Festus Post 253 Falls In First State Tournament Game

(Sedalia) Festus Post 253 began play at the American Legion State Tournament Tuesday night in Sedalia but fell to Washington Post 218 4-2 in eight innings.

Festus got out to an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second thanks to an RBI single from Dylan Black and a run-scoring off a groundout double play. However, Washington rallied to tie the game just an inning later. The game remained even until the eighth inning when back-to-back hits led to two runs being scored for Post 218. Festus had two runners on with one out in the bottom of the eight, but a strikeout and fielder’s choice retired the side and gave Washington the win.

Festus falls to 17-16 but is still alive in the double-elimination tournament. Festus will face Jefferson City Post 5 Wednesday at 3:30 from Liberty Park in Sedalia. If Festus wins they will have another game tonight Wednesday against the loser of St. Joseph Post 11 and Washington Post 218.