KANSAS CITY, Missouri — The Ada Braves’ American Legion Post 72 baseball squad received much exposure in posting a 2-3 record during the Kansas City American Wood Bat Classic over the weekend.
Ada dropped its first game of the tournament on Wednesday, 4-2, to the third-place team, Post 226 of Kansas. Then on Thursday, the Braves downed Post 186, of the St. Louis, Mo. Area, 7-4. Ada then ripped the Independence (Mo.) Bears, 10-1, on Friday and fell to defending Missouri State American Legion champion Fike Post 499. The Braves then lost to Hays (Kan.), the defending Kansas State American Legion champion, 6-3, on Saturday.
“Overall, I thought we did a good job of scoring runs with a wooden bat,” said Ada Braves’ head coach Travis Graham. “Overall, our bullpen did really well. We came in and shut them down. For a 40-team wooden bat tournament, we got a lot of exposure. There were a lot of college and pro scouts in attendance.”
Pirates Post 226 (Kan.) 4, Ada Braves 2 - Game 1
The Braves spotted the Kansas team three early runs and couldn’t overcome them in dropping the two-run decision to last year’s third-place team from the Kansas American Legion State Tournament.
Ada managed just four hits – one each from Parker Henderson (1-for-2 with a run scored), Braden Fortner (1-for-3 with one RBI), Woodrow Lankford (1-for-3) and Walker Whitworth (1-for-4) – off the Pirates’ Dale Diedrich.
Braves’ starter Tristen Wood was tagged with the loss after lasing just 1.1 innings. Tristan Monroe was solid in relief, allowing only one earned run off two hits with four walks and three strikeouts.
The Pirates compiled six hits with Chase Bauer leading the way with a 2-for-2 effort and a pair of runs scored.
Ada Braves 7, Post 186 (Mo.) 4 – Game 2
Dennis Sims surrendered no runs off just four hits in the final five innings as the Braves topped the Post 186 squad, out of the St. Louis area.