The Post 642 Sedalia Travelers were jumped Saturday, by a Blue Springs Fike team minutes removed from fighting desperately for its season.
Blue Springs outlasted the Lee’s Summit Outlaws 12-11 in one extra inning Saturday, and proceeded to hand Post 642 their first loss of the Zone tournament at Dey Field in Liberty Park in Sedalia, 12-3.
Sunday, the Travelers recovered. They claimed victory over the zone tournament, and Blue Springs Fike for the first time this season, 11-5.
Gabel Dull pitched seven innings, recording five strikeouts and limiting Blue Springs to a two-run first and four runs total.
Dull said the Travelers were primed to bounce back from Saturday’s loss.
“It wasn’t a very good game from the start,” Dull said. “Obviously we had today. I knew we would come back today and play well.”
Sedalia opened the game by batting around in a four-run first inning. Dom Zerilli drove a ball past Blue Springs Fike center fielder Garrett Morrow to score three. Christian Jones batted in Zerilli on a fielder’s choice to the shortstop.
The Travelers scored a pair in the third and fourth innings, and one run apiece in the fifth and ninth innings. The offense collected 14 hits off Fike starters Hunter Blachford, Tyler Crane and Noah Hensley.
Gavin Jones pitched two innings in relief, allowing a run.
Sedalia hosts Post 69 Hillcrest in the American Legion state tournament at 5 p.m. Thursday at Liberty Park. Post 150 Ste. Genevieve and Post 218 Washington join Sedalia and Hillcrest in the tournament.
Alex Agueros can be reached at 660-826-1000, ext. 1483 or on Twitter @abagueros2