Shockers stun Athens, Lancaster

Claim 7-2 victory over Post 21, sweep Post 11

By Kevin Colley -

American Legion Baseball

Friday, June 1

Waverly Shockers (Post 142) 7, Athens (Post 21) 2

Behind a six-run effort in the top half of the sixth frame, the Waverly Post 142 Shockers were able to completely erase a 2-0 deficit to Athens Post 21 after an inning of play en route to claiming a 7-2 victory in its season-opening contest, which was held in Athens.

After falling behind by the aforementioned deficit after an inning of play, a double by Valley’s Tanner Cunningham allowed Reid Chapman to score Cunningham with a groundout as Waverly trimmed the deficit in half to a 2-1 margin after four innings of play.

In the sixth, the efforts of the West Siders got the Post 142 train rolling as Garrett Hurd reached on an error and Marty Knittel followed with a double to left. Kannon Pack’s one-out double to left then scored both runners as Post 142 took the lead for good. A single by a third West Sider, Cade Powell, scored Pack, and four additional singles, the last of which came off of the bat of Jalen Miller, led to three additional runs in the innings as the Shockers cruised to the win from there.

At the plate, Pack led Post 142 by going 2-for-4 with a double, two RBI, and a run scored, while Ian Gillen (2-for-4, stolen base, RBI) joined him in the multi-hit column. Miller (1-for-4, two RBI), Hurd (1-for-3, hit by pitch, run scored), Knittel (1-for-4, double, run scored), Cunningham (1-for-4, double, run scored), and Powell (1-for-2, walk, RBI, run scored) all were huge, as were Tucker Tackett (1-for-4, run scored) and Nate Keiser (1-for-4, run scored).

On the bump, Cunningham and Knittel combined to go the distance and struck out eight while only allowing a pair of hits. Neither player gave up an earned run for the contest as Knittel obtained the decision in relief.

“We got down early but our team responded well to it,” Waverly Post 142 head coach Jonathan Teeters said. “Tanner and Marty were sharp on the mound. They gave up a combined two hits and three walks and they gave us a chance to win. I expect that each time they’re on the mound. We still have a long way to go but it’s always nice to start the summer off with a win.”

Sunday, June 3

Game 1 — Waverly Shockers (Post 142) 9, Lancaster (Post 11) 6

In the first contest of a doubleheader against Lancaster Post 11, the Post 142 Shockers found a different way to win as Waverly took a 4-0 lead after the opening half-inning, then fought off six consecutive Post 11 runs by scoring five runs across the final two innings of play en route to obtaining a 9-6 victory over Lancaster on Sunday morning in Lancaster.

After a single by leadoff hitter Ian Gillen to begin the contest, Jalen Miller followed suit in short order by blasting a triple to center field to score Gillen and give the Shockers an early 1-0 advantage. An error then allowed Miller to score, and three consecutive singles by Minford’s Luke Lindamood, Kannon Pack, and West’s Cade Powell allowed Waverly to take a 4-0 lead after the opening half-inning of action.

But as Lancaster’s bats heated up to the tune of seven hits, Waverly, who committed six errors defensively, was held in check until the sixth inning, when an error and a hit by pitch gave Post 142 a chance to strike. A second infield error, along with a single by the dependable Garrett Hurd, allowed Miller to score as the Shockers tied the score at six heading into the final frame of action.

From that point forward, Waverly took control for good. Back-to-back walks by Tanner Cunningham and Lindamood allowed Pack to sacrifice both runners over with a bunt, and with one out, Powell came up with the biggest hit of the contest with his single to left field to score both Cunningham and Lindamood. An error and a single by Miller, which scored Powell, rounded out another comeback win for Post 142.

For the contest, Gillen (3-for-4, run scored), Miller (2-for-4, triple, stolen base, two RBI, two runs scored), and Powell (2-for-4, two RBI, two runs scored) all collected multiple hits in the first contest, while Hurd (1-for-4, walk, RBI), Lindamood (1-for-3, walk, run scored), Kannon Pack (1-for-3, RBI), and Nate Keiser (1-for-3) also reached the hit column, while Knittel (RBI, run scored) and Cunningham (two walks, two runs scored) contributed to the cause.

Despite seeing six runs scored on his watch, Powell fought through the six errors to give up just six hits, and struck out five while only walking two. Miller pitched two innings of one-hit baseball en route to scoring the win in relief.

“Cade tossed a nice game for us,” Teeters said. “If we make the plays we should’ve made, he probably goes the distance. Jalen did a nice job those last two innings to seal it up.”

Game 2 — Waverly Shockers (Post 142) 5, Lancaster (Post 11) 3

In the closing bout, Post 142, again, got itself in an early hole but climbed out of said hole by scratching across five runs combined in the fifth and sixth frames to claim a 5-3 victory over Post 11 to jump out to a 3-0 start in its 2018 American Legion campaign.

Back-to-back walks by Ian Gillen and Jalen Miller allowed Garrett Hurd to come through with a critical double to left to bring Waverly within a 3-2 margin, and after a pair of strikeouts, Luke Lindamood followed with his own double to right to score Hurd and tie the score. Nate Keiser then scored the go-ahead run by starting off the inning with a single and advancing all the way home on an error, a passed ball, and a wild pitch to give the Shockers the lead for good. A walk by Gillen and a single by Miller allowed Marty Knittel to score Gillen on a sacrifice fly.

Hurd (1-for-3, walk, double, two RBI, run scored), Lindamood (1-for-2, two walks, double, RBI), and Kannon Pack (2-for-4) led Waverly at the plate, while Miller (1-for-3, walk, stolen base, run scored), Powell (1-for-3, walk) and Keiser (1-for-1, run scored) all entered the hit column in the contest. Knittel (sacrifice fly RBI) and Gillen (two walks, stolen base, two runs scored) rounded out the offensive output for Post 142.

Pack got the winning decision by not allowing a hit in two innings of relief work, while Reid Chapman threw five innings of six-hit baseball in the victory.

“Reid gave us a solid outing for his debut this summer,” Teeters said. “He left a few up in the zone, but he adjusted and gave us what I asked of him. Kannon came in and was able to close it off for us. We will enjoy this start that we’ve had, and come back ready to compete on Tuesday.”


Waverly Post 142 plays host to Chillicothe Post 62 at Waverly High School. Game time is at 5:30 p.m.

Claim 7-2 victory over Post 21, sweep Post 11

By Kevin Colley