The Lee’s Summit Outlaws made their best effort to stay alive in the American Legion Missouri State Tournament.
But the Zone 2 champion was eliminated with its second loss, a 10-7 defeat to the Joplin Miners in a losers’ bracket game at Liberty Park Stadium in Sedalia.
The Outlaws rallied from a 4-1 deficit to tie it 4-4 with three runs in the sixth inning, but the rally could have been bigger. Herb Byers followed walks to Seth Soto and Quentin Bradford with an RBI double. After Bradford scored on a wild pitch, Brian Conrow followed with an RBI single.
Byers, though, was called out at home on a controversial play while trying to score on another wild pitch. Conrow was then caught in a rundown. Blake Bruning followed with a bases-empty triple and scored the tying run on Chase Overton’s RBI single to right.
The teams traded runs in the seventh and both went scoreless over the next two to send it into extra innings. After Dalton Woods pitched three scoreless innings – striking out four and allowing just one hit – Joplin erupted for five runs in the top of the 11th off him and Miles Kilgore.
The Outlaws tried to rally again in the bottom of the 11th but fell short. Soto’s RBI single and Bradford’s RBI sacrifice fly were all they could manage as they finished the season at 35-20.
Byers finished 4 for 5 with two doubles, a walk and an RBI. Bradford (two RBIs), Soto and Bruning each added two hits as the Outlaws outhit Joplin 17-12. The Outlaws were hindered by six errors.