Winning two more baseball games to run their streak to four in a row, the Waverly American Legion Post 142 Junior Shockers picked up victories over the Southern Ohio Rounders and Jackson Post 81 in mid-week games.
On Wednesday, June 12, the Junior Shockers traveled to North Adams High School to take on the Southern Ohio Rounders 16U team. They returned to Pike County with a 3-0 shutout.
The Junior Shockers claimed the initial lead with a run in the opening inning. Weston Roop led off with a single, stole second and scored on a single from Easton Lansing. Waverly could have done more damage, as Sam Crace and Roger Woodruff each drew walks. But two strikeouts brought the frame to a close.
Post 142 added another run in the second inning after Johnny Burton came up with a one-out walk. Burton stole second base, went to third on a groundout from Hunter Harris, and scored on a single from Roop, 2-0.
Lansing scored the third run for the team in the third inning. He started with a leadoff single. Then Woodruff and Chase Carson worked back-to-back walks to fill the bags. The Rounders elected to make a pitching change. However, the new pitcher unleashed a wild pitch, allowing Lansing to sprint home safely for a 3-0 lead.
For the game, Roop and Lansing each went 2-for-2 with one run and one RBI. Roger Woodruff picked up the win on the mound, allowing just one hit while striking out three and walking one.
In Thursday night’s home contest at Piketon High School, Ben Flanders had the opportunity to be the hero in a 5-4 win over Jackson Post 81.
The game was tied at 4-4 when Flanders stepped to the plate in the bottom of the seventh with one out and the bases loaded. Then Flanders took a 3-1 pitch and connected for a single to center field, scoring Mason Ratcliff for the walk-off win.
Helping themselves early, the Junior Shockers were able to score their first three runs in the bottom of the first inning in between rain showers. Flanders started the offense with a one-out single to second base. Then Sam Crace had a two-out single to center field. Chase Carson followed with a double to left field, allowing Flanders to head home, while Crace moved to third. Then Roger Woodruff doubled to right field, scoring both Crace and Carson for the 3-0 lead. Woodruff was picked off at second base by pitcher Caden Humphreys to bring the inning to a close.
Post 142 added another run in the bottom of the third inning. Weston Roop began with a one-out single before Flanders worked a walk. Roop and Flanders each moved up a base on a wild pitch. Then Easton Lansing singled on a soft roller between shortstop and third, allowing Roop to score and open a 4-0 lead.
Jackson rallied with three runs in the top of the fifth inning, using two singles, a double and an error to pull within one, 4-3. Then Post 81 capitalized on another error in the top of the sixth to tie the game at 4-4.
The contest was knotted there until the bottom of the seventh inning. Mason Ratcliff worked a one-out walk before Carter Williams and Roop were each hit by a pitch to fill the bases for Flanders to deliver the walk-off hit for the 5-4 win.
Flanders finished 2-for-3 from the plate with one run and the game-winning RBI. Woodruff was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs. Carson finished 1-for-2 with a double, one run and two RBIs. Lansing was also 2-for-3 with one RBI. Roop and Crace each went 1-for-3 with a run.
Mason Ratcliff picked up the pitching victory with four innings of relief work, giving up four runs (only two earned) on four hits, while striking out five batters and walking two. Carson had pitched the first three innings, giving up two hits, while striking out six and walking one.
With those wins, the Junior Shockers improved to 5-3. They will be home again Monday, June 17, to face Marietta Post 64. They will also be home Wednesday, June 19, with Lancaster Post 11 and Thursday, June 20, against the Southern Ohio Rounders.