By Brian Pettis
The Sedalia Travelers had their hands full in the first game of a double header July 3 at Dey Field, as they were unable to overcome a few key defensive errors in a 11-4 loss to Boonville.
Boonville took the lead early in the game, scoring three runs on three base hits early in the first inning.
Sedalia’s defense came through early in the second, getting the first three batters for Boonville, with pitch Zach Bishop holding them to just one hit. The offense was unable to close the gap. A big hit to left field by Caleb Tanguay saw runners advance from second and third, but Cole Simonic was tagged out at home to end the inning.
The Travelers were able to get on the board in the third after a double by Bishop brought Darion Lawrence and Ian Dotson home to bring the score to 3-2.
A two-run start to the 4th inning by Boonville led Travelers coach Mark Carey to make a pitching change, bringing Henry Tietz in from the infield to take the mound. Boonville two more times in the inning, with their defense holding Sedalia scoreless.
Both teams would remain scoreless until the 6th, when Boonville scored three more runs. Dotson finally put a stop to the bleeding in right field, catching a fly ball to bring Sedalia back to the plate to attempt a late game rally. The Travelers would go on to score once in the inning, when a single by Dotson brought Matt Miles home.
Sedalia would remain scoreless for the remainder of play, with Boonville scoring another run to top the game off in the 7th.
Sedalia would go on to win the second game of the night with a score of 10-8. Photos by Randy Kirby, Sedalia News Journal.