CHILLICOTHE – Any day that features baseball under sunny skies is a good day. Wednesday was one of those days.
On day three of the Ohio Region V American Legion Baseball Tournament at VA Memorial Stadium, both Chillicothe Post 757 and Waverly Post 142 were in action — playing two games each with the second being against one another.
The Colts started out the day on a good note with a 7-4 win over Circleville Post 134. Circleville won a Monday meeting between the clubs 7-2.
After digging an early 2-0 hole, Chillicothe got on the board in the top of third inning in a big way.
After right fielder Brandon Triplett led off with a seeing-eye single, he stole second base. Zack Jordan then walked before starting pitcher Luke Sarver delivered a run with a single. Jordan, who had made his way to third, then scored on a balk before Sarver crossed home plate thanks to an RBI single from Drew Barr.
Just like that, Post 757 owned a 3-2 advantage. The teams added a run each before Circleville knotted things up at 4 in the seventh.
However, Chillicothe provided an answer in the top of the eighth, scoring three runs on three hits. Sarver’s two-run double sparked the rally.
Sarver picked up the win on the mound after seven innings of work. In the victory, the righty allowed seven hits, gave up two earned runs and struck out two. Jordan collected the save, tossing two innings of scoreless baseball.
At the plate, Sarver led the way by finishing 2 for 4 with 3 RBI, two stolen bases and two runs scored. Barr followed, going 2 for 5 with 2 RBI.
Shockers fall to Cincinnati Yeager, earn date with Colts
In the day’s second game, Cincinnati Yeager Post 199 defeated Waverly Post 142, 10-0, advancing to the winner’s bracket championship and sending the Shockers to the loser’s bracket title game.
After 142 earned base hits in both the first and second innings, Yeager’s Shane Smith gave the Shockers’ bats a day off and, at one point, had retired 14 consecutive batters.
“Yeager is a good team and they’re well coached,” Post 142 Jonathan Teeters said. “They’ve got a lot of good athletes. (Smith) was as good of a pitcher that we’ve faced all season long. He threw three pitches for strikes and was very composed. He was a tough match-up.”
Smith earned the win, going the distance, allowing two hits and striking out five.
Pierce Knisley took the loss by giving up six earned runs scattered over 5 1/3 innings of work. He surrendered seven hits and logged four strikeouts.
Colts, Shockers meet with trip to Region V championship at stake
In the loser’s bracket championship game, Waverly got the best of Chillicothe, ending the Colts season by a final of 8-1.
The Shockers (22-8) scored one run each in both the first and second innings, jumping out to an immediate 2-0 edge. Post 757 would retaliate with a run of their own in the top of the third to make it a 2-1 contest.
That score would stand until Waverly’s offense exploded for six runs on six hits in the bottom of the seventh.
Seth Jenkins earned the victory on the hill thanks to a solid 6 1/3 innings of work. Jenkins gave up three hits and one earned run while striking out four and walking six. Jacob Chester was on the losing end, going six innings and giving up four earned runs on 11 hits.
In his last game as a Colt, Sarver ended his legion career by going 1 for 3 with an RBI. Ethan Fremder followed by finishing 1-2 with two stolen bases.
The loss put Post 757’s final overall mark at 14-20-1.
“I think we’ve seen what we’ve seen out of the last several years with our guys,” Post 757 coach Tom Barr said. “They only get better as the season moves along. We’ve been dinged up the whole season and we just now got to where we’re fairly healthy. We were a bad baseball team at certain points in the year. But overall, we had a great group. I think we played better than anybody expected us to, other than ourselves.”
Waverly advances to tomorrow’s Region V championship game at 3 pm in a rematch against Cincinnati Yeager. To win it all, the Shockers will have to beat Yeager twice.