CHILLICOTHE — One bad inning is all it takes to derail a team’s game-plan in baseball. The Waverly Post 142 Shockers had one bad inning Tuesday evening when they played Chillicothe Post 757 at VA Memorial Stadium in Chillicothe, Ohio. That bad inning helped derail the Shockers from a win despite nearly making a comeback.
After allowing a seven run first inning, the Waverly Post 142 Shockers were unable to fully right the ship, falling to Post 757 11-5.
“One bad inning hurt us,” Waverly Post 142 coach Jonathan Teeters said Tuesday evening after the Shockers fell to Post 757.
The seven-run first was the bad inning Teeters referred to, which set the tone for the rest of the game. Post 757 had five hits in the inning, all the while having three batters draw walks.
Hayden Baker got the start on the mound for Post 142 and would fall victim to the bad inning.
Baker would exit the game before recording an out. He gave up six runs, four of which were earned, off three hits. Baker walked three batters as well.
Teeters then called for Eric Cook to relieve Baker and get out of the inning.
Cook would finish the rest of the game for Waverly Post 142, pitching six total innings of work. Cook gave up five runs during his time on the mound, but only three earned. He walked one batter and struck out five, as the Shockers tried to fight back against Chillicothe Post 757.
Offensively, Jared Alley led Post 142 with three hits Tuesday. His 3-for-4 performance at the plate was highlighted by a double and two RBIs.
Derek Burk picked up a pair of hits on the evening, as well as driving in a run.
Trevon Burnside had a hit and an RBI in the loss to Post 757, going 1-for-2 on the evening.
As the game entered the top of the fourth inning, Post 142 faced a 10-run deficit, trailing Post 757 10-0, but would cut that deficit by a third in the top of the fourth inning.
The Shockers brought home Ryan Williams, Drew Harris and Shawn Mersiel in the inning, bringing back life to Waverly Post 142.
In the following inning, Post 757 struck again, scoring one run to increase their seven-run lead to eight runs, 11-3.
Post 142’s bats came back alive in the seventh inning though, as the Shockers tried to fight off a potential routing by Post 757.
Although, the Shockers were unable to get enough runs to keep the game going, they did manage to score two runs in the inning. Derek Burk and Brody Shoupe both scored for the Shockers in the seventh, before the final out was recorded to end the game.
Despite dropping the game to Post 757, Teeters was proud of the way his team fought back and still tried to come away with a win.
“We did a nice job of battling back to make it a game,” Teeters said. “We’re still trying to piece everything together and get where we need to be for tournament play.”
The Shockers still have a few weeks left before tournament play, but still have plenty of baseball to be played. Post 142 will take part in the South-Central Ohio Bash, which begins Friday and will run through Sunday.
With the loss to Chillicothe Post 757, the Shockers fall to 9-10 overall on the season, dipping below a .500 winning percentage. Their league record in Region V is 5-2.
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