The first two innings of the Sedalia Travelers’ zone tournament game against Fike went well for the Travelers, as they went into the third inning with a 3-1 lead, but Fike’s bats started going and never stopped in a 15-5 win for Fike at Dey Field at Liberty Park.
Seven runs came across the plate for Fike in the eighth inning and a double play ended the game an inning early.
Even with the loss, the Travelers were able to automatically advance to play Saturday after Independence dropped out of the tournament because of a limited number of players.
The Travelers will play the Lee’s Summit Outlaws at 4 p.m. with the winner playing at 7 p.m. for a chance to advance to Sunday’s title game.
In the eighth inning Friday, Fike loaded the bases with no outs and a double to the left-field corner and a single to left put four runs on the board before an out could be recorded.
After a flyout and a groundout, Nate Pecota scored on a wild pitch to make it 13-5 Fike.
Sawyer Warren later singled up the middle to drive in another run. A fielding error on the play allowed a second run to score and Warren advanced to second base.
The Travelers’ bats were able to keep them in the game through seven innings.
Chase Plymell delivered a bases-loaded double down the left-field line in the first inning, driving in Brice Pannier and Gavin Jones to give Sedalia a 2-1 lead.
The Travelers had chances to have bigger innings, but left runners stranded.
After scoring two in the first inning, a popout left runners at second and third.
Baxter Mays hit a sac fly to score Jake Kindle in the second, but Travelers were left at first and second.
Sedalia couldn’t take advantage of a Dom Zerilli leadoff single in the third as the next batter popped out and the next two flied out. The Travelers also left two runners on in the fourth and sixth.
“We hit the ball fairly well at times,” said Travelers manager Jeff Mays. “They are just a good hitting team. You can’t take anything away from them. They hit the ball really well and we had opportunities to score and didn’t get those hits.”
On the mound, Christian Jones then retired the side in order in the second. Jones was able to strand a Fike runner at third in the fifth, but Fike scored two in the third and four in the fourth.
Jordan Schlueter came in for relief and only surrendered one run in the sixth when a line drive was dropped in the infield, allowing Cale Benson to score and make it 8-5.
Schlueter retired the side in order in the seventh, but was substituted out for Kindle in the eighth after Fike scored four runs before recording an out.
Passed balls and wild pitches helped Fike take the lead in the fourth and add to its lead.
A wild pitch in the third cut Sedalia’s lead to 3-2. Fike took a 4-3 lead in the fourth after a wild pitch.
Benson later singled in a run to make it 6-3 and ended up at third base after stealing second and advancing to third on a passed ball. He scored Fike’s seventh run when Pecota singled past a diving Plymell at third base.
“Landon (Dove) gave us a great effort behind the plate,” said Travelers manager Jeff Mays. “He’s tired, hot and wore out. We didn’t catch the ball real well (Friday).”
Jason Strickland can be reached at 660-530-0147 or on Twitter @J_Strick_Sports.