The Post 642 Sedalia Travelers collected scraps against Blue Springs Rod’s A’s starter Jake Luft, mounting a two-run lead that wouldn’t last.
Down 4-2 in the sixth, Sedalia surged back against the bullpen, exhausting three A’s pitchers in one frame of a 10-8 comeback win. The victory advances Post 642 in the Senior Legion Zone tournament where they face the Lee’s Summit Outlaws. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m. Friday at Dey Field at Liberty Park in Sedalia.
Jake Luft allowed a run to score after throwing away a two-out pickoff attempt to first. Gavin Jones scored from third. In the second inning, Mason Sanders tripled, and scored on a Baxter Mays sacrifice fly one batter later.
The A’s answered in exciting fashion, when catcher Caleb Marquez slashed a drive into left-center field, scoring one run. When the cutoff throw to third knocked Maqrquez in the helmet, he stumbled around third and raced home to tie the game, 2-2.
Anthony Gunn and Hayden Ludwig picked up RBIs in the fourth, extending the Rod’s A’s lead to 4-2.
Gunn picked up another RBI in the sixth inning, doubling to deep center, giving the A’s a 5-3 lead.
Sedalia lost the season series to Rod’s A’s four games to one. Gavin Jones said the Travelers were superior Thursday, when it mattered.
“We came out today against a team that beat us before,” Gavin Jones said. “We just wentout, played a lot better than them today, got our bats going a little bit and did the job. Mostly thanks to Jake Kindle.”
Kindle reached base three times and prompted what would be the A’s undoing.
After three scoreless frames, Sedalia exploited the A’s bullpen and a pair of pickoff errors for eight runs.
Stephen Bradbury set the tone for Chris Leggett’s relief outing with a double. Gavin Jones scored him on a subsequent double, while Chase Plymell and Christian Jones followed with singles, cutting the lead to one run.
A’s ace Aaron Bennefield entered the game to put out the fire, but Sedalia kept on the gas. A bases-loaded, one-out pickoff attempt hit the fence to score two runs and advance Kindle to third. Kindle scored on a Dom Zerilli single, giving Sedalia a 7-5 lead.
Zerilli added to the lead after a Bennefield wild pitch led to an errant back-pick attempt from Marquez. Zerilli scored from third on the mishap.
Nick Brandner faced more of the same, letting the A’s deficit slip to 10-8 after Gavin Jones plated two more Travelers runs with a single.
Gavin Jones, who started at shortstop, pitched three innings in relief after starter Gehrig Taylor, who was charged with five runs, lasted six innings. Jones allowed three runs in the ninth inning, pitching himself into a save situation and securing it.
Rod’s A’s face Independence Post 21 on Friday at 1 p.m. at Liberty Park in Sedalia.
Alex Agueros can be reached at 660-826-1000, ext. 1483 or on Twitter @abagueros2