Shockers finish as runner-ups

By Michael Hamilton

CHILLICOTHE — The 2016 Waverly American Legion Post 142 Shockers baseball season came to an end Thursday at VA Memorial Stadium in Chillicothe, Ohio, after the Shockers fell to Circleville Post 134, 11-4 in the Region V Championship round.

“I’m very proud of this team and how they have battled this summer,” Waverly Post 142 Shockers coach Jonathan Teeters said. “It’s been a roller coaster this summer but these guys didn’t make excuses and kept giving everything they had to the team.”

As a result of Thursday’s loss to Post 134, Waverly Post 142 finished the season as Region V runner-ups.

“Finishing Region V runner up is nothing to be ashamed of, our region is very tough and has a reputation for doing well at the state tournament in Lancaster,” Teeters said.

This year’s success was another step in the right direction for Post 142’s program.

“Coach Thornsberry had a nice season with the junior team,” Teeters said. “Our interest level continues to grow and a lot of people know about Post 142 and the Shockers. We have been able to have a lot of good young men come through our program the last few years.”

Over the last six seasons over 15 players for Post 142 have gone on to play on the collegiate level, pursue college degrees and some have returned to the team to help coach, according to Teeters.

“It’s rewarding to know we’re growing as a post and heading in the right direction,” Teeters said. “We have been blessed with quality baseball players, families who support their kids and dedicate their summer and assistant coaches who truly care about the game and the players on the team.”

Thursday’s game was disappointing as far as a result, but Teeters was very pleased with his team’s play over the 2016 season.

Playing as the visitor on the scoreboard, the Shockers found themselves in a hole after one inning, trailing Post 134 1-0.

In the second inning, Waverly Post 142 fired back and scored three runs in the top of the second to take a brief 3-1 lead over Circleville Post 134.

That lead would not last long though, as Circleville responded with four additional runs in the bottom of the inning to take a 5-3 lead in the game.

Post 134 would never lose that lead. While the Shockers would only score once more, in the eighth inning, Circleville added four more runs in the fourth inning and then one run in the sixth and eighth.

Zach Hayden and Hayden Baker shared time on the mound for Post 142 Thursday. Hayden went three innings for the Shockers, allowing nine run, eight of which were earned, off six hits. He would also walk five batters. Baker followed with five innings of work in which he allowed two runs, both earned, off four hits. Baker walked three batters and struck out three during his time on the rubber.

Offensively, the Shockers tallied five hits in the game. Brody Shoupe, Jared Alley, Eli Daniels, Ryan Williams and Drew Harris all had hits in the game.

Logan Kottenbrook, Derek Burk, Shawn Mersiel and Shoupe all drove in a run, as Burk and Williams also drew two walks each.

Teeters was thankful and appreciative of all the support the community and local businesses provided to his team.

“I want to thank the local businesses who helped make our legion program possible,” Teeters said. “Dixon Jewelers, Klinkers Lumber, Todd Harris Realty, First National Bank, Family Vision Care, Remy’s Used Cars, American Legion Post 142 and a special thanks to Jeff Davis and the S.A.L. for making this summer possible. Also thanks to Waverly High School for allowing us to use their field, and to our head groundsman Bob Owens for taking care of the field for us this summer, it’s greatly appreciated.”

After Thursday’s loss, the Shockers finished with a 16-14 overall record and a 6-3 Region V record.

By Michael Hamilton

Reach Michael Hamilton at 740-353-3101, ext 1931, or on Twitter @MikeHamilton82.

Reach Michael Hamilton at 740-353-3101, ext 1931, or on Twitter @MikeHamilton82.