Christian Jones threw a no-hitter as the Sedalia Travelers swept Rod’s Sports A’s in a doubleheader Thursday at Dey Field at Liberty Park, winning the first 10-0 in five innings and the second 13-0 in five innings.
Jones allowed five baserunners in five innings, three on errors and two others on walks. The A’s got no runs on the board however, as Jones got groundouts to end the first and second with men on and after a one-two-three third, got a double play to get out of a jam in the fourth. An error and a walk put two on with no one out in the inning before Jones struck out the next man up and ended the inning with a grounder to third as Chase Plymell stepped on third to get the lead runner and threw across the infield for the 5-3 double play.
“I was varying my speeds and trying to hit my spots,” Jones said. “That worked for me.”
Jones struck out three in the game, mixing his fastball with a changeup A’s hitters could never adjust to.
“He just filled the strike zone really well,” said Travelers manager Jeff Mays. “He was ahead in the count all night and very efficient and only threw 50-some pitches. That’s a quality pitching performance. Off-speed was good and he complimented that very well with his fastball.”
The A’s got another baserunner on a two-out walk in the fifth before a flyball to right ended the inning. The Travelers then scored five runs in the bottom of the inning to end the game on the run rule. Plymell opened the rally with an RBI single to drive in Dom Zerilli, Plymell’s third RBI of the game. Plymell then scored when Rocky Sell singled. Gable Dull followed with a double to bring in Sell and Landon Dove and Pannier drove in Dull to make it 10-0.
The Travelers opened the scoring in the second. Dove drove in Mason Kelchner with a single before scoring on a sacrifice fly.
Plymell drove in two more with a double in the third to score Zerilli and Kelchner, then scored on a single by Dove.
In the second game, Gehrig Taylor held the A’s without a hit until Cameron July singled in the third. The A’s managed two more hits in the fourth and another in the fifth but held the A’s off the scoreboard.
The Travelers jumped ahead with three runs in the top of the first and another in the third. They added six in the fourth, an inning which included triples from Zerilli, Plymell and Brice Pannier, to make it 10-0. The Travelers scored three more in the fifth, the last on an RBI double by Schlueter.