By Brian Pettis
The Sedalia Travelers took first place in the Sedalia-Warrensburg tournament this past weekend, defeating three teams before beating Boonville 5-3 Sunday afternoon to take the top spot.
“The whole team played collectively as a team. It was the first time we played all aspects of the game the right way,” Travelers head coach Mark Carey said.
Sedalia kicked things off early with a big double in the second bringing in Chance McMullin to put the Travelers on the board. Sedalia would score two more times in the second.
Booneville’s Jailyn Poindexter brought his team right back into the game at the start of the third though, hitting a huge two-run home run. Boonville’s defense left Sedalia scoreless over the next three innings while tying the game up, 3-3.
The Travelers’ defense shined early in the sixth, with a pair of great catches from #13 & A.J. Paul. The final out of the inning came when a runner at third attempted to steal home on a wild pitch, but great teamwork by Lane Soendker and Zachary Bishop saw him called out at the plate. To close the sixth, Sedalia’s offense picked up right where the defense left off, with Bishop getting a double off of a defensive error which lead to Ian Dotson scoring to put Sedalia in the lead. Another single by McMullin brought Matt Miles home to extend their lead.
In the seventh, Sedalia’s defense made quick work of Booneville, landing three straight outs to put them in first place.
After the game, Bill Dey presented the Travelers with the first place trophy.
When asked what some of the highlights of the tournament were, Coach Carey said “We held four great teams to under 10 runs. The pitchers went out there and we’re bulldogs. We just have a good group of guys who love to play, and you saw that out there today. We’re on a bit of a winning streak right now, and we just need to keep that rolling and stay focused.” Photos by Randy Kirby, Sedalia News Journal.