Warrensburg overwhelms Boonville in annual tournament

Written by Muleskinner Staff

(WARRENSBURG, Mo., digitalBURG) – The Post 131 Isotopes kicked off the annual Sedalia-Warrensburg tournament with a 7-2 win against Boonville Friday.
Dylan Riley, Warrensburg’s starter, tossed seven brilliant innings, compiling eight strikeouts in his complete game.
“I feel like everybody played really well,” Riley said. “I tried keeping everybody off balance.”
Riley’s start was at risk of being wasted on a poor offensive performance, as the Isotopes were being no-hit through three innings.
“We weren’t very aggressive at the plate,” said head coach Jim Sales. “When we started looking for the first pitch strike is when we got started.”
Boonville struck first in Friday night’s matchup, scoring two third-inning runs on a walk and two singles. Riley helped his own cause with an excellent defense to spark a double play in the third inning, which limited Boonville’s damage.
Warrensburg finally found the scoreboard in the fourth inning, and in a big way, piling on six runs on as many hits. First baseman Brad Long capped off the inning with a three-run home run, turning on a fastball and pulling the pitch over the left field fence.
“I got jammed inside in my last at bat and I got a hold of an inside pitch and took it,” Long said. “It happened to be a good hit, I was just hoping for a single.”
After allowing Boonville’s sole two runs, Riley retired the next 12 batters, putting up six of his eight strikeouts during his perfect run. It was an easy decision for coach Sales to send Riley out in the seventh inning to finish the game.
“He was in control from the first inning to the last inning,” Sales said. “His breaking ball had them off balance all game. When he has that going he’s pretty tough.”
Post 131 added an insurance run in the fifth inning on a Brett Marr RBI single to score Jared Allnut from second. With the absence of Chase Leavy, Allnut took over the leadoff role going 2-4 and scoring twice.
Despite facing Boonville’s substitutions, Riley retired three straight in the seventh inning, sealing the win for Warrensburg, 7-2.
Pot 131 continues the Sedalia-Warrensburg tournament today at home, with their first game scheduled for 10:30 a.m.