A delayed start and an extra inning later, the Sedalia Travelers came out of the Sedalia-Warrensburg Tournament victorious with a 7-4 win against Oak Grove in Sunday’s title game at Dey Field at Liberty Park.
The Travelers let a 3-0 lead slip away as Oak Grove knotted it up at 3-3 in the sixth on a passed ball, but four runs in the eighth inning gave the Travelers enough breathing room and they held on for the win.
Chase Plymell deliverd in the eighth with a grounder that snuck past the shortstop for a single to drive in Brice Pannier to give Sedalia a 4-3 lead.
“That’s just the way of our season really, guys stepping up every time,” said Travelers first baseman Dom Zerilli.
Jake Kindle then hit a sacrifice fly to centerfield, allowing Zerilli to tag up from third base to make it 5-3.
To cap off the four-run eighth inning, Baxter Mays found the gap in right-center for a single to drive in Gehrig Taylor and Plymell.
“We got the big hits (Sunday) that we hadn’t been getting,” said Travelers coach Jeff Mays.
Oak Grove scored on a sac fly in the bottom of the eighth and had runners on first and second with two outs, but Roberto Ramirez got Quinn Schneiders to ground out to close out the game.
Taylor pitched three innings of relief, only surrendering one run on two hits and striking out three.
“That’s just clutch pitching really,” Zerilli said. “They are good pitchers and that’s what they are here to do.”
Christian Jones allowed two runs on three hits in four innings on the mound.
“We got a couple guys back that helped us on the mound and that’s what we needed,” Mays said.
Zerilli provided the early offense with a single to right field, driving in Mays and Gabel Dull to give Sedalia a 2-0 lead in the first inning.
Zerilli scored in the third when Landon Dove reached on an error, giving the Travelers a 3-0 lead.
The game started around 6:45 p.m. instead of the scheduled 5:30 p.m. start time because of rain during the third place game between Trenton and Parkville.
Parkville took third with a 7-6 win. Quincy won the fifth place game with an 8-7 win over Warrensburg.
The Travelers are off until they start play in a tournament in southern Missouri on Thursday. They will play in Branson on Thursday and Friday and will finish up the tournament in Springfield on Saturday.
Pitching paced 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.
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.
After scoring one run in each of their first two games in the Sedalia-Warrensburg Tournament, the Sedalia Travelers found ways to drive in runs in their third game against Parkville, winning 18-9 in five innings at Dey Field at Liberty Park.
Sedalia had to rally from an 8-6 deficit after three innings, and it did in a big way.
Nine runs came across the plate in the fourth, including a Roberto Ramirez double to right field that drove in three runs to put the Travelers up 12-8.
“We were tired of scoring one run,” Ramirez said. “Those games, one run, is not normal for us. Normally we are a good hitting team.”
Ramirez went 3 for 4 with four RBI. He also pitched the final two innings to help secure the win by run-rule. He allowed one run on one hit and struck out two.
To cap off the fourth-inning barrage of runs, Dom Zerilli tripled to right-center to score a pair of runs and give the Travelers a 15-8 lead. Zerilli went 2 for 4 with three RBI.