Business is starting to pick up at Dey Field at Liberty Park with the weather starting to clear up, and the Travelers will continue their busy schedule by hosting the Sedalia-Warrensburg Tournament Friday through Sunday.
The Travelers swept the Rod’s A’s last week, went 3-0-1 to win the Mid-America Tournament at Kansas State last weekend and swept Oak Grove on Wednesday. Their record stands at 17-5-1.
“I tell you what’s really going right is how they get along with one another,” said Travelers coach Jeff Mays. “Just the way they’ve come together as a unit, a ball club. It’s almost like they’ve been together forever.”
During this string of games, the Travelers have been somewhat short-handed with some of the players being gone because of Missouri Boys State and other activities going on.
“We’re a little short on man power,” Mays said. “We have some boys gone to Boys State. Hopefully we’ll get them back Saturday. We’ve been playing kind of short-handed for the last eight or 10 days with a lot of kids having a lot of different things going on. On the flip side, we’ve been plying very well.”
Gehrig Taylor, Christian Jones and Jordan Schlueter are among the players that have missed time with the team, but the team should be at least most of the way intact by the time the Travelers play their third game of the tournament Saturday afternoon.
Before that, the Travelers play at 8:30 p.m. Friday against Quincy. They will play Kirksville at 10:30 a.m. Saturday and finish up pool play against Parkville at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
Kirksville’s high school team is coming off a district title.
“I know their high school program did very well this year and they’ve got a lot of good kids and good baseball players,” Mays said.
Warrensburg, Trenton, Boonville and Oak Grove will all play in Warrensburg on Friday and Saturday.
“Boonville brings a good team,’ Mays said. “Of course Oak Grove is a good ball club. We were just able to get on them (Wednesday).”
All the teams will converge at Liberty Park on Sunday with the seventh place game at 10 a.m., the fifth place game at 12:30 p.m., the third place game at 3 p.m. and the title game at 5:30 p.m.
“I’d like to think we’ve got a good opportunity to have success in this tournament,” Mays said. “I like our chances. I like our chances every day we play.”