Area fans were treated to some old-school baseball on June 22-26.

Area fans were treated to some old-school baseball on June 22-26.

The fourth annual Worthington/Phoenix Wood Bat Tournament was held at eight fields in central Ohio, with the championship games played at Worthington Kilbourne High School on June 26.

Fifty teams competed in the Under-16 and U-18 divisions, an increase from 40 entries last year and eight in the tournament's first year in 2008.

Proceeds from the tournament benefited the Kilbourne baseball program.

Tournament director Travis Cox began the event four years ago, looking to give players and fans a different perspective of the game.

"A lot of the coaches grew up playing in the wood-bat era, so they're trying to get their kids to see what it was like to play like that when they were kids," Cox said. "It definitely changes the atmosphere of the game. Pitchers learn to throw strikes a lot more because they know kids are going to struggle hitting with the wood bat. You see a lot more small ball, bunts, hit and run. The games are 2-1, 3-2."

The tournament kicked off with a college showcase event on June 22 at Kilbourne. Seventy players participated in the event, which allowed them to display their skills to the college coaches in attendance.

The Gahanna American Legion Post 797A team defeated the Columbus Cobras 3-2 in the U-16 championship game.

Post 797A improved to 15-4.

Pitcher Alec Touhy, who will be a junior at Gahanna, pitched a complete game. He allowed six hits, struck out eight and walked one.

Post 797A broke a scoreless tie with three runs in the fourth inning. The key hit was Alex Delp's two-run single. Touhy drew a bases-loaded walk to score Christian Chiero with the third run against starting and losing pitcher Cody Seagraves.

The Cobras, comprised of players entering their sophomore year, closed to within 3-2 with single runs in the fourth and fifth innings.

Alec McCurry led off the fourth with a double and scored on Jarrett Peters' single.

Andrew Chacey singled with two outs in the fifth and scored on Kyle Casserly's single.

Touhy retired the side in order in the seventh.

"This is big," Touhy said. "This team has played together since (the players were) 14 and 15 (years old). We've come so close and we've actually never got it done, so this is a big deal."

After losing to the Grove City Titans 7-5 on June 23, Post 797A bounced back to win its final four games to finish the tournament with a 5-1 record.

"I'm very proud of the boys," Post 797A coach Mark Cararo said. "They worked awfully hard to come back. I just can't say enough about them. The demeanor of the boys was still positive. They knew what they needed to do and they knew they had to win out to have a chance to make it to Sunday. Our goal is always to make it to Sunday."

The Cobras, who began play Memorial Day weekend, fell to 30-5.

"We're 15-year-olds playing in a 16-year-old tournament," Cobras coach Tim Peters said. "We had great pitching and the kids did well. It came down to a one-run ballgame. I don't think anyone expected us to be here this weekend."

The Ohio Yankees of Akron dominated opponents in winning the U-18 title.

The Yankees defeated the Dayton Dodgers 8-0 in five innings in the championship game and outscored their opponents 30-3 in the tournament.

The top area team was the Ohio Elite, which reached a semifinal but lost to the Dodgers 11-4 to finish 4-2.