Over the course of the year, the Waverly Post 142 Shockers have played up-and-down baseball.
But if the last two days were any indication, it’s possible that Post 142 may be turning a corner.
Behind the pitching efforts of Scioto County strongholds in Minford’s Eric Cook and Valley’s Tanner Cunningham, Post 142 put together two solid outings against Chillicothe Post 62 and Lancaster Post 11 on Thursday and Friday.
Chillicothe 4, Waverly 0
In the Shockers’ first affair during the Jim Jadwin Memorial Tournament at VA Memorial Stadium in Chillicothe, Post 142 received a strong effort from Cunningham, who threw a complete game six-hitter in the contest. However, an error, a two-RBI single by Gage Jones, and another RBI base knock by Keyan Cottrell in the third inning proved to make the difference.
“We just had one bad inning,” Post 142 head coach Jonathan Teeters said. “Tanner didn’t have his best stuff but he got us through our first game up here.”
Lancaster 2, Waverly 1
On Wednesday, the Shockers nearly pulled off a big victory over one of Ohio’s toughest American Legion units, as Post 142 fell to Lancaster Post 11, 2-1, but not before Cook gave Post 11 fits on the hill.
In all, Cook threw five innings of three-hit baseball and struck out six Lancaster batters while only walking a pair to rack up a 3-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
“It all started with Cookie on the hook,” Teeters said. “He gave a tremendous effort and stepped up tonight, giving us a very good and effective five innings of work.”
Garrett Moore allowed just one hit in an inning and two-thirds of relief, and Braden Simms scored the game-tying run in the top of the seventh off of an error, but after putting runners on second and third with one out in the bottom of the seventh, a balk was called, which allowed Lancaster to take home the victory via a walkoff.
“It’s a shame to lose the way we did there in the seventh inning on a balk,” Teeters said. “This game could have went either way.
Still, the loss didn’t dampen the spirits of Teeters, who was as impressed with his unit’s performance as any that he’s seen over the course of the summer.
“Although we didn’t achieve victory tonight, I was very pleased with our team,” Teeters said. “We absolutely had the approach we needed to have to compete in Legion baseball.”
With the losses, Waverly fell to 7-11 overall. They’ll continue play in the Jim Jadwin Tournament throughout the duration of the weekend.
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