The Waverly Post 142 Shockers baseball team opened up their season last week. The Shockers have played three games since beginning season play Thursday, June 2, 2016, compiling a 2-1 record in the first trio of games.
In their first game of the season, the Shockers played the Chillicothe Post 62 Riverbats, winning 12-8.
Hayden Baker started on the mound for the Shockers. He lasted three innings, allowing fiver earned runs off three hits. He walked eight batters and struck out four.
“Hayden struggled on the mound, but found a way to get through three innings,” Jonathan Teeters, Waverly Post 142 Shockers coach said. “It’s early and a lot of guys were knocking some rust off.”
Zach Delotell came in to relieve Baker. Delotell pitched the remaining four innings, allowing three runs. He walked one batter and rung-up three on strike outs.
Logan Kottenbrook had a successful day at the plate, going 3-for-4. He scored four times for the Shockers, drove in a pair of RBIs and stole three bases. Kottenbrook also showed his defensive skills in center field.
“Logan came up really big for us both defensively and offensively,” Teeters said. “He made a couple nice plays in center and had some big hits.”
Kottenbrook wasn’t the only Shocker with success from the plate. Ryan Williams drove in five runs for Waverly Post 142 in his 4-for-5 plate performance.
Delotell picked up a hit, going 1-for-4 with an RBI, while Baker drove in a run hitting 1-for-3 on the day.
Eric Cook went 3-for-4 in the opener for the Shockers, also driving in a run.
“A win is a win,” Teeters said. “It was a nice team win. We found a way to get the ‘W’.”
The Shockers took on Pickerington Post 283 Tuesday, June 7, 2016 in a losing effort, 11-0. The shortened five-innings game dealt Waverly Post 142 its first loss of the season.
“We started out of the gate bad and dug ourselves into a hole,” Teeters said. “Two bad innings hurt us and that’s what happens in legion baseball.”
Gavin Yazell got the start for the Shockers, going three and one-third innings in the loss. He gave up nine runs, eight earned, off six hits. He walked three batters and struck out one.
“Gavin had a lot better start than his line indicates,” Teeters said. “JR Noble did a good job coming in and throwing strikes, then coming up to the plate and stroking a double.”
Noble pitched two-thirds of an inning in relief. He allowed two runs, one of which was earned. From the plate, Noble went 1-for-1 with a double.
Derek Burk also had a hit for the Shockers, with a 1-for-2 plate performance.
Pickerington scored four runs in the first inning and then the remaining seven runs in the fourth.
“Pickerington is a solid program,” Teeters said. “They’ve won several state titles. When you’re not prepared in every aspect of the game, that’s what good teams will do to you.”
Waverly Post 142 rebounded from a tough loss to come away with a big, nine-run win Wednesday, June 8, 2016. The Shockers defeated the Chillicothe Post 757 Colts 14-3, in six innings.
“Our mentality today started with Alex (Powell) on the hill,” Teeters said. “He pounded the (strike) zone and kept the ball down, which is the recipe for success.”
Powell earned his firs win of the season Wednesday in a five and one-third innings performance. He allowed three runs, all earned, off five hits. He walked two batters and struck out five.
Zach Delotell made another relief appearance in the routing of Post 757. He pitched two-thirds of an inning, gave up four hits, a walk and struck out two batters.
The Shockers had six players with a two hits in the game, Logan Kottenbrook, Derek Burk, Eli Daniels, Ryan Williams, Eric Cook, and Shawn Mersiel.
Kottenbrook went 2-for-5 with three RBIs, Burk drove in a run, as did Williams.
Daniels had a 2-for-5 day at the plate with a home run and two RBIs.
Jared Alley and Delotell also walked away with a hit against Chillicothe Post 757.
“We really did battle at the plate,” Teeters said. “Our guys didn’t give in. We had a lot of quality at-bats. It was a good league win for us.”
With the win, the Shockers improve their record to 2-1 and their league record to 2-0. Waverly Post 142 will host Court House Post 25 in a double-header Sunday afternoon. First pitch is set for 1:00 p.m. in Waverly, Ohio.
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