LANCASTER -- The Pickerington Post 283 baseball team fell 8-7 against Napoleon Post 300 today in the winner-takes-all finale at Lancaster's Beaver Field.

LANCASTER -- The Pickerington Post 283 baseball team fell 8-7 against Napoleon Post 300 today in the winner-takes-all finale at Lancaster's Beaver Field.

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Recap from yesterday's (July 28) game

Pickerington scored seven runs in the first two innings and held on to beat Napoleon 8-6, avenging a 15-2 mercy-rule loss to the River Bandits on July 26.

The win was Post 283's fourth in a row after dropping into the losers' bracket. Earlier in the day on July 28, Pickerington rallied to defeat Sandusky Post 83 11-9.

Napoleon, which fell to 46-9 overall, whittled away at Post 283's 7-1 lead by scoring twice in the top of the fourth. After back-to-back doubles by Kyle Smith and Isac Franklin gave Pickerington an 8-3 lead in the fifth, Napoleon made it 8-5 in the sixth and 8-6 in the eighth.

The River Bandits had the tying runs on base in the ninth, but D.J. Collins got leadoff hitter Arthur Warren to ground out to second baseman Mason McGrew to end the game.

Collins pitched five innings in relief of Ray Van Boven to earn the win. He allowed three runs, including one earned, on six hits with two walks and two strikeouts. Pickerington, which improved to 42-4, made four errors.

Napoleon had entered the rematch with Post 283 averaging 17 runs per game in the state tournament.

Franklin was 4-for-5, Collins was 2-for-4 with two RBI and Matt Connor was 2-for-4 to lead Pickerington's offense. Kyle Chontos added a two-run double.

In the win over Sandusky, Pickerington was one out away from a loss.

Sandusky led 9-8 entering the ninth, but a one-out error allowed Scott Pancoast to reach base. He was at second with two outs when Connor hit a 2-1 pitch to center field for a game-tying single. Connor then went to second on a passed ball and scored on a single to left by Alex Green, who took second base on the throw to the plate and made it 11-9 on a single by Franklin.

Sandusky had the tying runs in scoring position with one out in the bottom of the ninth, but Rob Sexton enticed a popup before ending the game with a strikeout.

Sandusky, which finished 34-9, scored four in the fourth to turn a 3-1 deficit into a 5-3 lead. Pickerington took a 6-5 lead with three runs in the seventh, only to make two errors in the bottom of the seventh, allowing Sandusky took a 9-6 lead. Post 283 made it 9-8 in the eighth.

Franklin was 4-for-6 with four RBI, Green was 3-for-4 with three runs, Connor was 2-for-4 and Chontos hit a two-run home run in the seventh.