Braymer's Keaton O'Dell throws no-hitter in Friday, July 7, Missouri District 2 American Legion baseball tourney win over Trenton (Mo.). Will meet La Plata in elimination game at 3 p.m. Saturday
TRENTON, Mo. — Aided by a couple of fine defensive plays, Keaton O’Dell of Braymer fired a 5-innings no-hitter night Friday night, July 7, to help keep the Chillicothe junior (AA) American Legion baseball Cardinals’ 2017 season going.
Facing the bottom-seeded host Trenton Post 31 Bluejays in the first losers’-bracket game of the double-elimination District 2 Tournament at Burleigh Grimes Field in Eastside Park, Chillicothe rode the righthander’s hurling and run production in four of the five innings to the not-unexpected triumph.
O’Dell got 10 of the 15 outs he needed via strikeouts and walked only two Bluejays.
The closest Trenton got to a hit or a run was in the top of the fourth inning when a pair of Chillicothe infield miscues and a base on balls left the bases full with two outs.
Ahead 7-0 at the time, O’Dell benefitted from an outstanding, leaping catch by backtracking second baseman Drake Lightner of a looping liner to end the threat keep Trenton shut out.
Chillicothe followed with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth and the game-ender in the home half of the fifth to terminate play a couple of innings early on the 10-runs-lead rule.
The victory improved Chillicothe’s record to 9-15-1 and put it into the tourney’s losers’ bracket semifinal Saturday at 3 p.m. That will be a rematch with La Plata, which dominated the Cardinals 9-1 in the first round Thursday night.
La Plata was pushed into the losers’ bracket by second-seeded Moberly/Kirksville, which won
4-3 in walkoff fashion Friday.
Moberly/Kirksville and top seed North Central Missouri will meet in the winners’ final Saturday at noon. The tourney’s final game or two will be Sunday, starting at noon.
In addition to Lightner’s clutch defensive play to end the fourth, O’Dell’s no-hit bid was kept alive by third baseman Connor Passag in the third. The infielder moved in and made a barehanded stab of a high bouncer on its third hop and threw across the diamond for the final out.
Playing as the home team on Trenton’s field, the Cardinals seized the upper hand as soon as they could.
Leadoff man Jace Hicks drew a walk, stole second and third bases, and scored on a wild pitch for a 1-0 lead.
Later in the inning, Caleb Eddins doubled, stole third, and also scored when a pitch got past the Bluejays’ receiver.
Chillicothe punched a hole in the game in the third, plating five markers.
O’Dell’s single started the big inning, which included a run-scoring double by Drake Bradley, Nate Reith’s RBI single, and
Reith’s steal of home on a pickoff attempt by the catcher.
Eddins singled in Hicks in the sixth and scored on Passag’s single to put the Cardinals within a run of going in front by double digits. They got there and won when Reith, who walked, stole a base, and advanced on a groundout, scored on a throwing error after the Trenton third baseman made a nice fielding play to his left and spun to make the necessary throw home.
Eddins led the 7-hits Chillicothe offense, going two for two with three runs scored and one driven in. In addition to having all the hits, the Cardinals had two of the game’s three errors.