WAVERLY — The Waverly Post 142 Shockers rebounded from losing three of their last four games by picking up a win Tuesday evening against Portsmouth Post 23. The Shockers defeated Post 23 15-5 in five innings.
“Our focus, mentality and approach was the best it has been all year,” Waverly Post 142 coach Jonathan Teeters said. “Everyone was ready to play their role.”
Post 23 coach Matthew Miller said it seemed Post 142 kept finding holes with their hits.
“They put the ball in play and hit them where we weren’t,” Miller said. “That kind of started the whole mess for us.”
Alex Powell got the win for the Shockers, pitching all five innings played. He gave up five runs, four of which were earned, off seven hits. Powell didn’t walk any batters and struck out five during the game.
“Alex tossed another nice game for us,” Teeters said. “He didn’t allow any free passes and pounded the zone.”
After holding Post 23 scoreless in the top of the first, Waverly Post 142 scored a pair of runs in their half of the inning, as Brody Shoupe and Jared Alley scored for the Shockers.
Leading 2-0 after one inning, Post 142 would be held scoreless in the second inning, but came back to score four more runs in the third inning.
Derek Burk, Shoupe, Alley, and Drew Harris all crossed the plate to give the Shockers a 6-0 lead over the newly resurrected Post 23.
In the fourth inning, the Shockers added another four runs as Shawn Mersiel, Burk, Shoupe and Alley all scored for Waverly Post 142.
As Post 23 faced a mountain-like 10 run deficit, the Portsmouth squad fought back and refused to give up and walk away.
In the top of the fifth, Post 23’s Jaydren Guthrie started off the inning by reaching via an error, while Mikey Potts was then hit by a pitch.
With runners on first and second base, Cody Wiltshire loaded the bases with a single.
The next batter, JJ Stamper, hit an RBI single, scoring Guthrie.
Kyle Jenkins then added two more runs for Post 23 with a two-RBI double, which scored Potts and Wiltshire.
Two batters later, Drew Lowe hit a one-out double that scored two more runs for Post 23.
By the end of the top of the fifth, Post 23 had cut their 10-run deficit in half, after scoring five runs after being held scoreless throughout the game up until then.
With their lead cut in half, Waverly Post 142 came back in the bottom of the fifth inning to erase Post 23’s gains by scoring five runs in their half of the fifth.
Mersiel started the inning by reaching on an error, which was followed by a Logan Kottenbrook single. Burk came up next and was hit by a pitch, which brought up Shoupe, who hit an RBI-single scoring Mersiel.
Alley followed with a game-ending three-run home run, giving the win to the Waverly Post 142 Shockers, 15-5.
“Jared put a nice swing on the ball in the fifth,” Teeters said. “He’s really starting to see it well and hit like he’s capable of.”
Miller said he was proud of his team’s performance at the plate in the fifth inning, saying that is what any coach wants to see from their team.
“At times it seems we’ve had visions of that,” Miller said. “We came out and was down 10-0 and we could have very easily folded. They showed this is important to them and we continued to battle.”
With the win, Post 142 improves to 9-7 on the season, while also improving their Region V record to 5-1.
Post 23 fell to 4-13 overall on the season, with an 0-4 Region V record.
The Shockers will remain inactive on the diamond until Sunday, July 3, 2016, when they play Meigs Post 39 in a double-header at Meigs High School. First pitch is set for 11:00 a.m.
Miller and his Post 23 squad will be back in action Thursday evening at Branch Rickey Park in Portsmouth, Ohio. Post 23 will host Chillicothe Post 62, with a 6:00 p.m. first pitch.
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