On Sunday, the Scioto County stars showed out again for the Waverly Post 142 Shockers as Post 142 was able to split a pair of contests with a strong Sidney Post 217 squad in a doubleheader that was played at Waverly High School behind the efforts of Scioto County standouts in Xander Carmichael, Mardy Knittel, and Tanner Cunningham, who all put together stellar performances throughout the day.
Game 1 — Sidney 6, Waverly 2
Even though Post 142 lost by a 6-2 tally to Post 217, the Shockers held a 2-1 lead after the first two innings of play. Errors, however, proved to be costly in the first affair as Sidney grabbed the first of two affairs against Post 142 on Sunday.
Despite the initial defeat, Scioto County proved to be all over the scorebook in the form of Xander Carmichael and Mardy Knittel. Carmichael, who hit his second home run of the American Legion campaign in the first affair, went 2-for-2 with the solo shot, while Knittel continued his tear at the plate by going 3-for-4 with three doubles in the contest. Waverly’s Logan Kottenbrook added a 2-for-4 effort at the dish to round out the multi-hit efforts.
Shane Vulgamore, who pitched well from the hill, gave up just three earned runs, but errors — which led to three additional Post 217 tallies — forced the starting hand from the mound. Alex Martin came on and pitched three scoreless innings of relief for Waverly.
“After the first two innings, it’s a 2-1 ballgame,” Waverly head coach Jonathan Teeters said. “I told the guys that we have to be ready right out of the gate and be prepared to play. Shane threw the ball well, but we just didn’t make enough plays behind him defensively.”
Game 2 — Waverly 3, Sidney 2
However, Post 142, behind an excellent complete game effort from Valley’s Tanner Cunningham on the hill, got their revenge on Post 217 in the second affair, as Waverly took home a 3-2 victory over Sidney to obtain the split.
Cunningham, who only allowed five hits over his complete game effort, struck out seven to hold the strong Post 217 bats down. Carmichael added his second bomb of the doubleheader, and his third of the year, by shooting a ball out of the park on his only hit of the second affair.
“Tanner really did throw a nice game for us,” Teeters said. “He worked hard and was very tough to square up. He was very efficient with his pitches. As for Xander, he is just one tough guy at the plate. If those guys make mistakes in the hill, he normally makes them pay. He’s a leader on the team and he stepped up big for us with that home run to get things going.”
Overall, Teeters, who has led the Shockers to a 5-5 record and a 2-0 mark in the South Central Ohio League, is looking forward to what the development of his team holds.
“We are still learning how to do things the right way and make sure we’re squared away between the ears,” Teeters said. “We have a lot of nice pieces on this team. When we get it all figured out and settled in I like the product we’re gonna produce.”
Post 142 will host Post 23 (2-3) on Tuesday at 5 p.m. in what is expected to be a tightly-contested affair.
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