The Dublin (Coffman) American Legion Post 800C baseball team reached the District 12 tournament final before falling to Worthington Post 239 9-5 last Saturday at Thomas Worthington.

The Dublin (Coffman) American Legion Post 800C baseball team reached the District 12 tournament final before falling to Worthington Post 239 9-5 last Saturday at Thomas Worthington.

Both of Post 800C's losses in the tournament were to Post 239 as it finished 24-4 overall. Post 239 will represent the district at the state tournament beginning Monday in Athens.

Post 800C finished 14-1 during regular-season district play to earn the second seed behind Post 239.

Post 800C spotted Post 239 a 4-0 lead in the title game before tying it in the seventh inning. Post 800C closed to within 4-2 with two runs in the fifth, highlighted by Bryan Vranic's two-run single. Thomas Zigo walked with two outs in the seventh and scored on Drew Karabinos' two-run home run to right-center field.

But Post 239 wrapped up the title with five runs in the bottom of the inning against Post 800C ace Neal Smith. Kevin Reik's two-run home run was the key hit.

"We've been tough all season," coach Scott Sutherland said. "We haven't been in a lot of positions where we've been behind. A few times in this tournament we have. Against (Grove City Post 164A in a 13-8 win last Friday) we fell behind a couple of runs and battled back. (Last Saturday) we did a nice job of that."

"They just had us by a step every game," Karabinos said of Post 239. "I thought the momentum may have changed a little bit. We had good swings at (Kyle) Lindquist all day and they weren't falling our way. Fortunately, I got a hold of one and it looked like the ball might bounce our way, but it didn't toward the end."

Smith, who also pitched in an 11-7 loss to Post 239 on July 24, went the distance in the title game. He allowed 13 hits, struck out eight and walked two. Kyle Frazier doubled and singled, and Vranic singled twice.

Lindquist was the winning pitcher, turning in a complete-game performance. He allowed seven hits, struck out nine and walked four. Erik Petry and Kyle Harned also hit home runs for Post 239.

Frazier led Post 800C in hitting at .480 followed by Zigo (.448), Austin Cousino (.442), Vranic (.438), Jay Couger (.439), Victor Migliore (.433) and Karabinos (.432).

Frazier hit five home runs and drove in 34 runs, with Keenan White adding three home runs and 27 RBI. Luis Perez led the team in RBI with 35, and Karabinos led in doubles with 12 and triples with four.

"Our stats were outstanding offensively," Sutherland said. "I don't think we totaled that many runs in a season (276) ever and our defense played well, so I'm very happy."

Smith finished 8-3 in 74 2/3 innings. Migliore was 9-0 followed by White at 4-1.

"It was definitely our best season record wise in the 10 years I've been doing this, and to basically do it with only three pitchers is pretty impressive," Sutherland said. "Victor, Neal Smith and Keenan White were our workhorses."

"This is something I've never been a part of," Karabinos said. "Twenty-four wins, 24-4. It seemed like every guy on this team, one through nine, can hit and field. Everybody is great friends on this team. It's something that I will look back on for a long time."