In a back-and-forth affair, the Raymore-Peculiar Bulldogs battled past the Jefferson County Barnstormers 11-9 in the nine-inning game held July 10 at Raymore-Peculiar.
The Barnstormers scored first with a run in the top of the second inning, but the Bulldogs tied it up in the bottom of the inning. Seth Parker was walked and Chris Sevart was forced out at first, but not before Parker made it home.
Another run by the Barnstormers put the team ahead 2-1 in the top of the fourth inning, but the Bulldogs came back with a vengeance in the bottom of the inning.
Dallas Hille was hit by a pitch and Max Little hit a single. Parker was hit by a pitch, then Connor Orrick singled to send Hille home and knot the score at 2-2. Carter Halil singled to put Little and Parker across home plate and give the Bulldogs a 4-2 advantage.
But Jefferson County retaliated in the top of the fifth inning to take over a 6-4 lead. The Bulldogs tied it up again in the bottom of the sixth inning, but the Barnstormers put in a run in the top of the seventh to lead 7-6.
Ray-Pec scored in the bottom of the seventh as James Sappington as hit by a pitch and Little singled. Parker hit a single to send Sappington home, making the score 7-7.
The Bulldogs kept it up in the bottom of the eighth inning. After two singles, Alex Higinbotham and James Sappington were walked to walk home Halil. Little hit a single sending in two runners and Sappington stole home on an overthrow to first as the Barnstormers tried to pick off Sappington. Ray-Pec led 11-7 going into the final inning.
Jefferson County put up two runs on the board in the top of the ninth inning.
Going into district play this week at Warrensburg, the Bulldogs sport a 15-11 record, making them the No. 2 seed.
“Our season has been indicative of what happens when not all of the players are available throughout the season,” Bulldogs manager Terrance Harris said. “When we are healthy and all players are here, we have a group that can play with everyone in the district.”
If Ray-Pec wins the district, they will advance to the zone tournament the following week at Springfield Hillcrest.
“Unfortunately, we had seven games rained out this year that could not be rescheduled,” Harris said. “Also, some of our player availability issues forced us into situations where we could not play in some weekend events that we had originally scheduled. As a result, we are planning on expanding the roster for the fall and will schedule games on college campuses to showcase players for the next level. In the past, this has provided around 20 additional games for our group.”