CHILLICOTHE — Wednesday’s American Legion Region V tournament play did not start out the way Waverly American Legion Post 142 coach Jonathan Teeters had hoped, but eventually ended on a positive note for the Shockers.
The Shockers played two games Wednesday at VA Memorial Stadium in Chillicothe, Ohio, finishing with a split decision – one loss and one win.
Waverly Post 142’s day began with a game against Circleville Post 134 and was concluded with a showdown with Chillicothe Post 757.
Waverly Post 142 suffered a hard loss in their first game against Circleville Post 134, 14-4 in eight innings.
After three innings, the Shockers were only trailing by two runs, 3-1.
The game would remain unchanged until the sixth inning, when Circleville jumped out to a 9-2 lead after they scored six runs in the inning, while Waverly added one.
After a scoreless seventh inning, both teams added more runs in the eighth inning.
The Shockers brought two runs home in the top of the eighth, to pull within five runs of Post 134, 9-4.
Right after giving up two runs in the top of the inning, Circleville Post 134 fired back in the bottom of the eighth inning scoring five runs and ending the game due to a mercy rule, 14-4.
“We gave away too many free bases and booted around too many to beat a good team” Teeters said. “In the book they didn’t outhit us by much, they just made routine plays and limited their free bases and we didn’t.”
The Shockers tallied up seven hits in the game, but had no hitters with multiple hits.
Derek Burk, Jared Alley and Ryan Williams all drove in a run in the loss to Circleville.
Trevon Burnside got the start for the Shockers against Post 134. He went three and one-third innings, giving up three runs, two of which were earned, off five hits. Burnside walked two batters and struck out two.
Zach Hayden made a relief appearance, but struggled through his one and two-thirds innings performance. He gave up six runs, four earned, off two hits. Hayden walked four batters as well.
Teeters also called upon Gavin Yazell for a mound appearance. Yazell went through two and two-thirds innings, allowing five runs off six hits. He also walked one batter.
After a disappointing loss to Circleville Post 134, the Waverly Post 142 Shockers were able to rebound during their second game of the day, defeating Chillicothe Post 757 17-7 in eight innings.
“We did what we had to do to get to the championship,” Teeters said. “Give our team credit for bouncing back after that first game and coming out ready to play.”
The Shockers totaled 17 hits in the game, matching their run count, which saw three players finish with three-hit performances.
Logan Kottenbrook, Derek Burk and Brody Shoupe all finished the game with three hits against Post 757.
Kottenbrook went 3-for-4 with two doubles and one RBI. He also scored twice in the win.
Burk finished with three walks and scored four times.
Shoupe had a 3-for-4 night at the plate. He drove in one run, scored three times and drew one walk.
“We really started to hit the ball, hopefully that will carry over until tomorrow,” Teeters said. “Our guys will be ready to go.”
Teeters used three pitchers in the win over Post 757, Eric Cook, Jr Noble and Alex Powell.
With the win, Waverly Post 142 will square-off again against Circleville Post 134 at the VA Memorial Stadium in Chillicothe. For the Shockers to be able to win the Region V tournament, they will have to defeat Post 134 twice.
After Wednesday’s games, the Shockers overall record moves to 16-13 overall.
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