BOONVILLE — Chillicothe’s junior American?Legion baseball Cardinals twice positioned themselves to claim the opening game of Sunday’s road doubleheader, but couldn’t close the deal. After taking the opener in walkoff style, host Boonville gave them no such opportunities in the second game.
Striving to move four games over .500 for the first time in this, its debut season in the junior division ranks, Chillicothe led 3-1 after 41⁄2 innings of game one and again 4-3 in the seventh and final frame. However, one out away from defeat, Boonville strung together back-to-back singles and a double to score twice and snatch away a 5-4 win.
The home club then punched a big hole in game two with a 6-run second inning and cruised on to a 9-1 triumph for the sweep.
With the losses, the Cardinals settle back to one game above break-even at 18-17 heading into its postseason district play this week.
With combined Legion Districts 1&2 having the right to send two of their four teams to next week’s Eastern?Missouri Zone Tournament (at a location to be determined), rather than go to the expense of bringing the four geographically-distant squads together at a single site for several nights of play, Chillicothe program official Larry?Warren related to the C-T last week, district representatives agreed to have the Chillicothe and Trenton clubs and Hannibal and Memphis teams play separate best-of-3 series with the winners becoming the districts’ representatives to the zone action.
The Chillicothe vs. Trenton series will commence at Trenton’s Burleigh?Grimes Field tomorrow (Tuesday) at 7 p.m. The second game will be at “June”?Shaffer Memorial?Park stadium in Chillicothe Thursday at 7 p.m.
If the series is tied 1-1 after those two, a decision will be made on where the deciding game will be played Friday night, Warren said.
Chillicothe and Trenton’s junior-division teams, each in their first year of existence, have met only once this summer – on a neutral field in the Sedalia Fourth of July Tournament just over a week ago.
The contest was a wild, back-and-forth battle with Chillicothe letting 4-0, 7-5, and 10-7 leads get away before scoring a run in the bottom half of the seventh and final inning on singles by Logan?O’Dell and?Trevor Corzette to win it, 11-10.