(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.