Pictured is Hillsboro Post 129's Payton Bell. (HCP Photo/Stephen Forsha)
Pictured is Hillsboro Post 129's Payton Bell. (HCP Photo/Stephen Forsha)
This past Friday, Saturday and Sunday (June 7-9), the Hillsboro American Legion Post 129 baseball team traveled to Troy and played in their annual tournament where Post 129 finished 1-4 in their five games, as Hillsboro defeated Troy Post 43 on Saturday.

Hillsboro on Friday lost to Greenville by a 6-2 score, followed by a loss to Napoleon by a score of 12-4. On Saturday, Post 129 dropped a game to Sidney at 6-1 but rallied to gain a win against Troy Post 43 by a 12-0 score. On Sunday, Hillsboro lost to the Columbus Braves as they were outscored 16-11 to move their overall season record to 4-4.



Below are capsules of all five games:

• Greenville 6, Hillsboro 2

Hillsboro trailed by a 1-0 score after the first inning but came back in the top of the second with two runs. Grenville answered with three runs crossing the plate in the bottom of the second for a 4-2 lead over Hillsboro.

Greenville added two more runs in the bottom of the fourth to seal the win at 6-2 as they totaled seven hits and committed one error. Post 129 had four hits in the game and committed two errors.

Gaining two of the four hits for Hillsboro Post 129 was Zach Mitchell, who finished 2-for-3 with two RBI. Also with hits in the game for Hillsboro were Dominic Kerns at 1-for-1 and Spencer Branham at 1-for-2 with one win and one walk.

Also scoring a run for Post 129 was John Salyers, who also forced one walk. Others to draw walks in the loss were Payton Bell and Drew Pitzer, as Hillsboro totaled four walks against Greenville. Trey Bogart was hit by a pitch, and Mitchell had a steal.

Bailey Roberts was charged with the loss. In five innings, he allowed six runs (four earned) on seven hits and six walks, while also finishing with one strikeout. He totaled 100 pitches in the game.

Billy Depugh pitched one inning of relief, where in 22 pitches he allowed two walks and struck out one.

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• Sidney 6, Hillsboro 1

In their second game at the Troy Tournament on Friday, Post 129 lost to Sidney by a 6-1 score. Hillsboro totaled more hits with 10 compared to five by their opponent, but Post 129 was unable to get runners home.

The game was tied at 1-1 after the second inning where both teams scored runs that inning, but Sidney added a run each in the third and fifth innings, followed later by a three-run top of the seventh inning.

Having one hit each for Hillsboro were Payton Bell, Zach Mitchell, Matthew Mitchell, John Salyers, Spencer Branham and Drew Pitzer.

Leading Post 129 at the plate were Dominic Kerns at 2-for-3 (including a double) and Justin Scott, who was also 2-for-3 with one RBI. Scoring Hillsboro’s lone run was Branham.

The loss was charged to Pitzer, who pitched six innings. He allowed three runs (one earned) on three hits and three walks, while also striking out four batters. Pitzer threw a total of 96 pitches.

Branham pitched 0.2 innings of relief, where in 39 pitches he allowed three runs (all earned) on two hits and four walks. Billy Depugh had 0.1 innings of relief where he threw one pitch.

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Napoleon 12, Hillsboro 4

In their Saturday afternoon contest, the Post 129 Hillsboro squad lost to Napoleon by a 12-4 score, with all of Hillsboro’s runs coming in the first two innings as they scored two runs in both the first and second innings.

Napoleon saw their runs cross home plate with five in the second, two in the fourth and five more in the top of the fifth inning. For the game, Napoleon collected eight hits and had one error. Post 129 finished with seven hits and three errors.

Having two hits in the loss for Post 129 was Payton Bell, who finished 2-for-4 with one run.

Finishing with a hit each were Zach Mitchell, (one run, one RBI, two walks), Drew Pitzer (one run, one RBI), John Salyers (one RBI, two walks, a double), Spencer Branham (one RBI) and Evan Ball. Bailey Roberts and Trey Bogart each forced a walk, and Justin Scott scored one run.

The loss was charged to Dominic Kerns, as he threw 93 pitches in four innings in his start. Kerns allowed seven runs (four earned) on five hits and five walks, while also striking out three batters.

Brock Morris pitched 0.1 innings of relief (26 pitches), where he allowed five runs (four earned) on one hit and three walks. Billy Depugh pitched 2.2 innings (46 pitches), allowing no runs on two hits and two walks. Morris also struck out one batter.

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Hillsboro 12, Troy 0

Hillsboro’s lone win over the weekend came on Saturday night, where they defeated Troy Post 43 by a 12-0 score in a game where Hillsboro totaled 14 hits and had one error. Troy totaled four hits and no errors.

Post 129 came out strong with a four-run second inning, then added one run in the top of the third, plus two more runs in the top of the fourth inning. The game saw Hillsboro add five more runs in the fifth inning, eventually leading to the run-rule victory.

Of the 14 hits collected by the Post 129 squad, Dominic Kerns and Zach Mitchell each totaled three hits in the win. Kernes was 3-for-4 with one run, a double and one RBI. Zach Mitchell went 3-for-3 with two runs and three RBI. Mitchell also hit a double and a triple for Hillsboro in the win.

Having two hits for Post 129 were Matthew Mitchell (2-for-4, one run, one RBI) and Drew Pitzer (2-for-2, two runs, three RBI, triple, one walk).

Gaining one hit in the game for Hillsboro were Payton Bell (one run, one RBI, two walks), John Salyers (one run, one RBI, a double, one walk), Evan Ball (one run, a double, one RBI) and Justin Scott (three runs, one walk).

Gavin Taulbee was the winning pitcher, pitching all five innings for the shutout victory. He allowed no runs on four hits, and two walks. Taulbee threw a total of 79 pitches in the win and collected three strikeouts.

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Columbus Braves 16, Hillsboro 11

In a game where the Hillsboro Post 129 team and the Columbus Braves totaled a combined 25 hits and 27 runs, it was the Braves who came out on top by a 16-11 score on Sunday morning for the win over Hillsboro.

Post 129 led 3-2 at the end of the first inning, but a six-run top of the second for Columbus, followed by one run by Post 129 in the same inning, left Hillsboro trailing 8-4 after two innings.

In the top of the third, Columbus added five more runs and in the fourth built their lead to 14-4. Post 129 answered with five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, followed by a two-run sixth inning to make it a 14-11 deficit. The Braves tacked on two more runs in the top of the seventh for the eventual five-run win over Hillsboro.

The game saw Columbus out-hit Hillsboro, 13-12, while the Braves had three errors and Hillsboro had two.

Payton Bell led Hillsboro at the plate by going 3-for-5 with one run scored and two doubles. Drew Pitzer finished 2-for-5 with three runs, and John Salyers was 2-for-4 with three runs, a home run and four RBI.

Also with two hits was Dominic Kernes at 2-for-4 with one run and three RBI, while Trey Bogart was 2-for-4 with one walk and one RBI.

Having one hit was Zach Mitchell who also scored one run and had one RBI. Matthew Mitchell scored one run and had one walk, while Spencer Branham also scored a run and forced a walk. Justin Scott finished with one RBI and forced one walk.

Evan Ball was charged with the loss against Columbus. He threw 57 pitches in 1.1 innings, allowing eight runs (five earned) on three hits and two walks. Salyers pitched 1.2 innings of relief. In his 71 pitches, he allowed five runs (five earned) on four hits and five walks, while also striking out two batters.

Scott pitched four innings for Hillsboro, allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits and three walks, and he finished with three strikeouts in 66 total pitches.