Brad Miller was the starting pitcher for Hillsboro Post 129 in the first game of their doubleheader Tuesday night at Shaffer Park. (HCP Photo/Stephen Forsha)
Brad Miller was the starting pitcher for Hillsboro Post 129 in the first game of their doubleheader Tuesday night at Shaffer Park. (HCP Photo/Stephen Forsha)
The Hillsboro Post 129 baseball team hosted Springfield Tuesday night at Richard Shaffer Park, splitting a doubleheader with the visitors.

Post 129 won game one by a score of 8-7 but lost game two of the twin bill at 9-1. The two games leave their record at 5-5 overall on the season.

In game one, Hillsboro jumped out to an early lead with a 2-0 advantage after scoring a run in each of those first two innings.



The first inning began with Payton Bell drawing a walk, followed by a single on a line drive off the bat of Matthew Mitchell (2-for-3, one run), sending the ball to left field. With runners at first and second, both runners advanced a base on a passed ball.

Hillsboro scored their first run of the game with a sacrifice fly hit to centerfield by John Salyers, scoring Bell from third base for the 1-0 lead.

The bottom of the second began with Evan Ball (3-for-4, two runs, one RBI) hitting a line drive single to left field. Following the first out of the inning, Justin Scott (2-for-3, two RBI) moved Ball to third base with a double to centerfield.

Zach Mitchell gained a RBI, giving Hillsboro a two-run lead as his groundout to the shortstop scored Ball from third base.

Though Springfield tied the score with two runs in the top of the fourth inning, then added four runs in the top of the fifth for a 6-2 advantage, Post 129 wasn’t out of reach yet.

In fact, Post 129 rallied and scored five runs of their own in the bottom of the fifth innings, taking a 7-6 lead.

The bottom portion of the fifth began with Matthew Mitchell being hit by a pitch, followed by Drew Pitzer reaching first base on an error, moving Mitchell to third base. Mitchell scored on a wild pitch, making it a three-run deficit for Post 129.

Next came a big home run off the bat of Salyers (2-for-3, one run, three RBI), with the second pitch of the at-bat flying over the centerfield fence. Salyers’ two-run home run — his third of the season — left the Post 129 team down by a run at 6-5.

Spencer Branham followed with a base hit to left field, and Ball hit into a fielder’s choice with Branham out at second base. Bailey Roberts stepped up to the plate and forced a walk, followed by Scott hitting a single to left field, scoring Roberts and Ball for a 7-6 lead by the home team.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, the Post 129 team added one run with Ball hitting a single to left field to score Pitzer, as Pitzer reached the bases on a lead-off walk. Pitzer eventually went to third off a base hit back to the pitcher by Salyers.

Springfield made things interesting in the top of the seventh by adding one run, but the Post 129 team kept the lead to win the game.

For the game, Post 129 totaled 12 hits and committed no errors, while Springfield had eight hits and one error.

Traeten Hamilton earned the win for Post 129, pitching 2.2 innings of relief. In his appearance on the mound, Hamilton threw 60 pitches, where he allowed one run (earned) on three hits and three walks, while also striking out three batters.

Brad Miller was the starting pitcher for Post 129, as he went 4.1 innings on the mound. Miller in 75 pitches allowed six runs (all earned) on five hits and two walks. Miller finished with four strikeouts in the no-decision.

In game two of the doubleheader, Springfield defeated Post 129 by a 9-1 final score as Hillsboro was held to one hit and committed two errors in the six inning game. Springfield finished with five hits in their win over Post 129.

Post 129 scored their lone run in the bottom of the first inning Hamilton scoring the run. Hamilton was the lone Post 129 player to have a hit in game two as he was 1-for-1 with one run, a double and one walk. Also drawing a walk in the game was Ball.

Hillsboro had four pitchers in the game with Pitzer charged with the loss, going 4.2 innings on the mound. With 77 pitches in the outing, Pitzer allowed four runs (one earned) on three hits and three walks. Pitzer also struck out three batters.

Billy Depugh threw 21 pitches, where he allowed three runs (none earned) on one hit and three walks. Gavin Taulbee pitched 0.2 innings of relief, where on 22 pitches he allowed two runs (both earned) on no hits and three walks.

Branham pitched 0.2 innings of relief where he threw a total of 15 pitches, allowing no runs on one hit, and he also had one strikeout.