HILLSBORO — The Waverly Post 142 Shockers finished the weekend with a 3-1 record during the Hillsboro Wooden Bat Tournament. Although the Shockers were unable to make it to the championship round, they had a great showing and picked up a few wins over the weekend.
“Although we didn’t make it to the championship game we had a good weekend in the tournament and got better which is what it’s all about,” Waverly Post 142 Shockers coach Jonathan Teeters said.
Friday, June 17
The tournament started off well for Post 142, as they picked up a 5-1 victory over the Troy Bombers Friday evening.
Gavin Yazell pitched a complete game for the Shockers Friday evening, allowing a single run off three hits. He walked three batters during the game and struck out six.
“Gavin had another nice outing today,” Teeters said. “He pounded the zone and kept the ball down. That’s big going into the tournament having a guy throw a complete game.”
Derek Burk had a productive plate performance, going 1-for-3 on the evening and driving in a pair of runs.
Eli Daniels and Zach Delotell also drove in a run for Post 142. Daniels went 1-for-1 on the day with an RBI and Delotell went 1-for-2 against the Bombers while also driving in one run.
The Shockers scored in three different innings as they continued to put pressure on the Troy Bombers. The scoring started for Post 142 in the third inning as they scored one run. They then went on to score a pair of runs in both the fifth and sixth innings, while only allowing one run to score in the sixth.
Saturday, June 18
The magic from Friday didn’t relay into Saturday morning, when the Shockers faced Troy Post 43. Post 142 suffered a hard loss to Post 43, dropping their first game of the day, 10-0.
Errors came back to haunt the Shockers Saturday morning.
“Playing good teams, errors come back to haunt you and it was like a snowball effect,” Teeters said. “Things escalated and before you know it they’re up six runs.”
Troy Post 43 scored fast on Post 142, getting two runs in the second inning, followed by four in the third and another four in the fourth inning.
Eric Cook got the start Saturday morning. He pitched four innings worth of work for Post 142 in the loss. He gave up 10 runs, but only five earned runs, off nine hits. Cook walked three batters and struck out two.
“Cook didn’t throw a bad game for us, we just didn’t make routine plays,” Teeters said.
Zach Delotell came in to pitch the fifth inning, finishing with two hits, one walk and a strike out.
The game was called after five innings.
Shortly after being blanked by Post 43, the Shockers were able to rebound with a shutout of their own. Waverly Post 142 defeated the Highland County Titans 6-0 Saturday afternoon.
Jared Alley led the Shockers in hitting during the afternoon game. He went 2-for-2 with a double and an RBI.
Eli Daniels and Logan Kottenbrook both produced at the plate. Daniels went 1-for-2 with an RBI, while Kottenbrook finished 0-for-2 with an RBI.
Zach Hayden got the start Saturday afternoon. Hayden pitched five scoreless innings, allowing only one hit. He walked four batters and struck out seven.
“Zach really tossed a nice game for us,” Teeters said. “He kept the ball down and threw strikes. We were able to come up with enough run support to get the win.”
Zach Delotell came in to relieve Hayden. He finished the final two innings of the game, he walked one batter while striking out four.
Sunday, June 19
Waverly Post 142 finished the weekend with their third win in four tries, defeating Hillsboro Post 129 7-0.
“It’s a big league win for our team,” Teeters said.
For the second time in the tournament, the Shockers saw their starting pitcher throw a complete game, as Alex Powell went all seven innings for Waverly Post 142.
With the win, Powell improves to 3-0 on the season, as he allowed only three hits in the shutout, while walking two batters and striking out seven.
“Alex was outstanding on the hill,” Teeters said. “He was in the zone.”
Powell had a lot of help from his teammates at the plate, which led to the Shockers win.
Brody Shoupe went 2-for-3 from the plate and drove in a pair of runs.
Derek Burk and Eli Daniels each had a hit as well. Burk went 1-for-2 with an RBI. Daniels knocked in a pair of runs while going 1-for-3.
The Shockers got started early on offense. They scored two runs in the first inning and followed it up by adding three more in the second. They would eventually go on to score one run in the fourth and sixth innings before winning the game.
After a weekend full of baseball, the Shockers improved their overall record to 7-4 and also picked up an all-important Region V win, which propelled them to a 4-1 league record.