An opening-round loss couldn’t deter Independence Post 21 from claiming the championship of the Sedalia Post 642/Warrensburg Post 131 Tournament.

An opening-round loss couldn’t deter Independence Post 21 from claiming the championship of the Sedalia Post 642/Warrensburg Post 131 Tournament.

Post 21 tied the score with a run in the bottom of the sixth and pushed across the winning run in the eighth to defeat Quincy (Ill.) Post 37 3-2 in Sunday’s championship game at Sedalia’s Liberty Park Stadium.

Ian Barker doubled to lead off the sixth and was singled in by Tanner Burkett. Then in the eighth, consecutive two-out singles by Burkett and Zach Zorich and a double by Josh Felz led to the winning run.

Barker relieved starter Zach Sharp in the seventh inning for the win.

“It was a great ballgame for both sides,” Post 21 manager Tom Bush said. “Their pitchers did an excellent job keeping us off balance. The kids hung in there and got the job done. Sharp was excellent for six innings and Barker did an excellent job in relief. It was a good tournament for us.”

Burkett had three singles and Will Sherman and Zorich added two each.

Post 21 bounced back from Friday night’s 10-2 loss to Higginsville Post 233 by defeating Warrensburg Post 131 5-4 and Jefferson City Post 5 10-0 on Saturday.

Two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning lifted Post 21 past Warrensburg. Sherman’s sacrifice fly tied the score and Tyler Bodenstab followed with the game-winning single.

Chase LaFavor relieved starter Donnie Hicks in the seventh inning for the victory. They allowed only six hits combined.

Barker hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning to tie the score 2-2.

Against Jefferson City, Tommie Harris pitched a five-inning five-hitter with five strikeouts for the win. Joe Monaco and Bodenstab each singled three times, Sherman and Zorich each singled twice and Felz led off the game with a home run for the third time this season to pace Post 21’s 13-hit attack.

“The kids intensity was better (Saturday),” Bush said. “In the first game, it was good to get a come-from-behind win. Hicks did a great job through six innings and LaFavor pitched well in the seventh. We hit better but not as good as we can.

“Harris again was outstanding. He is 5-1 with his only loss being 1-0.”

RAYTOWN SPLITS FOUR GAMES: Raytown Post 596 finished 2-2 in the tournament.

After a 4-1 loss to Boonville Friday, Raytown defeated the Sedalia Post 642 Travelers 13-1 behind the pitching of Aaron Smith and lost to Quincy (Ill.) Post 37 8-6 with Cody Robinson suffering the loss on Saturday.

On Sunday, Raytown finished with an 10-6 victory over Higginsville Post 223. Darius Hampton was the winning pitcher as Post 596 improved to 20-11 overall.