Donovan Graves and Grant Davis combine for 10 strikeouts in six innings
A smaller version of the I-70 World Series was put on display Sunday during the annual Old Timers Game at Twillman field in Harley park.
With past players from Babe Ruth on hand to showcase their skills, the Cardinals proved to be a little better this time (than 1985) by outlasting the Royals 6-2.
Although both teams had players who played collegiately, the Cardinals were just a little more stacked with former minor league player Donovan Graves and former SEMO/CMU standout Grant Davis pitching six of the seven innings. Dalton Bealmer, who currently plays at Longview, also pitched one inning in relief for the Cardinals.
As for the Royals, CMU standout Dustin Ray pitched three innings before giving way to Brett Shelton for one inning. Nick Ray and CJ Zeller, the head baseball coach at Father Tolton, also pitched one inning in relief.
Add it up and it’s no wonder the Cardinals took the early lead with one run in the bottom-half of the first on a lead-off double to left by Brian Jackson and a sacrifice fly to center by Bealmer on a over the head catch by LaTavious Shelby.
The Royals also had their moments, though. After tying the game at 1-all in the top-half of the second on a hit batter, error, single by Nick Ray and a fielder’s choice by Scott Robertson, the Royals came back and tacked on another run in its half of the fourth when Dustin Ray led off with a single and later scored on an error by the first baseman.
Unfortunately for the Royals, they never scored again after that while the Cardinals exploded for five runs in the bottom-half of the fourth on a lead off home run to left by Brian Jackson and a two-run home run to center by Bealmer to go up 6-2. Jeffrey Jackson and Donovan Graves also had RBI-singles in the inning.
That proved to be the difference as the Royals and Cardinals traded outs for the next-two innings.
Graves also picked up the win on the mound for the Cardinals while Brett Shelton took the loss for the Royals. Graves pitched the first-four innings and struck out six batters while giving up two runs on three hits. Davis then came in and pitched two innings in relief and allowed one walk while striking out four. Then, to finish the game, Bealmer pitched one inning and issued one hit while striking out one batter.
For the Royals, Dustin Ray pitched three innings to start the game and yielded one run on two hits and one walk while striking out two. Shelton then came in and pitched one inning and surrendered five runs on six hits while striking out one batter. Then, to finish the game, Zeller pitched one inning and gave up one hit.
As for the hitting in the game for the Cardinals, Brian Jackson went 2-for-2 with a double, home run and one RBI. Graves also had two hits with two singles and one RBI while Dalton Bealmer added a home run and three RBIs, Jeffrey Jackson with a RBI-single and Grant Davis, Jamie Robertson and Richard Wright each with one single.
Also playing for the Cardinals were Cody Sommer, Jeff Kenney, Andrew Tutin, Patrick Solomon and Michael Stock.
For the Royals, Dustin Ray went 2-for-2 with two singles while LaTavious Shelby and Nick Ray added one single each.
Other players for the Royals were Brett Shelton, CJ Zeller, Jalen Poindexter, Kelsey Calloway, Jesse Keeran, Scott Robertson, Brian Bealmer, Mike Ashpaugh and Jason Mathis.