In baseball, there aren’t a lot of certainties.
However, of the few things that are for certain in baseball, one is the fact that no matter who the opponent is in South Central Ohio League (SCOL) action, each team has to bring it on a weekly basis.
On Wednesday evening, the Waverly Post 142 Shockers certainly brought an excellent effort to the table against the Chillicothe Post 62 Riverbats behind a pair of solid pitching performances from Eric Cook and Shane Spriggs. However, those efforts weren’t enough to lead Post 142 to the victory, as the Shockers fell to Post 62 by a 4-2 tally on Wednesday evening in Chillicothe.
From the outset, the game proved to be a well-played affair, with Waverly cutting the Post 62 lead to one run in the third and fifth frames.
However, behind the pitching of Chillicothe’s Harley Patterson and Jeremy Brooks, along with a two-run home run by John Salyers in the bottom of the second inning, the Shockers were never able to take control as 10 strikeouts and only three hits — two from Spriggs and a leadoff single from Logan Kottenbrook — were all that Post 142 managed to muster against the stout Post 62 pitching rotation. Kottenbrook, along with Wheelersburg’s Xander Carmichael, Ian Gillen, and Braden Simms combined to draw six walks on the day for Post 142.
“Give Post 62 credit,” Post 142 head coach Jonathan Teeters said. “Harley is a tough guy to hit, then to have Brooks come in after him, is a tough matchup.”
Cook, a strong pitching hand on the Minford roster, threw four and one-third innings of solid baseball by allowing just five hits. The now-graduated Falcon struck out an impressive eight batters and only walked one to pick up an impressive 8-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio while keeping Post 142 in the thick of the battle.
“This game really could have went either way,” Teeters said. “Cookie made a mistake with an 0-2 pitch, then the next guy hits a home run. Other than that, he threw very well.”
Spriggs, who collected a double and two RBI in his two trips to the dish, finished off the contest by pitching the final inning and two-thirds of action for the Shockers. The Oak Hill graduate struck out three batters and allowed one run on two hits during that timeframe.
With the loss, Waverly fell to 8-14 and 4-2 in SCOL action. The Shockers played Grove City Post 164 on Thursday and will host Chillicothe Post 757 on Saturday at 11 a.m. for an SCOL doubleheader that will serve as the annual Veterans Appreciation Game for Post 142.
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