HILLSBORO — Findlay’s Post 3 American Legion team won its first three games of the Hillsboro Wooden Bat Tournament over the weekend, then earned the championship trophy on criteria when rain washed out Sunday’s showdown with Troy Post 43.
Troy was also 3-0 heading into Sunday. But Findlay was awarded first place because Post 3 had allowed fewer runs in wins over Springfield (3-2), Waverly (4-1) and the Troy Bombers (19-5).
Findlay came up clutch in the first game of the tournament, beating Springfield with three two-out, one-run rallies. Matthew Boes hit a two-out solo home run in the bottom of the sixth inning, Cody Balliet hit a game-tying RBI double after pinch hitter Alex Sierra was hit by a pitch in the seventh, and Levi Gazarek hit a game-winning double after Boes drew a two-out walk in the eighth.
Cade Whitticar got the win with three strong innings of relief. Whitticar and starter Tyler Lydick combined for 15 strikeouts.
In the second game, Waverly’s Derek Eblin limited Findlay to just two hits — singles by Jonathan Duvall and Gazarek. But Findlay scored one run in the second inning on a beaning, a walk and an error and tacked on three runs in the sixth on a bases loaded walk and two ground outs. Kaleb Wilkinson pitched a five-hitter in getting the win.
Findlay’s bats came alive against the Troy Bombers with Post 3 scoring six runs in the first inning and 11 in the sixth.
Boes hit a two-run home run in the first inning and added an RBI in the sixth after being beaned for the second time in that inning and third time in the game.
Nick Kidwell had a two-run home run in the third inning and two run double in the sixth, Gazarek (2-2B, 1B, 2 RBI) and Balliet (3-1B) had three hits each and Caden Lance (2-1B, RBI) had two. Lead off man Travis Milligan drew four walks and scored three times.
Findlay improved to 9-2 with the the three-game sweep. Post 3 will host Toledo in a 7:30 p.m. game Wednesday at Findlay High.
FINDLAY 3, VAN WERT 2
Springfield 000 101 00 — 2 5 0
Findlay 000 001 11 — 3 5 0
WP — Whitticar (3-0). LP — Lyle. top hitters: (Fin) Warren 2B; Boes HR, RBI; Gazarek 2B, RBI; Balliet 1B, RBI.
Findlay 4, Waverly 1
Waverly 000 000 1 — 1 5 2
Findlay 010 003 x — 4 2 1
WP — Wilkinson (2-1). LP — Eblin. top hitters: (Wav) Gillen 2-1B. (Fin) Gazarek 1B; Duvall 1B.
FINDLAY 19, Troy bombers 5
Findlay 602 00(11) — 19 15 1
Troy Bombers 410 000 — 5 6 2
WP — Sierra (2-0). LP — Cleckner. top hitters: (Fin) Boes HR, 3 RBI; Gazarek 2-2B, 1B, 2 RBI; Lance 2-1B, RBI; Balliet 3-1B; Kidwell 2B, HR, 4 RBI.(TB) Cleckner 1B, 2B, RBI; Martin 2-1B, 2 RBI.
records: Findlay 9-2.