Shockers go 3-1 in Hillsboro Wood Bat Tourney

Powell adds in complete game effort for 142

By Kevin Colley -

Sunday (6/17)

American Legion Baseball — Hillsboro Wood Bat Tournament

Waverly Post 142 Shockers 18, Troy Bombers 2 (F/5)

Behind crooked seven-run frames in the second and fourth innings of action, the Waverly Post 142 Shockers’ baseball program was able to obtain a crafty 18-2 victory over the Troy Bombers in five innings on Sunday afternoon in Hillsboro.

Luke Lindamood and Jake Reed continued to swing pretty bats on Sunday, as the pair ultimately combined for five hits in eight trips to the dish, ultimately amassing seven RBI and five runs scored on the evening. Reed went 2-for-4 with a three-run fourth-inning home run, a double, five RBI total, and three runs scored while Lindamood went 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored to round out a great weekend on his own accord.

Talon Osborne (2-for-4, walk, RBI, three runs scored) and Cade Powell (2-for-4, RBI, run scored) each obtained multi-hit performances, while Tanner Cunningham (1-for-2, double, two walks, two RBI, two runs scored), Jalen Miller (1-for-2, two RBI, three walks, two runs scored), Kannon Pack (1-for-2, RBI, run scored), and Nate Keiser (1-for-2, double, two walks, two runs scored) all reached the hit column for the afternoon. Ian Gillen (five walks, two RBI, two runs scored) added in a disruptive presence from his leadoff spot to round out a fantastic performance for the Shockers.

“We really did swing the bat well and took advantage of free bases,” Waverly Post 142 head coach Jonathan Teeters said. “It was nice to see us square up a lot of baseballs.”

Reid Chapman obtained the win for Waverly Post 142 on the hill, throwing five innings of four-hit baseball in the victory and doing so on an efficient 64 pitches.

“Chappy threw the ball well for us,” Teeters said. “He kept it low and tossed strikes.”

With the victory, Waverly improved to 12-1 overall. The Post 142 Shockers will host Portsmouth Post 23 in a planned doubleheader on Tuesday evening, with the first contest — a makeup from last Wednesday — being played at 5:30 p.m. The second game will follow the first if the contest can be judged to be finished by the end of daylight.

Saturday (6/16)

American Legion Baseball — Hillsboro Wood Bat Tournament

Waverly Post 142 Shockers 4, Findlay Post 3 3

On Saturday, a three-run blast from Nate Keiser, an RBI single from Kannon Pack, and a strong relief outing from Talon Osborne allowed the Waverly Post 142 Shockers to claim a 4-3 victory over Findlay Post 3 in its opener on Saturday afternoon as part of the Hillsboro Wood Bat Tournament.

Keiser, who ultimately went 1-for-2 with three-RBI and a run scored, did all of his offensive damage in the second inning by blasting a three-run homer to give Waverly a 3-1 advantage after Post 142 fell behind by a 1-0 tally in the top half of the same frame.

When Findlay scored a pair of runs in the top half of the fourth inning to tie the score, Tanner Cunningham and Luke Lindamood helped set the table as Cunningham drew a walk and Lindamood sacrificed Cunningham over to second base with a bunt. Pack, who went 1-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored, then followed by driving in Cunningham with his RBI single to account for the go-ahead run in the contest.

For the contest, Osborne obtained the victory in relief by striking out five and allowing just one hit over the final four innings of action. Cunningham (walk, run scored), Lindamood (sacrifice bunt, walk, run scored), Jalen Miller (sacrifice bunt), and Ian Gillen (1-for-3) all struck the scoreboard in the contest.

“Talon came in guns blazing, as always, and really set the tone for the remainder of the game,” Waverly Post 142 head coach Jonathan Teeters said. “He’s probably the biggest competitor on our team and brings an edge to the mound. This was a nice win for us. Findlay has a nice program and we always seem to have nail biters year in and year out over here with them.”

Springfield Post 6 10, Waverly Post 142 Shockers 6

Despite seven hits from the Shockers in its second affair, Waverly wasn’t able to maintain its momentum as Post 142 dropped its first bout of the year in a 10-6 defeat to Springfield Post 6 in the second and final contest of the day for Waverly.

Jake Reed (2-for-4, stolen base, RBI) led the way for Post 142, while Nate Keiser continued his strong afternoon by drawing three walks and scoring twice for the Shockers. Cade Powell (1-for-3, run scored) and Kannon Pack (1-for-3, RBI) each obtained a hit in three trips, while Tanner Cunningham (1-for-4, run scored), Jalen Miller (1-for-4, RBI) and Talon Osborne (1-for-4) all notched a hit in four trips. Ian Gillen (walk, two runs scored) and Luke Lindamood (walk) all contributed to the offensive output, as well.

Friday (6/15)

Hillsboro Wood Bat Tournament

Waverly Post 142 Shockers 12, Chillicothe Post 757 Junior Legion 2 (F/6)

Over the course of his young career, Cade Powell, much like his elder West Side teammate in Marty Knittel, has been a tremendous asset to any unit that he has played on because of his knowledge of the game and his ability to execute regardless of the situation.

On Friday evening, Powell continued to show why he will be one of the most talented returning upperclassmen in the Southeast District as the junior-to-be threw a complete game three-hitter and struck out 12 Chillicothe Post 757 Junior Legion batters in a 12-2 victory during the Hillsboro Wood Bat Tournament on Friday evening.

Powell, who only walked two batters over the course of his start en route to a six-to-one strikeout-to-walk ratio, achieved his third win of the Senior Legion campaign for Waverly Post 142. The promising West Sider still hasn’t dropped a decision.

“Cade settled in and tossed a nice game for us,” Waverly Post 142 head coach Jonathan Teeters said. “We were able to play good defense behind him and get across enough runs to achieve victory.”

At the plate, Scioto County continued to show out in a strong manner, with Tanner Cunningham going 3-for-5 with a stolen base and two runs scored and Luke Lindamood adding on a hit in two trips while scoring a pair of runs to help head the charge for Waverly. Talon Osborne (2-for-5, four RBI, run scored), Jake Reed (1-for-3, double, two RBI, run scored), Ian Gillen (1-for-2, two walks, RBI, three runs scored), Kannon Pack (1-for-4, stolen base, run scored), Brayden Snodgrass (walk, run scored), and Nate Keiser (1-for-3, three RBI) were all critical at the plate from an offensive standpoint as well for the Shockers.

Powell adds in complete game effort for 142

By Kevin Colley