As the 2017 Post season has taken its course, both of the local programs in Waverly Post 142 and Portsmouth Post 23 have shown consistent improvement over the balance of the season.
That improvement showed again over the last half of week for Post 142 as Waverly defeated a tough Chillicothe Post 757 squad, 7-3, and fell to Grove City Post 164 in a well-played bout on both sides.
Waverly 7, Chillicothe 3
On Saturday evening, Post 142 kicked off the weekend in style with a 7-3 victory over Chillicothe Post 757 in a home bout at Waverly High School behind a pair of strong efforts on the hill from Clayton Howell and Garrett Moore.
Howell, who gave the Shockers five complete innings in the victory, limited Post 757 to six hits and two earned runs while striking out six in the victory. Moore, who pitched the final two frames, allowed only one run the rest of the way to gave Post 142 the victory.
“Clayton gave us another solid outing,” Post 142 head coach Jonathan Teeters said. “Bullet did a nice job coming in and shutting the gas off.”
Waverly’s Logan Kottenbrook, who has had a strong post season to date, led Post 142 offensively by going 2-for-4 with a double and a RBI. Minford’s Luke Lindamood and Oak Hill’s Shane Spriggs each went 1-for-3 with a RBI.
“Offensively, we put together enough to achieve victory,” Teeters said. “It’s nice to get a league win at home. We are putting ourselves in a good situation as we hope to get a first round bye for our regional tournament.”
Grove City 6, Waverly 2
In his first start of the summer for Post 142, Ian Gillen put together a solid six inning showing, but the Shockers weren’t able to obtain victory as Waverly fell to Grove City, 6-2, on Thursday evening. Gillen allowed just six hits and struck out three Post 164 batters, but four walks allowed Grove City to obtain the timely runs necessary to pull the contest out. Still, Teeters was pleased with Gillen’s performance.
“Ian was kind of put in a tough spot in getting his first start this summer for me, but he certainly answered the call,” Teeters said. “He gave us six pretty efficient innings.”
Wheelersburg’s Xander Carmichael led the way offensively for Post 142 by going 1-for-2 with an RBI. Eli Ruth added an RBI to account for the Shockers’ second run of the contest.
With the latest set of results, Waverly now holds a 9-15 mark on the year and a 5-2 mark in South Central Ohio League (SCOL) play. Post 142 will travel to Jackson for a contest against Post 81 on Wednesday evening.
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