The Lee’s Summit Post 189 Hawthorn Bank Outlaws made it to the semifinals of the Fike 499 American Legion Woodbat Tournament, but had a tough 1-0 loss to Post 5 Jefferson City to end their run.
The Outlaws posted a 3-2 overall record in the tournament held July 10-14 in Blue Springs.
“I think we played great defense,” Outlaws manager Mike Gailey said. “We pitched extremely well. I think our thing, like everybody else, was hitting. Things that are normally base hits on the aluminum bats are outs in the Wood Bat.”
The Outlaws took down SCMI 9-2 in the first pool play game July 10 at Blue Springs South. Lee’s Summit had a 4-0 lead at the end of the second inning. SMCI scored one run in the bottom of the fourth, but the Outlaws put in five more runs in the top of the fifth to take a 9-1 advantage.
Gaeton Gronberg had three hits and two RBIs. Seth Soto had one walk and Herb Byer had one walk. Dalton Woods and Adam Jamerson both had two RBIs.
Soto threw for six innings with eight strikeouts. Brian Conrow pitched for one inning and had two strikeouts.
In the second pool play game July 11 at Hidden Valley Park, the Outlaws were shut out by Hays 3-0. Hays scored one run in the bottom of the third inning and sealed the victory with two more in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Brett Conrow had two hits and Soto had one walk.
Later that day, Lee’s Summit rebounded from the loss with a 5-1 victory over Sedalia Post 642.
The Outlaws led 4-1 at the end of the fifth inning and put in one more run for good measure in the top of the seventh inning.
Brett Conrow had three hits and one RBI. Woods had two hits and three RBIs.
PJ Seufert pitched all seven innings with three strikeouts.
In the final pool play game July 12 at Blue Springs South, the Outlaws slipped past the Central Spartans 1-0. Lee’s Summit scored the game-winning run in the top of the sixth inning.
Brett Conrow and Herb Byer both had one hit. Brett Conrow also had one RBI.
Woods threw all seven innings with 14 strikeouts.
The semifinal game was held July 13 at Hidden Valley Park. Post 5 scored the game-winning run in the top of the ninth inning.
Soto had one hit and Brett Conrow and Woods had one walk each. Soto pitched nine innings, throwing out five batters.
“Overall, it was a good experience,” Gailey said. “I think our players enjoyed it. I’m very proud of the way we played. We, as a coaching staff, think they did extremely well.”
The Outlaws, now 36-8, already won districts outright, and have qualified for the zone tournament. Lee’s Summit will compete in the district tournament starting Friday at Independence Sports Complex. The zone tournament will be held the following week in Sedalia.
“It’s been an unbelievable season,” Gailey said. “I think we couldn’t ask for much more than that. It’s been a great group of young men to deal with.”