If handled in the correct manner, tough losses can only help a team grow closer as a unit going forward.
Coming together as a unit is the only option that Waverly Post 142 will have as the Shockers dropped another pair of well-played, tight bouts to Adrian (Mich.) on Friday evening and Lancaster Post 11 on Saturday afternoon to conclude play in the Jim Jadwin Memorial Tournament in Chillicothe.
Adrian (Mich.) 4, Waverly 3 (F/6)
In a contest that went past its original five-inning distance, Post 142 battled valiantly, but ultimately fell in defeat to Adrian (Mich.) by a 4-3 tally in extra innings.
Oak Hill’s Shane Spriggs, who has delivered during a strong individual Post campaign, threw five and one-third innings of eight-hit baseball and struck out five while walking only a single Adrian batter. Scioto County hands Xander Carmichael (Wheelersburg) and Luke Lindamood (Minford) each went 1-for-2 to lead the way offensively, with Carmichael collecting a solo home run and Lindamood drawing a walk to make their presences felt during the contest. Spriggs added two hits in three trips to round out a strong effort from the middle of the Post 142 order.
“Things just aren’t going our way right now,” Post 142 head coach Jonathan Teeters said. “We’ve lost seven of eight, and six of those have been by one run. We are going to stick to playing the game the right way and eventually our talent and play will get where we need it to be to achieve victory.”
Lancaster 5, Waverly 2
Unfortunately, the Shockers’ luck didn’t change on Saturday, as Post 142 dropped another heartbreaker to Lancaster Post 11, 5-2, to see its Jim Jadwin Tournament hopes come to an end.
Waverly, who received a strong pitching effort from the trio of Shane Vulgamore, JR Noble, and Josh Faro, battled back to tie the score at two apiece heading into the final free, but three Post 11 runs in the top half of the fifth inning allowed Lancaster to score its second victory over Waverly in a matter of 96 hours.
“We are just in a bad funk right now,” Teeters said. “We’re going to go back to the drawing board on Monday and have a good practice. We have a big week ahead of us with three league games, so it’s a nice time to get things squared up and get back on the right side of this. We have a team who wants to do well and wants to succeed, we just haven’t fit all of these pieces together as a team quite yet.”
Following the weekend, Post 142 is 7-13 overall. They’ll play Circleville Post 134 at 5:30 p.m. on Monday.
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