Travelers enter districts fresh


By Jason Strickland - [email protected]



Brice Pannier makes contact with a pitch during a game July 3 against the Lee’s Summit Outlaws.


Gavin Jones fields a ground ball during a game July 3 against Lee’s Summit.


Baxter Mays takes a swing July 3 against Lee’s Summit.


By Jason Strickland

[email protected]

Brice Pannier makes contact with a pitch during a game July 3 against the Lee’s Summit Outlaws.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_LEAD-ART-PANNIER-DISTRICT-ADV.jpgBrice Pannier makes contact with a pitch during a game July 3 against the Lee’s Summit Outlaws.

Gavin Jones fields a ground ball during a game July 3 against Lee’s Summit.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_SECONDARY-ART-JONES-DISTRICT-ADV.jpgGavin Jones fields a ground ball during a game July 3 against Lee’s Summit.

Baxter Mays takes a swing July 3 against Lee’s Summit.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_THIRD-ART-MAYS-DISTRICT-ADV.jpgBaxter Mays takes a swing July 3 against Lee’s Summit.

After almost a week off from games, the Sedalia Travelers are set to start postseason play at home at 8 p.m. today against Oak Grove.

The Travelers finished off the regular season by going 1-2 in the Blue Springs Wood Bat Tournament.

They beat De Soto 10-3 Thursday, but lost 2-0 to the Oklahoma Braves and 8-5 to Jefferson City on Friday.

“We saw some good pitching up there,” said Travelers infielder Baxter Mays. “Jeff City threw a pretty good pitcher at us. We actually hit them pretty well, so I’m pretty confident going into the tournament.”

The team has been off since, giving it time to prepare for the three-day Zone 2 East Tournament.

“We’ve enjoyed our time off,” said Travelers infielder Dom Zerilli. “We needed it. We were playing a lot of baseball.”

While the Travelers haven’t played a game since Friday, they were still hitting in the batting cages to stay in rhythm.

“Just hitting a lot,” Zerilli said. “We’re trying to get on the field again to take some ground balls to get back in the flow of things.”

The Travelers haven’t had the full roster together during stretches of the summer, but everyone is expected to be ready to go for the tournament.

With everyone back, the team will have pitching depth.

“We have really good pitching now,” Zerilli said. “We all should be back so our pitchers should be good and ready to throw.”

The first game of the tournament is at 5 p.m. today between Fike and Odessa. The winner of that game and the Travelers’ game will play in the semifinals at 1 p.m. Friday. The losers will play at 4 p.m. Friday in the loser’s bracket.

“Fike is legit, always,” Zerilli said. “Odessa is pretty good. And Oak Grove, we’ve had some pretty good battles with them.”

The championship game is at noon Saturday with a possible second game at 3 p.m.

“We better win, nothing less,” said infielder Gavin Jones.

Jason Strickland can be reached at 660-530-0147 or on Twitter @J_Strick_Sports.

Sedalia Democrat

Jason Strickland can be reached at 660-530-0147 or on Twitter @J_Strick_Sports.

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