His teammates call him ‘filthy’ and ‘dirty’. And to Travis Weaver they are the highest compliments he could be paid.
When his Richland mates do, they’re referring to his pitching. But Weaver can hit a little bit too.
On Thursday of this week, Richland’s best all-around player continued to shine. Weaver, a veteran corner infielder and pitcher, was clearly on top of his game during Post 880′s 6-5, season-ending defeat to Waynesboro, in the semifinals of the rain-shortened, eight-team, single-elimination Region Four American Legion baseball tournament, which was moved to Shippensburg’s Memorial Field.
Facing a 5-0 deficit in a suspended game, Weaver’s pitching kept the Lebanon County champions within striking distance and gave them a chance to win. Over the remainder of the contest, Weaver tossed four-and-two-thirds innings of two-hit, one-run ball.
He whiffed seven and walked two. The hard-throwing, right-hander fanned the first five Waynesboro batters he faced.
Six days earlier at Hanover’s Diller Field, Weaver had pitched Post 880 to a 9-1 triumph over Upper Dauphin in the opening round of the Region Four event. In that particular contest, Weaver struck out seven, walked four and surrendered five hits, before reaching his pitch limit in the top of the seventh inning.
- Jeff Falk