The Waverly Post 142 baseball team split a doubleheader with Athens Post 21 over the weekend, winning 9-2 in game one and losing a 11-10 heart-breaker in game two.
South Webster’s Garrett Rawlins led the way for the Shockers in game one, throwing a complete-game four-hitter. Though he allowed an RBI base knock in the first inning, he wouldn’t allow another run until the contest was already decided. He struck out 10 Gunnar batters throughout the game.
“Once Garrett settled in he really threw a nice game for us,” Post 142 coach Jonathon Teeters said. “He has a live arm and was able to pound the zone.”
At the plate, Post 142 was led by two Minford Falcons — Matt Joyce and Dylan Shockley. The pair combined to score four runs and drive in three. Waverly’s Logan Kottenbrook also had a big day, smacking a double and scoring three runs.
It was a roller coaster of a game in the nightcap. Post 21 jumped out to a 6-0 lead after sending nine batters to the plate and scoring five runs in the second.
Not to be outdone, the Shockers responded with a big inning of their own. Fourteen Waverly batters came to the plate in the top of the third, 10 of which scored runs. At one point, six batters reached safely, all of which eventually scored. The Shockers recorded 10 hits in the inning.
But that would be all Post 142 could manage. The Shockers recorded just one more hit throughout the day, a single by Kottenbrook in the sixth inning.
Meanwhile, the Gunnars slowly climbed back into the game. They scored two runs in the fifth to cut the deficit in half, and ended the game in dramatic fashion with a walk-off base hit in the seventh.
With two on and one out, Athens’ Blake Linder tried the game with a two-RBI base hit. Two batters later, Athens got the winning hit that scored Linder and ended the game.
“We’ll learn from it and be better from it,” Teeters said.
The loss was the first for the Shockers on the young season. They’re still undefeated in their region at 2-0.
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|Athens Post 21||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||—||2||4||0|
Waverly — M. Joyce 1-3 (2 R, RBI), L. Kottenbrook 3-5 (2B, 3 R), D. Shockley 2-4 (2 R, 2 RBI), Spriggs 2-4 (2 RBI), Jo. Henderson 1-2, Harris 1-3 (R), S. Merseil 1-1 (R)
Athens — Howard 1-4 (R), Howman 1-2 (R), Smith 1-3, Shellman 1-3, Nuzam 1-3
W — Rawlins (CG, 7 IP, 2 R, 2 ER, 10 K, 3 BB, 4 H)
L — Waldren
|Waverly Post 142||0||0||10||0||0||0||0||—||10||13||3|
|Athens Post 21||1||5||0||0||2||0||3||—||11||16||0|
Waverly — M. Joyce 2-4 (R), L. Kottenbrook 2-4, D. Shockley 1-4 (R, 2 RBI), Alley 0-2 (R), Spriggs 1-4 (R, RBI), Jo. Henderson 1-3 (R), Ja. Henderson 2-4 (2 R, RBI), Rawlins 2-3 (2 R, 2 RBI), S. Mersiel 2-3 (R, 3 RBI)
Athens — J. Howman 3-4 (2 R), Z. Howman 0-2 (2 R), Linder 1-5 (2 R, 2B), Smith 4-5 (2B, 3B, 2 RBI, 2 R), Curry 3-4, Russell 3-3 (2 R), Howard 1-4 (R), Nazum 1-3 (2 R)
W — Howman
L — Harris (2.1 IP, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 H)
Records — Waverly 142 4-1 (2-0)
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