Pitching continued to pace the Sedalia Travelers on Saturday against Kirksville in the team’s second game of the Sedalia-Warrensburg Tournament at Dey Field at Liberty Park, but the hitting wasn’t there as the Recruits topped the Travelers 5-1.
Gabel Dull pitched until Kirksville had runners on the corners with one out in the sixth. The score was tied 1-1. Dull struck out eight and only walked two.
“Gabel threw a good ball game,” said Travelers coach Jeff Mays. “The thing about it is that our pitch count gets up so high. We should be able to finish a game and not worry about striking so many out.”
Baxter Mays came in for the tiring Dull, but Ryan Siedel ripped a double into the gap in right-center to drive in a pair of runs and give the Recruits a 3-1 lead.
Brent McCarry then singled up the middle to score courtesy runner Jesse Roberts from second. McCarry later stole third and went home after a high throw to third base.
The Travelers then went down in order in the seventh to end the game.
Siedel closed out the game for Kirksville, pitching two perfect innings.
The short-handed Travelers continued to have troubles at the plate. They got one run on five hits against Kirksville on Saturday and only managed one run in Friday’s win against Quincy.
The Travelers only had 10 players Saturday morning, but got most of the team back for the afternoon game.
“We’re tired,” Mays said. “These same eight, nine, 10 guys have been playing. We’ve had guys gone and we’re hoping they come back (Saturday afternoon). It’s no excuse, but I know they’re tired.”
Sedalia tied the game at 1-1 in the fifth when Brice Pannier singled up the middle to drive in Mays.
The Travelers had a chance to tie the game earlier in the inning thanks to a lead-off triple from Roberto Ramirez, but he was tagged out at the plate when he tried to score on Mays’ grounder.
“He’s a guy that didn’t get to hit a lot in high school and is getting to do that now and he’s starting to do a good job for us,” Mays said of Ramirez. “Just get up there and see it and swing at it and that’s working pretty good for him right now.”
The Travelers loaded the bases with no outs in the second thanks to a Dom Zerilli single, a Landon Dove walk and Chase Plymell being hit by a pitch, but they weren’t able to take advantage.
A strikeout, a force out at the plate and a pop out to third ended the Travelers’ best shot at producing runs.
“We’re not real good (Saturday morning),” Mays said. “We just have to get better and get focused.”