HILLSBORO — Indeed, the wood was good for Portsmouth Post 23’s Senior squad.
That’s because the Post 23 baseball Seniors captured the championship on Sunday of the Hillsboro Wooden Bat Tournament, going 4-1 in the three-day event at Hillsboro’s Shaffer Park — and taking the trophy home with two tough wins on Sunday.
In the championship tilt, the Seniors scored a 3-1 triumph over Chillicothe Post 757 — breaking a scoreless tie in the bottom of the sixth inning.
That victory on Sunday followed a 4-0 shutout of Piqua, as Portsmouth pitcher and 2020 Clay graduate Dakota Dodds tossed a complete-game three-hitter.
With the tournament championship, the Post 23 club —after an 0-6 start —is now 5-7, sandwiched around a 26-3 runaway win at South Webster last Wednesday.
Besides Sunday’s sweep, Post 23 won its first two affairs of the event — a 10-4 victory over the Hillsboro Junior Mavericks and a 14-5 defeat of host Hillsboro.
Its only loss was a 6-1 Saturday setback against Waverly Post 142, which incidentally dropped a 14-0 mercy-rule against Chillicothe on Sunday, as a win would have advanced the Shockers to play Portsmouth in a rematch for the championship.
The Post 23 Seniors return home, and return to non-league action, against the Huntington Hounds on Tuesday.
First pitch is set for 5:30 p.m.
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