The Hillsboro Legion Post 129 defeated Chillicothe Post 62 on Tuesday night in extra innings with a final score of 5-4.
Hillsboro took an early 1-0 lead in the second inning when Trey Meade scored the game’s first run. Hillsboro added to their lead in the very next inning, scoring Jacob Burns, Latrell Haithcock, and Morgan Ryan to make the score 4-0.
Chillicothe finally answered with two runs in both the fifth and sixth innings to tie the score at four runs a piece. Neither team scored in the seventh which forced the game into extra innings.
Jacob Burns took over on the mound in the eighth inning replacing Jesse Walker, who had five strikeouts in the game. Burns threw eight pitches in the inning getting two groundouts and striking out the last batter.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, Hillsboro’s David Poynter reached base on an error and that brought Burns to the plate. Burns laid down a sacrifice bunt and was thrown out at first for the second out of the inning. Poynter didn’t stop at second base and ran to third. He was safe on the throw and the ball made it past the third baseman and he got up and ran home for his team’s fifth and game-winning run.
Burns got the win for Post 129 and Jesse Walker received the no-decision.
The Hillsboro team plays both Wednesday and Thursday at home to close their regular season.
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