CIRCLEVILLE — One day after ending a multi-game losing streak, the Waverly Post 142 Shockers ended their day on the wrong side of the scoreboard Wednesday, June 29, 2016. The Shockers fell to the Circleville Post 134 Panthers, 8-2 in a Region V match-up.
“One bad inning hurt us and that’s one too many against good teams,” Waverly Post 142 coach Jonathan Teeters said. “I was proud of our team for not laying down after them jumping out early. We’ll learn from it and be better from it.”
Zach Hayden got the start for the Shockers in a short appearance. Hayden recorded two-thirds of an inning allowing five runs, four of which were earned, off a single hit. He walked five batters and struck out one.
Eric Cook came in to relieve Hayden. He pitched the rest of the game, five and one-third innings. Cook would give up three earned runs during his time on the mound, allowing five hits. He also struck out two batters.
“Cookie (Eric Cook) did a really nice job coming in and throwing strikes,” Teeters said. “He kept the ball down and was very effective for us.”
The bad inning for Waverly came right at the start, in the first. The Panthers started their bottom half of the first with a single and then drew a walk.
Circleville Post 134’s third batter struck out, giving the Shockers their first out of the inning.
After another walk to the fourth batter of the inning, Post 134 loaded the bases.
With the bases loaded and only one out in the inning, the Panthers got their first run of the game after another walk brought in the runner standing on third.
Troubles continued for the Shockers in the first, though, as a fielding error allowed another run to score. By the time Post 142 was able to get out of the inning, they found themselves trailing 5-0.
The Shockers fired back in the second inning however. Drew Harris got things started offensively for Post 142 with a one-out single, which was then followed up with a walk.
Two batters later, Shawn Merseil drove in the first run for Waverly Post 142 with a two-out RBI single, scoring Harris.
Logan Kottenbrook also hit a single in the inning just before the final out was recorded.
Hayden Baker was able to cross the plate as well before the top of the second inning ended.
After giving up five runs in the top of the first, the Shockers gained back two runs in their half of the second, as they continued to try to erase the Panthers lead.
Post 142’s gains took a step back in the bottom of the second inning, as Circleville Post 134 was able to score a run to give the Panthers a 6-2 lead over the Shockers after the second inning.
Neither team would score again until the bottom of the sixth inning, which saw the Panthers bring in a pair of runs in the inning to take an 8-2 lead.
After successfully holding off the Shockers in the top of the seventh inning, the Panthers defeated Waverly Post 142, 8-2.
The loss gave Waverly Post 142 their eighth loss of the season, bringing their overall record to 9-8. The game was a Region V league game, which brought the Shockers to a 5-2 Region V record.
Waverly Post 142 will take the field again Sunday, July 3, 2016 against Meigs Post 39. The two teams will play a double-header, which has an 11:00 a.m. first pitch at Meigs High School.
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