Drew Pitzer is pictured from a Hillsboro Post 129 game last week. (HCP Photo/Stephen Forsha)
Drew Pitzer is pictured from a Hillsboro Post 129 game last week. (HCP Photo/Stephen Forsha)
Following the top of the first inning, the Hillsboro Post 129 baseball team trailed by five runs to Circleville Post 134, but little by little the Post 129 squad chipped away, and even at one point took the lead in their first game of the Region 5 Tournament.

In the end, though, the No. 4 seeded Post 129 team from Hillsboro was unable to secure the win, falling to No. 6 seeded Circleville by an 11-9 score.

The Region 5 Tournament is a double-elimination tournament, so Hillsboro will be back on the field Monday afternoon at 1:45 p.m. against a TBA opponent. The loss drops Hillsboro Post 129 to an overall record of 8-21.



As for the beginning of their game on Sunday — in a game at VA Memorial Stadium at 9 a.m. — Hillsboro trailed by a 5-0 score after the top of the first inning but came back with two runs in the bottom half of the first to make it a three-run deficit.

Payton Bell was the leadoff batter for Hillsboro where he forced a six-pitch walk, and after a fly ball out, John Salyers (2-for-4, one run, one walk, three RBI) doubled to centerfield, scoring Bell. Jared Thompson stepped up to the plate and doubled to shallow centerfield, scoring Salyers.

Hillsboro came back with four runs in the bottom of the second as Dominic Kerns took first base on an infield error to lead off the inning. Next was a seven-pitch walk by Trey Bogart, which was followed by a base hit from Justin Scott (3-for-4, one run), who sent the ball to left field to load the bases with no outs.

Zach Mitchell (2-for-3, one run, two RBI) batted in a runner with a line drive single to right field, scoring Kerns and keeping the bases loaded. A fielder’s choice scored Bogart, and another fielder’s choice tied the score at 5-5 with a ground ball hit by Drew Pitzer, scoring Scott.

Hillsboro took the lead with a single by Salyers, scoring Pitzer for the 6-5 lead.

The Post 129 squad added to their lead with one run in the bottom of the third with Spencer Branham (2-for-4, one run) scoring of a ground ball hit by Zach Mitchell. Branham initially reached the bases on a lead-off double.

With Hillsboro leading by two runs, Circleville didn’t falter. Instead, they regained their lead with a four-run fourth inning, followed by two runs in the fifth inning for a Post 134 lead of 11-7.

Hillsboro tried to battle back in the bottom of the seventh inning with two runs as Bogart walked, followed by a one-out single by Zach Mitchell. Next, Bell had a base hit to left field, scoring Bogart.

The bases were loaded when Pitzer was hit by a pitch, and Salyer gained an RBI with a groundout to second base, scoring Mitchell.

Though they lost the game, Hillsboro did out-hit Post 134, 12-11. Hillsboro also committed two errors, and Circleville had one error.

The pitching loss on the mound was charged to Gavin Taulbee, who in four innings allowed 11 runs (eight earned) on 10 hits and six walks. Taulbee threw 95 pitches in the start.

Billy Depugh pitched three innings of relief (24 pitches), where he allowed no runs on one hit and no walks.