PORTSMOUTH – With a realistic chance of making the state tournament out of reach, Dover Post 8 has assumed the role of spoiler in the final days of the American Legion baseball regular season.

After winning Game 1 of Thursday’s doubleheader against Post 8, Portsmouth Booma Post 6 learned that Dover isn’t going away quietly.

Booma cruised to a 9-1 victory in the first game of the night, but Dan Wooster pitched a complete game, and added two hits and three RBIs to lead Dover to an 8-3 victory in Game 2 in District B action at Leary Field. Booma (6-5) is battling with Merrimack Post 98 (6-4) for the fourth and final District B tournament spot with five games left in the regular season.

“It’s bittersweet because we won the first game so well, and I think we came out Game 2 little flat. It was also our fifth game in four days, so you could see we came out a little tired and a little fatigued,” Booma coach Louis Vigars said. “But you’ve got to win those games. We’re right there, fighting for the final playoff spot and we control our own destiny. We can’t let it up to anyone else.”

Hunter Leroux-Porter allowed four hits in his first start of the season to lead Booma to its win in Game 1, as Booma scored six runs within the first two innings off Dover starting pitcher Aidan Yoder.

Leroux-Porter added a hit and scored three runs, while Jake Bullard had two hits and a RBI, and Alex Gladu added a pair of RBI singles.

“The first game went pretty well and we had a great offensive showing,” Leroux-Porter said. “The second game; I don’t have any words and I don’t know what happened.”

With Booma serving as the road team in Game 2, Post 6 took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning after Bullard doubled an eventually scored on an error.

Dover (4-7) countered when Griffin Young led off the bottom of the second with a double and Matt Wooster reached on an error. Dan Wooster drove both of them in with a two-run double to give Post 8 a 2-1 lead.

Young added a two-run triple in the bottom of third, Dan Wooster followed two batters later with a RBI single, and Yoder’s RBI double in the fourth left Dover with a 6-1 lead.

“We came kind of short in our first game, but we came back and put some hits together in the second game,” Dover coach Dave Rouleau said. “We drove in some runs and played better in the second game. The first one we made bunch of errors and we couldn’t string any hits together.”

Dan Wooster was in complete control for the majority of the game until he hit a batter and walked a batter to force in a pair of runs in the top of the seventh. Dan Wooster struck out eight and allowed one earned run on five hits.

“I really wanted to finish this game off; I was really hyped up with a lot of emotions,” Dan Wooster said. “It was just in the back of my head that I had to finish this game off.”

Booma will get some rest before its final five-games of the regular season next week, as Post 6 resumes play at home on Monday against first place Rochester Post 7 (9-1).

“It helps that we get this nice little rest, get this little stretch off, and we can ramp up for this final push,” Vigars said. “I think we’ve got it in us; I think we can do it.”