The heat was on Sedalia Rick Ball Ford early Tuesday at Liberty Park.
Nick Anders labored through three innings, allowing six runs to Boonville in first three innings of an 8-0 victory.
Sedalia, using wood bats in preparation for a wood bat tournament this weekend, mustered three hits against Boonville pitcher Mason Hage. No batter reached third. Connor Tichenor led off the bottom of the first with a single and stole second, but was caught stealing third to end the inning.
Hage chipped in on offense with bases-loaded walk in the second for the first RBI of the game. Peyton Keeran scored a second run on a throwing error from home to third.
Boonville batted around in the third inning, scoring four run on three hits, one error and three walks. Sedalia Rick Ball trailed 6-0 entering the fourth inning when Baron Austin relieved Anders.
Sedalia head coach Brent Hodge said the midweek lineup against Boonville allowed a few weekend starters rest.
“This weekend, we had guys that played every single game, and we have a roster of 18,” Hodge said. “And part of our job is to make everybody better. Lineups look different during the week than during weekends.”
“We’re not going to see (Boonville) in the postseason, it doesn’t have any weight on the seedings and that kind of stuff.”
After a Wednesday doubleheader at Chillicothe, Sedalia Rick Ball Ford hosts an eight-team wood bat tournament beginning Friday. Hodge said he expects a “strong showing” from the hosts this weekend.
“You know, it’s our tournament,” Hodge said. “It’s our home tournament. Anything short of playing that last game on Sunday is going to be a let down. Our guys are going to come out hungry and compete.”
Sedalia won game two of the doubleheader 9-1, fuled by a five-run third inning and a pair of runs in the fifth and sixth. Cash Miller struck out seven in six innings to pick up the win. Easton Webb, Baron austin and Rylan Chamberlin collected two RBIs apiece.
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