Levi Porter settled in after a rough first inning and led Portsmouth to a 5-2 come-from-behind win over Chillicothe on Wednesday in high school baseball action.
The win capped a day when Hatcher Field was officially dedicated.
"That made this win really nice," Portsmouth Coach Fred Myers said. "Plus, Levi tossed a great game."
Chillicothe (0-6, 0-3) had three hits and scored two runs in the top of the first inning. However, Porter found his zone and allowed only two hits over the next six innings to claim the win.
"My fast ball felt good," Porter said. "After the first (inning), I just let my defense take over."
The Trojans tied the game at 2-2 when Adam Bray scored on a double by Jeremy Scott that hit the fence on the fly in the bottom of the fifth inning. PHS then took the lead when Brennan Howard scored on a hit by Tanner Poage, and added to its lead when Isiah Lisath scored off an RBI single by Mitch Gower.
"Jeremy came through when we needed it," Myers said. "We had some good, timely hits tonight."
While Portsmouth was taking the lead, Porter was feeling confident on the mound.
"Once we got the lead, I knew if I just threw strikes that my defense would get them out," Porter said.
""Levi kept the ball down low for the most part," Myers said. "But overall, we are getting better the more we play. This was a good win for us."
After Chillicothe took the early 2-0 lead, PHS countered in the bottom of the second inning when Poage scored off a fielder's choice from Len Collins.
Chillicothe — 200 000 0 — 2 5 1
Portsmouth — 010 031 x — 5 11 1
Chillicothe — Mischal 2-4.
Portsmouth — Bray 1-3, Myers 2-4, Howard 1-3, Scott 2-3, Gibson 2-3.
WP — Porter
LP — Taylor