The Sedalia Travelers nearly played two games worth of innings in game one of Friday’s doubleheader with Lee’s Summit, but Chase Plymell ended the extra-innings contest with a walk-off single to right field to score Dom Zerilli from second base in the 12th inning to give Sedalia the 5-4 win.
The result of game two was not available by press time.
“It was a fun one,” Plymell said. “This is the longest game I’ve been a part of. It was just a pleasure to be a part of.”
Zerilli led off the inning with a single to centerfield and went to second on a Rocky sell bunt before Plymell delivered the game-winning hit.
“I just saw a fastball up and elevated that I could really extend to and drive to the opposite field to get the run in,” Plymell said.
Gavin Jones pitched the final two innings, allowing one hit and walking one.
Roberto Ramirez showed his durability, going 10 innings on the mound. He allowed four runs on 12 hits and stuck out five while walking three.
“Robo pitched a fantastic game,” Plymell said. “It’s just awesome we could get a win for him. He was just up there doing his thing, really pitching well and letting his defense work for him. He was great.”
After allowing Lee’s Summit to load the bases in the fourth and fifth innings and giving up a combined four runs in those two innings, Ramirez threw five scoreless innings.
The Outlaws had a chance to score in the top of the 12th, but Brice Pannier collected a fly ball to centerfield and threw it to Baxter Mays at second and Mays threw a strike to Christina Jones for the tag at home plate. The batter ended up at second but was left stranded to keep the game tied 4-4.
“Just a good relay, a good throw to Baxter and he made a nice throw to the plate,” said Travelers coach Jeff Mays. “That’s how it’s supposed to be executed.”
Sedalia had to rally from a 4-1 deficit after five innings.
The Travelers loaded the bases with no outs in the sixth and took advantage.
Jake Kindle reached on an error, allowing Sell to score. After a flyout, Mays walked in a run and Pannier tied it up with a single to left field to score Jones.
The inning ended when Gavin Jones hit a grounder to the second baseman, who tagged out Pannier and threw to first for the double play.
Sedalia struck first when Sell singled in Christian, but Lee’s Summit scored on a sac fly, a single down the left-field line and a single to right field in the fourth.
The Outlaws loaded the bases with no outs in the fifth inning, but only managed to score on a double play. They ended up leaving runners at first and second, holding the Outlaws’ advantage to 4-1 after five innings.
Sedalia will play a doubleheader at 2 p.m. Sunday at Warrensburg.