June 23--The Waverly Post 142's team nickname -- the Shockers -- rang true on Sunday as they defeated the previously unbeaten Findlay Post 3 team 2-0 in the championship game of the Hillsboro Tournament.
"This was by far the best game we've played this summer," Waverly coach Jonathon Teeters said. "We executed bunts, had quality at bats and made routine plays."
The Shockers played small ball in order to down Findlay (14-1). After leading off the second inning with a double, catcher Dylan Shockley was able to scamper home on two sacrifice flies by Nathan Parks and Levi Jenkins.
The Shockers added an insurance run in the sixth inning when shortstop Garrett Carmichael scored on an RBI double from Shockley. Shockley would finish the day going 3-for-3 with two doubles and an RBI.
"Shock was big for us," Teeters said. "He's a leader behind the plate and came up with some big hits for us."
Waverly then handed the ball over to ace pitcher Pierce Knisley. Knisley would pitch a complete game, allowing only two hits over seven innings. He would also strike out five Findlay batters.
"Pierce was his same old self and proved again he's a very tough matchup," Teeters said.
Defense played a critical role for the Shockers in the third inning. After the leadoff batter reached on an error and advanced all the way to third, center fielder Sky Oliver made a big throw from center field to nail the runner at the plate on an attempted sacrifice fly.
In the semifinal contest, Waverly Post 142 made quick work of Court House Post 25 as the Shockers won 11-1 in five innings.
Jacob Roe pitched five innings, allowing four hits while striking out nine batters. Roe only surrendered one free pass during the game and the one aforementioned run, which was earned.
"Jake pitched a good game for us," Teeters said. "Our bats finally came alive. We took extra bases, battled at the plate and just overall played good baseball. Our middle of the order really came thru for us ... "
Shockley finished the contest going 3-for-3 while knocking in three RBIs to lead the way offensively. Carmichael also had a strong performance at the plate as he went 2-for-4 with two RBI.
After the Hillsboro tournament, the Shockers improved their record to 11-4 on the season. They will be back in action on Tuesday when they take on the Circleville Post 142 team.
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