Kansas City The Big Train, a local 14u AA traveling baseball team, competed two weekends ago in the Kansas City Cowtown Showdown. The Big Train took third place in the 16-team event with teams from Iowa, Missouri and Kansas.
They started off with Manhattan, a team that came into the tournament with a 10-0 record, and were able to hand them their first loss of the season by beating them 10-6. Eli Adams got the start on the mound and Trey Sommer and Ethan Godderz came in to close out the game. Next up was Topeka, and the Big Train won 5-4 with Jarrett Herrmann, Carter Hutton, Ethan Godderz and Gavin Page combining for the win on the mound.
With a 2-0 pool play record, the Big Train was the two seed in bracket play and beat Topeka 12-3 to move to the semi-finals. They lost to Blue Springs, Mo., 11-6 in the semi-final contest. Next action will be the Summer Smash in Lawrence and then the state tournament at the end of June.