbin Mertgen got the win at pitcher for Sedalia in game one, and Caleb Bishop allowed three baserunners in his game two outing.

Game one got out of hand for the Storm in the fourth inning when Sedalia scored nine runs. The offensive boost doubled their lead.

Because of Smithton’s eight-man handicap, some casual fly balls fell for hits and some sure hits found wide gaps.

In the second inning, Baxter Mays launched a high drive to the corner of left-center field. A long run for the Smithton left-center fielder, Kenton Stover, Mays stretched the hit into an inside-the-park home run, giving Sedalia 4-0 lead.

Mays finished with five RBIs batting leadoff. Dom Zerilli was 2-for-4 with four RBIs and two runs scored.

Travelers coach Tanner McKee said he put an emphasis on telling players to run hard and hustle Wednesday.

“It doesn’t matter who we play, any given day, anybody can beat anybody,” McKee said. “As long as effort, and intensity is there, the rest will take care of itself.”

In the second inning of game two, Steven Bradbury kept the good times rolling for Sedalia when he belted a then-home run off the top of the left field fence. The call was overturned and ruled a double. The Travelers took it in stride, scoring seven runs in the second.

The Travelers play one nine-inning game against Odessa at 6 p.m. Thursday at Dey Field at Liberty Park in Sedalia.

Smithton pitcher Truman Liecher meets with catcher Nate Walsh during an 18-0 loss Wednesday to the Sedalia Travelers at Liberty Park in Sedalia
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_DSC_0379.jpgSmithton pitcher Truman Liecher meets with catcher Nate Walsh during an 18-0 loss Wednesday to the Sedalia Travelers at Liberty Park in Sedalia Alex Agueros | Democrat

Dom Zerilli tosses his elbow guards to a coach after a double Wednesday against the Smithton Storm in an 18-0 home victory. Zerilli drove in four runs for Sedalia in game one of a home doubleheader.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_DSC_0404.jpgDom Zerilli tosses his elbow guards to a coach after a double Wednesday against the Smithton Storm in an 18-0 home victory. Zerilli drove in four runs for Sedalia in game one of a home doubleheader. Alex Agueros | Democrat

Christian Jones spins from a pitch in the fourth inning of an 18-0 victory over the Smithton Storm on Wednesday during a doubleheader at Liberty Park in Sedalia. Jones would walk and and later score in an eight-run Travelers inning.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_DSC_0384.jpgChristian Jones spins from a pitch in the fourth inning of an 18-0 victory over the Smithton Storm on Wednesday during a doubleheader at Liberty Park in Sedalia. Jones would walk and and later score in an eight-run Travelers inning. Alex Agueros | Democrat

By Alexander Agueros

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Alex Agueros can be reached at 660-826-1000, ext. 1483 or on Twitter @abagueros2

Sedalia Democrat

Alex Agueros can be reached at 660-826-1000, ext. 1483 or on Twitter @abagueros2

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