The baseball team from the Hillsboro American Legion Post 129 traveled to Chillicothe over the weekend to take part in the Jim Jadwin Memorial Tournament. The team went collected one win and two losses at the tournament falling in two games Saturday and winning their final game on Sunday.
The team’s first game pitted Post 129 against Lancaster Post 11 and saw Post 129 lose a hard fought game by a score of 6-5. Post 129 was led by Hillsboro’s Kelton Anderson and Cayse Cameron along with Avery Wilson of Washington Court House who totaled two hits and one run apiece while appearing at the plate three times, all three players also scored a run to contribute to the effort.
Cameron, the starting pitcher for Post 129, was not himself in the game allowing Post 11 to total eight hits and he allowed five earned runs and one unearned run over five innings of work. Cameron also struck out two batters and allowed a single walk in the bottom of the fifth inning.
The second game of the day for Post 129 on Saturday saw the local representatives take on Zanesville Post 29 in what turned out to be a l0w scoring defensive outing.
Fayetteville native Timmy Crone got the start for Post 129 picking up the loss despite striking out six batters and only allowing two run in the game. Crone gave up the first run in the bottom of the second inning on an RBI single by the nine hole hitter. The second run of the game for Post 29 came in the next inning off of an RBI triple by Post 29’s cleanup hitter. Post 129 was unable to muster any offense in the game and only saw a total of 17 plate appearances combined in five innings of play.
The third game of the weekend for Post 129 was a five inning 4-3 nail biter against Jackson Post 81 with Post 129 coming out on top.
Jesse Walker of Hillsboro got the start for Post 129 and had his confidence shaken early by the team from Jackson. Post 81 led off the game by placing a runner on first courtesy of an error by the left fielder. That was followed up by an RBI single to put Post 81 up 1-0 in the first inning. Walker regained his composure after the first two batters as he retired the next six batters in order across the first and second innings.
Post 81 was able to add another run in the third inning after the second batter of the inning recorded a double and went on to score on an error by Walker to bring the score to 2-0.
Post 129 came alive in the third inning as Caleb West and Anderson both scored runs when Post 81 walked four batters and committed an error in the third, knotting the game at two all heading into the fourth inning.
Walker seemed to let his nerves get the best of him in the fourth inning when he walked the first two batters and allowed an RBI single to the five hole hitter that gave Post 81 a 3-2 lead heading into the bottom of the fourth.
Post 129 answered back with two runs of their own in the fourth inning as West and Anderson both scored again for the team from Hillsboro. Anderson drove in West on a monster RBI triple and went on to score during the next at bat when Crone cranked an RBI single to give Post 129 the lead for good.
Post 129 is scheduled for three games this week. The first two games are scheduled for Wednesday in Portsmouth at 5:00 p.m.. The third game of the week will see Post 129 return to Shaffer Park on Thursday for a game against Chillicothe Post 757 at 6:00 p.m.
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