Waverly baseball pitcher Derek Eblin etched his name into the Tigers record book Tuesday, firing the baseball program’s first-ever “perfect game” in a 1-0 win over Gallia Academy in the Division 2 Sectional Tournament.
Eblin worked all 7 innings, not allowing any batter to reach base while also striking out 13 Gallia Academy batters.
Eblin also had a base hit and accounted for the Tiger’s lone RBI in the victory. Waverly collected 6 base hits for the game, improving to (23-5) for the season.
Waverly’s win now puts them up against Unioto at 5pm this Thursday in Waverly for the Sectional Final.
It was a slow start for Waverly, but they overcame a 10-2 deficit to earn a 61-42 DII Sectional Final win over Marietta Thursday.
As cold as Waverly was from the field, Marietta hopped off the bus just as hot, jumping out to to 8-point margin midway through the first period.
The home Tigers closed the gap to 14-12 to close out the first quarter, then got their first lead to start the second on a three by Gage Wheeler and didn’t look back. Waverly carried a 32-19 lead into the intermission.
“Originally we were gonna play full court and stay solid (defensively)” said Waverly’s Travis Robertson. “I felt like we let them (Marietta) off the hook. They wanted to just walk it up and kinda do their thing. We were able to run a jump the ball a bit, get it movin’ and the pace picked up.”
Zeke Brown had 12 of his 16 points by halftime as he and Will Father combined for 12 of the Tigers’ 20 second quarter points. Wheeler nailed three triples while Trey Robertson was held to just 4 points in the first half.
Robertson began taking advantage of driving to the basket in the third, hitting five field goals scoring 11 of Waverly’s 17 points in the quarter for a 49-31 advantage. He finished with 19 to lead all scorers.
Wheeler had 9 followed by Futhey’s 8, Mark Stulley with 7 and Hudson Kelly finished the scoring with a basket late. Brown and Robertson were selected as the McDonald’s Players of the Game.
Fourth seeded Waverly will host the fifth seed Sheridan March 4th. Sheridan defeated Fairfield Union 45-34 in Thornville Thursday night.
Most of the area teams still alive in OHSAA playoff action will be playing Saturday night, but several will be continuing their regular season action on Friday night. All kick off times are 7pm.
The Litter Media Game of the Week features Waverly hosting McNicholas in the quarterfinals of D IV Region 16. The Tigers enter the game 7-0 after pasting Norwood 62-14 last Saturday. McNicholas was a 27-0 winner over Unioto last weekend, improving the Rockets’ record to 5-2. Watch for score updates from Waverly on the Litter Media Facebook Page Saturday night, Litter Media Extras including a game report, photos over the weekend and a game highlight package next week.
Waverly’s Haydn’ Shanks and Will Futhey proved to be an unstoppable combination Friday in the Tigers’ 56-10 victory at Lucasville Valley.
Shanks completed 28-of-38 passes for 366 yards and 5 TDs, each to Futhey who wracked up 167 yards on 9 catches. Shanks also ran for a 1-yard touchdown to get the game started.
Valley answered with George Arnett returning the ensuing kickoff inside the Waverly five yard line. Chase Ruby hit a 22 yard field goal to get the Indians on the board at 6-3.
Just a second into the 2nd Quarter, Shanks hit Futhey for the first of their five scoring plays. Zeke Brown caught the two-point conversion and Waverly pushed ahead 14-3. Three minutes later Shanks connected with Futhey from 34 yards out for a 21-3 Tigers’ lead.
Arnett scored on a 5-yard run to complete a 9-play drive to pull the Indians within 21-10.
On the next possession, Shanks found Futhey a third time tacking on another TD just before halftime for a 28-10 score at the intermission.
Peyton Harris scored on a 5 yard run with 2:29 remaining in the 3rd Quarter to put the game out of each at 35-10.
In the 4th, Shanks and Futhey combined for TDs of 18 and 38 yards each and with less than 4 minute to play, Tanner Nichols intercepted a Valley pass, returning it inside the 10. Jaxon Poe plunged in the end zone on a 6-yard run for the game’s final score, 56-10.
Poe had 112-yards on 14 carries for Waverly’s ground attack which tallied 215 yards.
The Tigers had 581 total yards while holding Valley to 106 total yards offense.
Valley (1-2) heads to Portsmouth West September 18th while Waverly (3-0) returns home to host Wheelersburg (3-0) in a battle for the SOC lead.
The two had played in the season opener at Piketon with Waverly earning a five point victory. With the 2019-20 campaign on the line, it was Warren coming out on top 45-42 to advance to Thursday’s District Final with Logan Elm at The Convo.
Warren’s Brandon Simoniette was held to just three points in the first half, but finished the final 13 minutes with 14 more. It all started with about 5 minutes left in the third period with the Warriors going scoreless and Waverly held a 24-22 advantage.
It turned out to be the turning point in the game.
Warren’s Blaine Maddox said it was time to place some weight on the shoulders of his senior “We do that sometimes, but we didn’t quit. We kept battling and Simoniette with about with about 5 minutes left in the third quarter, I said ‘This is your time, bud… This is it for you’ and he turned it on.
Waverly’s Travis Robertson said Simoniette (17 points) hit some timely shots for Warren. “He played a great game tonight” said Robertson. “We knew he was their best perimeter guy… We were supposed to be going up top over all those screens, we had breakdowns. When you have breakdowns you pay for them.”
The Tigers trailed 14-8 before closing the fist period on a 7-0 run and the game was knotted at 22 by the half.
Trey Robertson found Tanner Smallwood for a shot to beat the buzzer to give Waverly a 35-32 lead to close the third quarter.
The nail in the coffin for Waverly was a three pointer by Joel Chevalier to put Warren up 43-41 to take the lead for good.
Waverly finished its season 19-5 while Warren (16-9) plays Logan Elm for the District Championship Thursday.
Game 1: Logan Elm 57, Jackson 38 The Logan Elm Braves trailed Jackson 12-7 following the first eight minutes. That would change quickly in the second period.
The Ironmen went cold and were limited to two points in the second quarter, all while Logan Elm’s efficient offense clicked and its defense contained Jackson’s Caleb Wallis. The Braves played Miami Trace without their Jason Sailor in Wednesday’s semi-final. Coach Doug Stiverson regarded Sailor as his team’s best defender and Saturday, it showed. Wallis managed 13 points on the day, but Sailor shadowed and challenged his every move.
Meanwhile, the Braves began to pull away, leading 23-14 at the half and 36-26 through three.Jackson scrapped to within five on three possessions in the fourth, but couldn’t get closer. The Braves also distanced themselves with their play at the line, hitting 28-of-31 free throws. Thirteen of those were dropped in by Isaac Ward, who finished as the game’s leading scorer with 21 points. Gabe Chalfin added another 18, half of which were from the stipe.The Ironman were paced by Wallis with 13 and Braxton Hammond’s 11 points.
Jackson’s season closes at 20-4 and the Braves head to The Convo for a District Semi-Final with Athens Saturday February 29 at 8:45pm.
Game 2: Waverly 38, Unioto 34 Waverly took the lead from Unioto in the final quarter to open the fourth with a three-pointer by Trey Robertson and Unioto fought to keep pace, but the Tigers clawed out a 38-34 win for their fourth straight Sectional Championship.
The Tanks maintained a slight advantage over Waverly for most of the game, but couldn’t gain enough ground to keep the lead. The Tigers went ahead just before the half on a Robertson bucket, but Unioto’s Isaac Little drained a jumper at the buzzer for a 20-18 halftime lead. Little netted 17 points for the Shermans.
Waverly cut the margin to 25-24 through three quarters in a low scoring period before assuming the lead in the fourth. Robertson led Waverly with 18 points and Jason Futhey came up with some big buckets late.
The Tigers play Warren on Saturday February 29 at 7pm. The two clubs met at the beginning of the season in Piketon with Waverly coming out on top 63-60.
Game 1 Recap: Unioto 45, Hillsboro 38 Hillsboro rallied from a 21-15 halftime and pulled to within a point on a three-pointer by Hunter Price and Jakwon Clark followed up with a layup for a 38-37 lead 2:04 remaining.
Unioto’s Josh Lambert put the Shermans back on top and the Indians failed to score again.
Lambert led all scorers with 16 points and Isaac Little poured in 14 points while the Indians’ Caleb Crawford had 12, Price added 11 and Clark had 10.
The Shermans will face the Waverly/Gallia Academy winner this Saturday at 7pm at Southeastern High School.
Game 2 Recap: Waverly 59, Gallia Academy 49 Waverly pulled away from Gallia Academy for a 59-49 victory. The Tigers held a 27-24 lead at the half, then went ahead 45-35 after the third period.
However, the Blue Devils cut the deficit to five points with six minutes remaining.
Waverly turned up the tempo offensively and held Gallia to four points to close out the game.
Trey Robertson paced the Tigers with 16 points while Will Futhey and Zeke Brown scored 13 apiece. Logan Blouir led Gallia Academy with 18 points and Cooper Davis added 11.
Two of the top Southeast District Division II Boys Basketball teams battled February 1st, 2020. Waverly headed to Jackson for an SOC II/FAC contest with the Ironmen coming out on top 51-37. The Tigers fell behind early 17-6 and simply wasn’t able to cut the deficit to single digits. Here’s what our Litter Media Cameras captured in the #LitterMediaGOTW.