Jim Moran sat in the dugout at the Hidden Valley Park field that sports his name and scratched his head.

Jim Moran sat in the dugout at the Hidden Valley Park field that sports his name and scratched his head.

“When was the last time you saw a 7-6-2-5 double play, a 9-6 assist, a balk to tie the score in the top of the ninth inning and a base hit bring up dust in the bottom of the ninth to score the winning run?” the Blue Springs Post 499/Fike manager said after his team claimed an 8-7 victory over Sedalia Post 642 Sunday night to win the American Legion Zone 2 East Tournament and an opening bye at the Zone 2 Tournament Thursday in Sedalia, Mo.

“This one had it all – but it’s like I told the guys after the game, it was a strange game and we didn’t let anything that happened get into our head. We came out focused, even after the crazy stuff, and we found a way to win.”

He paused for a moment, and added, “And how about Austin Nordike? Did he have a tournament or what?”

Nordike, who doubled home the game-winning run in Friday night’s 7-6, 10-inning win over Oak Grove Post 379, stroked a 2-0 pitch from Sedalia reliever Austin Bullerd over third base to drive in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning Sunday.

“I heard everyone say it brought up dust,” said Nordike, whose soft liner hit the middle of the chalk line behind third base. “I was just running to first – I wasn’t watching.”

Moran and his team were watching.

The moment the ball struck the foul line, the celebration began.

“There’s no give up on this team,” Moran said. “We could have gotten down when we lost a couple of runners on the base paths or when CJ (Egelston) balked home the tying run (in the top of the ninth inning).

“Instead of getting down, we just focused and played the game the way it was meant to be played.”

Fike took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first on a Jared Ginter double, Brett Valentine triple and Dylan Farrell sacrifice fly.

Sedalia made it a 2-1 game in the top of the second, but Fike padded its lead in the bottom of the third on Farrell’s RBI double.

Sedalia grabbed a 4-3 lead in the top of the fifth, but Fike again took the lead on Daulton Engman’s two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the sixth.

Sedalia knotted the score at 5-all in the seventh, and Fike took what appeared like a game-winning 7-5 lead in the bottom of the eighth inning on Valentine’s RBI single and Sedalia’s outfield throwing error.

But once again, Sedalia found a way to knot the score at 7-all in the top of the ninth on a fielder’s choice ground out by Jordan Dey and an Egelston balk with the tying run on third.

“I had to forget about what happened on the mound and concentrate on my next at-bat,” said Egelston, who led off the bottom of the ninth with a double.

An error and walk loaded the bases, and pinch hitter Nordike grabbed a bat and strode to the plate.

“Their reliever wasn’t throwing very hard, and I got a good look at him when he was pitching to the guys before me,” Nordike said. “It was 2-0 and I was looking for a pitch I could hit – and I got it.”

The game might not have gone into the bottom of the ninth had Fike not run into two unusual outs in the sixth inning.

Farrell doubled and Egelston ripped a ball into the left-center field gap.

Sedalia’s Collin Nolting ran it down and fired the ball to shortstop Courtland Austin. Farrell had just rounded third and was nailed at the plate on a perfect throw from Austin to catcher Ian Dotson.

Sedalia’s Nolting ran it down and fired the ball to shortstop Austin. Farrell had just rounded third and was nailed at the plate on a perfect throw from Austin to catcher Ian Dotson.

Dotson then fired the ball to third baseman Dalton Dull, who slapped the tag on Egelston.

“That inning could have been a killer,” Moran said, “but our guys didn’t let it drag them down.”

Fike’s Valentine turned in a spectacular defensive gem in the top of the sixth when he grabbed what appeared to be a single and threw a strike to shortstop Ginter at second to nail the advancing runner.

“This one had it all,” Moran said. “The fans got their money’s worth tonight.”

BLUE SPRINGS POST 499/FIKE 19, SEDALIA POST 642 8: CJ Egelston had four hits and drove in six runs to power Fike to the victory Saturday. Fike led 15-4 after five innings.

Jared Ginter, Dylan Farrell and Dominic DeFeo each added three hits for Fike. Mark Montisano was the winning pitcher. Dalton Christian powered Sedalia with two singles and a home run.

BLUE SPRINGS ROD’S SPORTS A’S 2, HI BOY DRIVE-IN/POST 340 0: David Stober pitched a two-hitter and Jay Corwin homered to pace the A’s. Preston Green pitched well in defeat, allowing only five hits as a 24-21 Hi Boy season ended.

SEDALIA POST 642 2, BLUE SPRINGS ROD’S SPORTS A’S 0: The A’s (41-14) were held to five hits.

Runs in the third and sixth innings were enough for Sedalia to advance to the finals. Jay Corwin suffered the loss despite allowing only four runs in seven innings.

The A’s, Fike and Post 642 advanced to this week’s zone tournament at Sedalia.