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SOSA Staff

SOSA Staff

Checking in on the area’s American Legion baseball teams

Here's a look at how each of the area's American Legion baseball teams is faring this year.

SOSA Staff

Southern Ohio Sports Authority is presented by OhioHealth.

The American Legion summer baseball season officially crossed the halfway point this past week with multiple local programs in action.

Portsmouth Post 23 currently sits at 12-5 on the season after winning the annual Jim Jadwin tournament last weekend.

Led by Caeleb McGraw, Holden Blankenship, Cooper McKenzie, Blake Stuntebeck, and others, 23 has won seven of its last eight games after a 5-4 start to the summer.

The one loss they suffered in the past eight contests came at the hands of Waverly Post 142 in a narrow 6-5 decision.

142 currently owns a 12-10 record, with eight players batting over .300. Dax Estep leads the team with 18 RBIs and Jase Hurd has pounded out five doubles alongside 15 runs.

However, the Shockers have lost six of their last eight games. They aim to get back in the win column this week with games against Chillicothe Post 757 and Hillsboro Post 129.

Speaking of 129, it sits at 9-15 on the year. Although that record isn’t flashy, it did play in the Jim Jadwin tournament championship against Post 23 before falling by a 10-0 decision.

Meanwhile, Chillicothe Post 757 has struggled this season to string wins together.

The Colts opened Jadwin play with two wins, but couldn’t sustain that momentum and bowed out just as quickly.

With the end of the season upon the horizon, the Colts have a few games left to get some consistency before the Region 5 tournament begins.

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