Over the course of the 2017 baseball season, Valley’s Tanner Cunningham has proven that he has the abilities that will take him to the collegiate level.
That has translated to American Legion play, where the junior-to-be collected two RBI in two days and threw five innings of solid baseball over a three-game set at the Hillsboro Wood Bat Tournament in Hillsboro over the weekend.
And while Waverly Post 142 went 1-2 during its three affairs, the Shockers showed out well against their competition.
Friday, June 16 — Chillicothe 7, Waverly 1
Post 142 did not have much luck in its first affair as Waverly fell to Chillicothe Post 757, 7-1, on Friday evening.
Minford product Eric Cook battled for five and one-third innings, but unfortunately, did not get the decision to go his way as the senior collected three strikeouts but gave up seven hits in the loss. Cunningham went 1-for-4 with an RBI to lead the offensive output.
“Cookie (Eric Cook) tossed a good enough game to keep us in it,” Waverly head coach Jonathan Teeters said. “It’s a 2-1 game going into the fifth. We didn’t make a couple plays we should make, and it just snowballed after that. Handing anyone runs in any games is going to hurt, but when you’re in a wood bat tournament in a one-run game, it really hurts.”
Saturday, June 17
Troy 2, Waverly 1
Despite Friday evening’s loss, Waverly came back strong behind the performance of Cunningham — who struck out six and only allowed five hits across five innings. However, Braden Simms’ 1-for-3 performance with an RBI was the only offensive scoring that the Shockers could muster in a loss to Post 43.
“Tanner, for the most part, tossed a good ball game,” Teeters said. “He was sharp for most of the game. He’s gotta do a better job of handing away free bases, but overall, I was pleased with his outing. We had a nice opportunity there in the fifth inning, but we just couldn’t come up with a clutch hit. Troy has a nice ball club, they compete for state titles quite often.
Saturday, June 17
Waverly 8, Hillsboro 3
In the second affair, Post 142 bounced back in a big way as the Shockers took control early and often in an 8-3 victory over Hillsboro Post 129.
Shane Vulgamore proved to be strong on the hill for Waverly once again, as Vulgamore threw five innings of three-hit baseball, struck out eight while walking only two for a 4-for-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio, and allowed just one earned run to cross the plate in the 8-3 victory.
“Shane didn’t have his best stuff today but he battled and gave us five good innings,” Teeters said. Logan (Kottenbrook) was able to come in and shut the gas off to get us a win over here.
Cunningham, along with Wheelersburg’s Xander Carmichael, each combined to go 2-for-4 with two RBI. Fellow teammates Colton Blakeman and Jake Reed added two additional hits and four RBI to add to the Post 142 offense.
“Anytime you achieve victory, it makes your day better,” Teeters said. “As a team, our focus and discipline and the plate and defensively still isn’t where we need it to be to consistently be in a position to win games.”
Post 142 now sits with a 7-7 overall record and a 3-0 mark in the South Central Ohio League. They played Findlay Post 3 on Sunday morning.
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