Post 366 adds 5 more wins, including tourney title


Jacob Fish tags out a Moundridge at third base during Sunday?s contest.The throw came from left-fielder Calvin Jeffrey. Hillsboro won the game, 6-2, behind the pitching of Jake Liles. Phyllis Richert photo

Hillsboro American Legion Post 366 continued to steamroll through its regular season, sweeping all five games it played last week, including a three-game round-robin tournament at Tabor College Field over the weekend.

The team started its week Wednesday with a 15-0, 15-0 clubbing of Salina, then ran the table at its home tournament: 11-1 over Buhler on Friday, 12-2 over Abilene on Saturday and 6-2 over Moundridge on Sunday.

The five wins improved the team?s season mark to 18-1.

Moundridge?Moundridge scored the first run of the game in its first at-bat, but Post 366 came right back with two in the bottom of the first and never trailed again on the way to the four-run victory.

The win avenged Hillsboro?s only loss of the season and gave the team a 3-0 record for the tournament.

Post 366 punched out six hits, including a double by Kyle Han?nigan and a triple by Brian Palmero.

Jake Liles, meanwhile, allowed Moundridge only one hit while striking out eight batters, including all three batters he faced in the fifth.

Abilene?Post 366 pounded four home runs en route to the 10-run win over Abilene. Brian Palmero hit two round-trippers while Daniel Jost and Travis Riesen each added one.

Palmero finished 3-for-4 at the plate with five runs batted in, and Riesen went 4-for-4 with two RBI to pace the home team.

In six innings on the mound, Tyler Ediger picked up the win, allowing both Abilene runs on three hits while striking out four. Jacob Edwards pitched the seventh and final inning.

Buhler?Post 366 took only 41⁄2 innings to dispatch Buhler in the tournament opener for both teams.

Calvin Jeffrey and Cole Starkey singled to lead off the home half of the first inning, then Daniel Jost and Travis Riesen ripped back-to-back doubles en route to an initial four-run burst.

Post 366 finished with 10 hits in its four innings at the plate, with Starkey and Riesen picking up three hits each.

Pitcher Isaac Liehy scattered four hits over five innings to earn the win.

Salina?At Salina, Post 366 combined eight hits and six walks for a four-inning run-rule victory in Game 1. Brian Fruechting pitched the one-hit shutout.

In Game 2, Salina pitchers walked 13 batters and surrendered six hits in a six-inning loss. Brian Palmero surrendered only three hits for Hillsboro while striking out 10 to earn the shutout win.

Coming?Hillsboro?s scheduled game against Buhler on Tuesday was canceled, but the team will square off at home against Herington on Thursday in the last game on the regular-season schedule.

Post-season play begins July 8 with the zone tournament in Marion. It will continue through July 15. If the team advances, the state tournament begins July 17 and continues through July 22 in Garden City.

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