Hillsboro American Legion Post 129 baseball had a busy opening week of the season playing a total of six games. The team, which consists of local athletes under the age of 19, is 2-4 overall as of June 6. The team has had five home games at Shaffer Park in Hillsboro with the other contest held at Hardman Field in Piqua, Ohio.
The second game of the season for Post 129 was the lone away game for the team so far this year as they traveled to Piqua on Wednesday May 31. Post 129 fell to Piqua by a final score of 4-3 in nine innings.
Post 129 gave up four runs through the first four innings before the offense woke up in the bottom of the fourth inning. David Poynter of Clinton-Massie reached base on a walk, but went on to be out at home plate when Whiteoak’s Evan Brill hit into a fielders choice two batters later. Caleb West, also of Whiteoak, reached on an error by the Piqua third-baseman. West went on to score the first run of the night for Post 129 after and RBI single by Hillsboro’s Justin Scott.
The bottom of the fifth saw Post 129 plate another run courtesy of Payton Bell of Hillsboro who scored, with two outs, on a passed ball during Poynter’s at bat. Brill ended the two out rally for Post 129 when he struck out after six pitches.
After being retired in order through the sixth and seventh innings Post 129 added another run in the bottom of the eight inning when Brill scored on an RBI double by Hillsboro’s Kelton Anderson.
Post 129 was only able to muster a total of four hits in the game, but showed patience at the plate drawing seven walks on the night.
On Friday June 2 Post 129 played a double header at Shaffer Park against Springfield. Post 129 played extremely well in the first game of the double header beating Springfield by a score of 20-2 in four innings. However, Post 129 was unable to keep up the pace in the second game falling to the visitors by a score of 11-6 in seven innings.
Post 129 was downright dominant in the first game of the day scoring 19 runs in the first three innings before adding the final run in the bottom of the fourth to secure the easy victory. West led Post 129 with four RBI in the game while three others had three RBI apiece.
Game two saw the visitors from Springfield plate 10 runs in the first four innings to put the game out of reach early for Post 129. After getting two runs early in the first inning the home team was shut down from the second through the fourth inning. Post 129 was able to post a run apiece in the fifth and sixth innings in an attempt to wrestle momentum from Springfield. The bottom of the seventh inning looked to be promising for the home team when, with two outs, four consecutive batters reached base and two of the runners scored, but it was not to be as Springfield was able to get Anderson to strike out to end the game.
Sunday June 4 featured another double header for Post 129 at Shaffer Park this time against the team from Portsmouth. Post 129 was unable to carry any of the momentum it may have created on Friday over into Sunday’s games losing both contests, game one by a score of 2-0 and game two by a score of 13-3.
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