Outlaws advance to American Legion state tournament

July 30, 2014 

Chalk up another accomplishment for the Lee’s Summit Legion Outlaws this season.

The Outlaws are now the American Legion AAA Zone 2 champions after winning the Zone tournament July 25-28 at Liberty Park in Sedalia.

The Outlaws, who won the Zone 2 West District tournament the week before, advance to the four-team state tournament, which begins July 31 and will also be held in Sedalia.

The Outlaws had to survive an 11-8, 10-inning battle against the Blue Springs Rod’s A’s July 28 in a winner-take-all final. Seth Soto scored the go-ahead run in the Outlaws three-run 10th when Miles Kilgore hit into a fielder’s choice.

PJ Seufert pitched six strong innings against the reigning Missouri state champions before giving way to the bullpen with one out in the seventh and a 6-2 lead. That lead evaporated when the A’s rallied for six runs on three hits and four walks in the inning.

The Outlaws got one run back in the eighth when Quentin Bradford drew a bases-loaded walk and tied the game 8-8 in the ninth when Brett Conrow scored on a wild pitch.

Soto walked leading off the 10th, and Bradford moved him to second on a sacrifice bunt. Soto reached third on a wild pitch and scored when Kilgore hit the ball to the shortstop, whose only play was to first. Herb Byers and Kilgore also scored in the inning.

The Outlaws opened the double-elimination tournament with a 13-3 win over the A’s on July 25. Byers broke the game open with a grand slam in the fourth.

A 14-3 win over Blue Springs Post 499/Fike July 26 put the Outlaws in the final against the A’s, who set up the one-game showdown with a 2-1 victory July 27.

The Outlaws, 35-18, will play Jefferson City Post 5 at 4 p.m. July 31 in the first game of the state tournament. The Joplin Miners and Festus Post 253 meet in the other first-round game.

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