BLUE Springs — Winning a baseball game – even a 7-inning contest – when your offense generates only five hits is tough enough. When it produces only five hits in the span of three games, chances are much better than even you’ll come away with three losses.
That is the case for Chillicothe’s senior American?Legion baseball team, which last night was 1-hit for the second time in three games in the Fike Post 499 Wood Bat Invitational at Blue Springs. The Cardinals, sponsored by?Vern R. Glick?Post No. 25, lost to Independence-based Post 340 Hi-Boys 9-5 in their final pool-play game yesterday.
As a result of being 0-3 thus far in the tournament, the Chillicothe club will get only one more game in the event. The?Cardinals were scheduled to take on Post 313 from St. Peters, Mo., at 12:30 p.m. today.
With the three setbacks thus far in the tournament, in which players bat with wooden, not “metal,” bats, the Cardinals own a 20-13 record this season.
After today’s tourney finale at Blue Springs, the Chillicothe club will be idle until next Wednesday, when it will start play in the 3-team, double-elimination, Districts 1&2 tournament at Moberly.
Chillicothe had the best regular-season record among the three district teams, so it was a first-round bye while second-seeded Moberly and Hannibal meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday. That winner will be the Cardinals’ opponent in the winners’ bracket finals Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the field in the Howard Hils Athletics Complex at the west edge of Moberly on U.S. Highway 24.
The district tournament’s losers’ bracket final will be next Thursday at 6 p.m., Chillicothe team spokesman?Larry?Warren of Post No. 25 reported yesterday. The championship round will begin with a 6 p.m. game next Friday; if a second game is needed to decide the champion, it would be Saturday at 6.
Last night at Blue Springs, the Cardinals fell behind by a big margin early.
Neither team put a man on base in the first 11⁄2 innings, but the Hi-Boys team changed that in their second. It sent 12 batters to the plate and scored eight of them to put Chillicothe under the gun.
The margin was 9-0 after four innings before the Cardinals converted a hit batsman (Derrick Leeper) and walk (Andrew Bottorff) into a couple of runs, the second of those scoring on their only basehit of the night – a single to right field by Josh Allen that scored Bottorff from third.