The Blue Springs Rod’s Sports A’s had plenty of chances to score runs against the Sedalia Post 642 Travelers in the winners’ bracket semifinals of the American Legion Zone 2 Tournament.
Unfortunately for Blue Springs, it was unable to take advantage.
The A’s stranded eight runners on base, while the Travelers came up big with runners in scoring position during an 8-5 loss Thursday at Hidden Valley Park.
“We’re still not hitting the ball the way we should,” A’s manager Tom Bush said. “We showed a little more patience today and did a little better job today. But it’s still not where it needs to be.”
Sedalia advances to play the Lee’s Summit Outlaws, who defeated Blue Springs Post 499 Fike 3-2 in the other winners’ bracket semifinal, at 7 p.m. today in the winners’ bracket final at Jim Moran Field. Rod’s Sports will play St. Joseph Post 11 in an elimination game at 1 p.m. today on Field 3.
A’s first baseman Christian Garcia nearly gave his team a 2-0 lead when he hit a deep fly ball to right field that appeared it was going to go over the fence in the first inning. However, Sedalia right fielder Brandon Kindle made a leaping catch, saving two runs and keeping it scoreless.
“That was a great play,” Bush said. “It reminded me of (2003). We had a center fielder in a regional game against Texas. And our guy, Matt Weber, did the same thing.”
Kindle then came back in the second and blasted a solo home run over the left-field fence. After Blue Springs pitcher Matt Eiseinrech gave up a single and a walk later in the inning, Adam Webb drilled an RBI double down the right-field line. Duffin Makings drove in a run on a groundout and Landon Dull poked an RBI single on a ground ball down the left field line to make 4-0 Sedalia.
The A’s put two runners on base with no outs in the bottom of the second, but Sedalia starting pitcher Will Knight struck out the next three batters to get out of the jam.
The A’s narrowed the gap to 4-1 on Sam Carlson’s sacrifice fly to left-center field. But just as the A’s were trying to get back into it, Sedalia added two more runs in the top of the fourth on Landon Dull’s two run single.
The Travelers didn’t stop there. They scored two more in the fifth as Kindle ripped an RBI triple to the gap in left-center and scored on a Baron Austin groundout.
The A’s rallied for four runs in the seventh inning, but it wasn’t enough. Colter Nelson scored on a balk, Jared Larson hit an RBI single up the middle, Christian Garcia had an RBI groundout and Bryce Perdieu scored on a wild pitch.
Eisenreich suffered the loss, giving up eight runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out two. Larson paced the A’s offense by going 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI.
ST. JOSEPH POST 11 6, INDEPENDENCE POST 21 3: The season for Independence Post 21 came to an end Thursday with a loss to St. Joseph.
St. Joseph scored three runs in the sixth inning to break a 3-3 deadlock and claim the win Thursday at Hidden Valley Park in an elimination game in the Zone 2 Tournament.
“We dug ourselves a hole in the first inning,” Post 21 manager Greg Lundquist said. “We battled back. This was a lot better effort today.”
Post 21 scored all three runs in the third inning on Cody Pleacher’s bases-loaded double.
St. Joseph scored its first three runs in the first inning.
Pleacher was the losing pitcher after giving up three runs in two innings of relief. He also led the offense with two doubles. Bryce Greenwalt added a double for Independence.