Day two of the Missouri Zone 4 senior legion tournament did not go nearly as well for District 10 champ Ballwin as day one did.
Ballwin scored two early runs to go ahead but Festus erased that lead with a 12-run third inning explosion and rolled to a seven-inning 16-5 victory at West City Park Friday evening (July 25).
Ballwin (31-6) will now to win three games in the next two days in order to advance to next weekend’s state tournament in Sedalia.
“We told the kids after the game that we have lost six games like this in style and that we have come back and played really well after that,” Ballwin coach Sean Rogan said. “I think the guys will get rested, hydrated, and come back and get after it well tomorrow.”
Ballwin scored a run in the second and one in the third to go up 2-0 but in the bottom of the third, Festus (19-10) found a way to get to Ballwin starter Fred Orsay and exploded for 12 runs. Eight of those runs scored with two outs.
“We had a chance at a double play at second when Zac Ruckman flipped a ball to second with one out and we bobbled the ball at second at that led to a run and then it seemed like the wheels just fell off after that with errors and they (Festus) got some key hits as well, Rogan said.”
Before the game was done, Post 611 ended up using four pitchers as Ben Wolf and Auggie Clark relieved Orsay in the third followed by Caleb Cone. Cone pitched the last one and a third innings in relief.
Festus scored four more runs over the final four innings.
Post 611 pushed across three more runs in the last four frames. Jake Bolstad, Caleb Cone, and Tyler Wood (Marquette) drove in runs.
Ballwin will look to make its run to the zone title game out of the losers bracket starting tomorrow afternoon with a 4 p.m. against Jackson in a losers bracket semifinal game. Jackson eliminated Eureka on Friday night in a losers bracket second round game.
“Now we have to win three games in two days and we have plenty of arms to go, so we’ll see what we can do,” Rogan said.