Hillsboro American Legion Post 129 participated in two games on Friday as the host team for the Hillsboro wood bat tournament being held at Shaffer Park. The tournament features 10 teams from across the state, with the winner being decided on Sunday in the championship game.
The first game of the day saw Post 129 beat the visiting team by a score of 5-3. After a quiet first two innings Drew Batson of Miami Trace High School got things started in the top of the third inning drawing a walk. Batson went on to score later in the inning when Payton Bell of Hillsboro drove him in with an RBI single giving Post 129 a 1-0 lead.
After an uneventful fifth inning Post 129 added two more run in the top of the sixth inning. Timmy Crone of Fayetteville and Caleb West of Whiteoak hit back to back doubles and both went on to score. Kelton Anderson of Hillsboro cracked his own double two batters later but was left on base when Avery Wilson of Washington Court House struck out to end the inning. Post 129 gave up a run in the bottom of the sixth inning to take a 3-1 into the seventh.
The bottom of the seventh inning featured two runs allowed by Post 129 to give up the two run cushion they had built.
A quiet eighth inning for both teams ensured that there would be drama in the ninth inning with the score tied a three runs apiece. Crone got things started with a single and West followed up with an RBI double to plate Crone giving Post 129 a narrow lead. West went on to score on an RBI double by Cayse Cameron of Hillsboro. Post 129 gave up one hit in the bottom of the ninth inning before forcing three ground-outs to end the game.
Post 129 played a second game on Friday evening against Post 23 from Portsmouth. The first inning saw the visitors from Portsmouth score four runs to put Post 129 in an early 4-0 hole.
Anderson provided the highlight of the game for Post 129 in the top of the second inning when he smashed a high fly ball to deep center-field for an RBI double that scored Cameron from first base.
Post 23 added three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to push their lead to 7-1.
Hillsboro Post 129 went on to score another run in the game while holding the visitors scoreless over the last two innings to lose by a final score of 7-2.
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