The Sedalia Travelers fell just short of getting a chance to play in the American Legion state tournament, falling in the final of the Zone Tournament last week against Fike, but many of the Travelers are still on the field.
“It’s a great environment to be a part of,” said Travelers third baseman Chase Plymell. “Obviously we would have liked to have been playing, that was the goal this season, but we’re out here doing our job and getting the field worked up for the teams that did make it.”
Between games, the players will rake the lines, fix the mound if it needs fixing, wet down the lines and re-line them with paint.
“Most of what we’re doing now are the same things were were doing in the season,” Plymell said. “Not a lot of change there at all.”
Plymell said it has been four to five players each day helping with the field, which makes all of it go quicker.
HOT CORNERS: The temperatures on Friday reached into the 90s with players doing their best to try to stay cool.
“We’ve been keeping the water cooler filled as much as we can,” said Manchester manager Matt Boeding. “We’ve probably filled it up twice every game, at least. This afternoon game we got the sun straight into our dugout so if they need to, they can come behind the dugout into the shade and play catch.”
Fans were staying hydrated as well. The concession stand reported brisk sales of water and other cold beverages.
BOUNCING BACK: Manchester was looking to get back to winning ways following a 3-2, 12 inning loss to Washington on Thursday.
In the semifinal of the losers’ bracket Friday, they were able to do just that, beating Hillcrest 11-1. Manchester scored five runs in the fourth to jump out to an 8-1 lead, then capped it off with three in the seventh as Adam Dalton looped a triple just inside the right-field line with the bases loaded to drive in three runs.
“We’ve been preaching all season it’s singles, singles, singles,” Boeding said. “You’ll hit doubles, they’ll come, but we’re not really a big power-hitting team. We like to just pass the bat along and play that way. That (fourth) inning it just fell into place. It’s been helping us a lot.”
Manchester’s run came to an end Friday evening though. They held Washington scoreless through five innings before Washington scored one in the sixth and seven more in the seventh to take a 14-2 win.
Matt Miller pitched a complete game for Washington, striking out seven and allowing four hits.
FIKE ON FIRE: Fike advanced to the championship with a 13-0 win over Washington on Friday. Drake Miller pitched a complete game, two hit shutout, striking out five.
In two games, Fike has outscored teams 27-2.
Fike will play Washington in the championship game at noon Saturday. If Fike wins, they will be the champion, if Washington wins, there will be another, winner-take-all game at 3 p.m.
Eric Ingles can be reached at 660-826-1000, ext. 1483 or on Twitter @Eric_Ingles