Heat Puts Wrap On 2020 Season

Adam Dean Howe
Enterprise Staff
Heat Puts Wrap On 2020 Season
In the last week of the 2020 season in the Sedalia Competitive League, the Heat 10U squad went 1-1, finishing their season at the .500 mark of 6-6. 
On Tuesday, Heat suffered a loss at the hands of the Knob Noster Ambush, 9-3.  
Domanic Masoner took the loss for the orange-and-black.  He threw 4 innings, giving up 6 hits and 3 walks while striking out 7 opposing batters. 
The Heat offense was stymied by the Knob Noster squad again this week, as they were unable to record a hit.  
On the following night though, the Heat offense came to life again in the season finale as they came up with timely hits and ran rampant on the bases en route to an 11-10 win over the Central MO Sox.  The win avenged a loss in the season opener back in June.
Brecken Brewster notched the mound win for Heat.  He threw a 4 inning complete game and gave up just 6 hits and 3 walks while striking out 8.  
Brewster was also the benefactor of several defensive gems, especially from the outfield; plays that made Heat coaches ecstatic.
“Brecken threw really well, like we all know he can,” said Coach Adam Howe. “But our defense really got behind him in this one.  They stepped up and made plays that we’ve practiced and prepared for all season and to see it all come together, even if it is in the last game, makes our season worth it.”
The Heat offense was led by Brody Boggs, Masoner and Bryce Jenkins who each tallied 1 hit. Sam Strozewski and Brett Howe both crossed the plate 3 times for the victors. 
In their first season as a competitive team, Heat 10U finished their season at 6-6.
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After taking one on the chin from the Sedalia Junior Tigers by a 16-2 final, the Show-Me Heat 12U Gemes gang rallied to cap their season with a 12-1 win over the Sedalia Bombers last Wednesday night in the nightcap of a doubleheader.  
T.C. Hambrick got the win for Heat by pitching the first 2 innings of the contest.  He yielded just 1 hit and 3 bases on balls while striking out 6.  Chance Koll came in to pitch the last inning.  He gave up just 2 hits and struck out 2 in his relief appearance.  
The Heat offense was paced by Koll and Brody Burnworth who both collected 2 hits while 1 apiece was added by Logan Gemes, Hambrick, Jacob Gregory, Reece Maxwell and Roman Reser.  
With the win, the Gemes group concluded their season just under the .500 mark at 5-6-1.
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With a couple of big wins recently, the Show-Me Heat 12U Kern crew positioned themselves to be seated near the top of the final standings, but that seat was pulled out from under them last week as they fell victim of defeat in their final 2 games of the year.
In their first game of a doubleheader on Tuesday night, Heat fell behind early and couldn’t recover as they took a 7-3 loss to the 26ers.  
Ayden Burdick took the loss for Show-Me Heat.  He lasted 4.1 innings, allowing 10 hits and 7 runs while striking out 4.  
Drake Murrell went 2-for-2 at the plate to lead Heat while 1 hit each came off the bats of Ryan Fajen, Shane Poyser, Brennen Slavens, Cade Banks and Burdick. 
Later that same night, Heat lost the lead late in an 8-3 defeat to the Sedalia Smoke.  The game was tied at 3 with Smoke batting in the top of the third when a 2-run single broke the tie.
Smoke got on the board first with 1 run in the opening frame, but Heat notched 3 runs in the second inning.  Colton Kern, Josh Harvath and Fajen all drove in runs in the inning.
Kern took the loss for Heat.  He allowed 9 hits and 8 runs over 4 innings, striking out 6.
Poyser led the Heat offense with 2 hits in two at-bats while 1 hit apiece was contributed by Fajen, Slavens, Banks, Burdick, Kern and Harvath. 
The Kern crew finished their season with a 7-5 overall record.