The Napoleon River American Legion Post #300 baseball team finished with a 3-2 record over the weekend at the Troy Veterans Memorial Tournament. The River Bandits were one game away from playing in the tournament’s championship game.
After splitting a pair of games on Friday to open the tournament, the River Bandits split another two games on Saturday.
Napoleon began Saturday by defeating Hillsboro 12-4, using big five-run innings in both the second and fifth to pull away to victory.
Jeron Williams (Archbold) led the way at the plate with a 3-for-4 performance with a double and three RBIs, while Hunter Bostater (Fairview) was 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Caleb Frank (Fairview) earned the win on the mound for the Bandits. He pitched five innings, gave up four runs, five hits, walked five and struck out three.
Napoleon then lost 5-3 later in the day to the Columbus Braves. After Napoleon scored two runs during the top of the fifth, it was a tie game at 3-3. However, Columbus responded to score one run in the bottom of the fifth and one more during the bottom of the sixth to pull away to victory.
Napoleon tallied five hits in the game, led by Axel Shanks (Patrick Henry), who went 2-for-3. Zac Brickel (Hicksville), Landon Willeman (Napoleon) and Dakota Benner (Montpelier) each had one hit.
The Bandits used a by-committee approach at pitcher for the game, with Bryer Bentley (Montpelier) pitching the first two innings, Levi Gonyer (Otsego) handling 2 2/3 innings and Williams finishing out the final 1 1/3 innings.
Napoleon then finished out the tournament with a 6-2 victory against the Cincinnati River Dawgs.
After two innings, the Bandits and Dawgs were tied at 2-2, but the Bandits scored three runs during the top of the third and one more during the top of the fifth to pull away to victory.
Brickel was 2-for-4 with a single, triple and an RBI and Willeman was 2-for-4 with a single and a triple, while Brandon Shafer (Defiance) and Williams each tallied one hit and one RBI.
Shanks earned the win on the mound. He got the start, went five innings, gave up two runs, five hits, walked two and struck out one.
Napoleon (6-4) returns to action with a doubleheader against Lancaster at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in Lancaster.