A furious rally fell just short for the Rick Ball Ford Junior Legion in the third-place game of the Sedalia Memorial Day Tournament Sunday at Dey Field at Liberty Park Stadium.
Trailing Harrisonville Post 22 12-6 after four innings, Rick Ball Ford scored twice in the fifth, twice in the sixth and once in the seventh, leaving the tying run on base.
“You can never count us out,” said Rick Ball Ford head coach Seth Hutchison, whose team fell to 1-2 on the season. “We will never quit. That’s what I was telling Brent (assistant coach Brent Hodge) yesterday, that we won’t ever give up. We came from behind yesterday to win 5-4 over the Blue Springs Elks.”
Rick Ball Ford’s comeback almost made a winner out of pitcher Chad Stover, a product of Tipton High School. Sedalia’s third pitcher in the game, Stover threw four innings of relief. giving up just two runs in the fourth., He struck out five in the last three innings Rick Ball Ford starting pitcher Matt Miles from Knob Noster High School, got off to a rough start, giving up two runs, a hit, two walks and his teammates committed one of their six errors’ as Harrisonville tied it 2-2 after one inning, Post 22 added four more runs on two hits, two walks and another error to take a 6-4 lead after two.
Dominic Zerilli came on and pitched 1 2/3 innings and gave up six more runs and left after three trailing 10-4.
Miles and Zerilli gave up 10 runs, seven hits, walked eight and their teammates had six errors behind them.
“People always talk about pitching,” said Hutchison. “Our pitching today wasn’t that bad. They just didn’t have much support behind them.”
Only five of Harrisonville’s12 runs were earned.
Harrisonville’s pitcher, who went the distance didn’t get a lot of help. He walked seven but his team committed five errors.
In a sloppily-played first five innings, both teams scored at least two runs in each of the first four frames. Harrisonville and Rick Ball were tied 2-2 after one inning, Harrisonville led 6-4 after two innings, 8-6 after three and 12-8 after four. Sedalia scored twice in the fifth to close the gap to 12-10 and added a single in the seventh and stranded the tying run on base when the game ended.
“I’ve seen some great defensive plays by our team this weekend,” said Hutchison. “Obviously not today, but we had two double plays this weekend. We have to get more consistent defensively. I think we’ll do that once we getto placing every day.”
Down 12-10 entering the bottom of the seventh, Mason Kelch reached on a an infield hit with one out and stole second. Luke Archibeque reached on an error, his fourth time on base in the game, as Kelchner scored. Archibeque was stranded at second when the final out was recorded.
Zac Callahan had three hits for Rick Ball Ford. Jackson Smith had three hits with a double, scored twice and drove in a run. Spencer Rickman wet 2-for-3, scored twice and drove n a run. Archibeque went 1-for-2 with a single, walked twice and reached on an error and scored twice.
In other games Sunday, the Oak Grove Bats outscored the Blue Springs Elks 12-10 in the fifth place eagle and Hi Boy of Independence edged Post 21 of Independence 5-4 in the championship game.
Rick Ball Ford hosted Chillicothe Wednesday, Holden Thursday and will host Warrensburg June 4. Photos by Randy Kirby, Sedalia News Journal.