GRAIN VALLEY — Zach Davidson and Trenton Morrow gave the Jefferson City American Legion Post 5 Seniors a perfect start to the Fike Wood Bat Invitational on Thursday.
Davidson and Morrow combined to retire all 21 batters they faced, pitching a perfect game in Jefferson City's 3-0 win against St. Joseph Post 11.
Post 5 later won 8-0 in six innings against Rod's A's of Blue Springs to start the tournament with a 2-0 record in pool play.
Davidson pitched the first five innings against Post 11, striking out 11 of the 15 batters he faced. Davidson struck out the side in the first, third and fourth innings.
Morrow closed the game by pitching the last two innings, striking out two batters and ending the game with an infield pop-up. Post 11 only hit the ball out of the infield once in the entire game, a flyout to Zach Woehr in center field to start the top of the sixth.
Post 5 scored two runs in the first inning and one more in the second.
Woehr opened the first with a walk and Josef Keilholz and Justin Wood followed with back-to-back singles. Woehr scored on a sacrifice fly by Parker Schnieders and Keilholz scored on a wild pitch to give Jefferson City a 2-0 lead.
In the second, Dawson Koch reached on an error and scored on a groundout by Drew Voss to give Post 5 a three-run lead.
Wood had the only multihit game, going 2-for-3 with two singles. Koch and Jack Shinkle also singled, giving Jefferson City five hits in the win.
In Game 2 against Rod's A's — which was rescheduled from Wednesday morning due to rain — Jefferson City fared much better offensively, finishing with 15 hits.
Schnieders led the way, going 3-for-4 with one single, two doubles and four RBI. Wood finished with two singles, one double and two RBI, while Woehr batted 3-for-3 with two singles and a double.
Post 5 scored two runs in the bottom of the first, then had five consecutive hits to open the third inning, scoring four runs to build a 6-0 lead.
Schnieders hit an RBI double in the fourth, then added a walk-off RBI single in the sixth, scoring Zach Davidson to end the game early by run-rule.
Keilholz also had a single, a triple and an RBI in the win, while Gage Bax hit a pair of singles.
Blake Terry earned the win on the mound. In four innings, he gave up three hits and struck out six.
Bax pitched the next 1 innings of relief, walking two and striking out two. Jackson Voss retired the only batter he faced on a flyout to end the top of the sixth.
The Post 5 Seniors (17-5) wrap up pool play today with games against St. Peters Post 313 at 10 a.m., followed by the Concordia Mustangs at 12:30 p.m. Both games will be played at Hidden Valley Sports Complex in Blue Springs.