By Brian Pettis
The Sedalia Travelers American Legion Post 642 team’s home opener Wednesday at Dey Field had them losing both games of a doubleheader to the Blue Springs Fike. Fike took the first contest with a score of 7-5, and won the second 11-1 in five innings.
The first game was tied 5-5 until the 7th inning, which started with a lead off triple by Fike’s Dylan Farrell. their momentum continued to build from there, resulting in two runs in the seventh to get the win.
The Traveler’s offensive struggles resulted in a number of players left on base, having the bases loaded in the 4th after tying the game, then again in the sixth, coming up scoreless both times.
“We left a lot of runners on base. Hats off to Fike, they threw a guy at us that knew what he was doing and kept us off balance. A day like this, a windy day, you gotta keep the ball out of the air. We had too many pop ups.” team manager Mark Carey said.
Speaking on the positives he saw during the game, Carey said “”Lane Soendeker threw a heck of a game. He kept them off balance and did a great job and gave us a chance to win for the most part.”
Looking towards the rest of the summer, Carey stated “We’re gonna rely on our defense a lot this summer. we got great pitching that’s gonna throw a lot of ground balls to our infield. If we can lock down our infield, we’re gonna be pretty good this summer.”
The Traveler’s next home stand is June 1-2 as part of the Jimmy Glenn Tournament at Dey Field.Photos by Randy Kirby, Sedalia News Journal.