Shelbyville baseball (14-2, 3-1 OVC) beat Pana earlier in the week, but left a lot of men on base. They left men on base Friday against Monticello and lost 7-5. They bounced back on Saturday, beating St. Anthony, 11-3.
The Rams out-hit Monticello 10 to 5, but that didn't matter. The Rams gave the game away by booting four balls, missing signs and walking 11 batters in a 2-run loss. Once again, the Rams stranded base runners, 14 total. It was a bad time to play bad, as they dropped a conference contest they could have won.
Ram walks and errors gave Monticello a 2-0 lead after the first half-inning. The Rams worked their way back to a tie with arun in the bottom of the 1st and a run in the bottom of the 3rd. The Rams gave up a a 4-run inning in the 4th and put themselves in a bind, down 6-2.
The Rams got one of those runs back in the bottom of the 4th. The Rams counted coup against Monty's relief pitcher, Stokowski, and made it a 1-run ball game heading into the 7th, 6-5 Monty. Monticello got an insurance run in the 7th and the Rams still couldn't get players across the plate in the 7th and took a bitter defeat.
Though Eli Miller had a tough day pitching, walking seven batters in just three innings. However, he tied the game in the 3rd with a solo shot in the deepest part of center field. Three other Rams had multiple hits. Jake Keown's pitching and hitting as given the Rams a boost this spring. He hit 2-for-5. Luke Hatfield also hit 2-for-5, including two doubles and an RBI. Luke McConnell hit 2-for-4.
Monticello 7, Shelbyville 5
Monty 200 400 1--7-5-1
Shelby 101 102 0--5-10-4
Ram stats: Keown 2-for-5; Hatfield 2-for-5, 2-2Bs, RBI; Miller 1-for-2, HR; McConnell 2-for-4. Pitching (L) Miller (2-1) 3.2 IP, 6 runs, 2 hits, 7 BBs, 7 Ks.
Monty stats: Stokowski 2-for-3, 2 RBIs; Bundy 1-for-2, 2 RBIs; Crook 1-for-3. Pitching (W) Crook 5 IP, 3 runs, 6 hits, 3 BBs, 4 Ks.
On Saturday, Shelby shook off their woes and heeled the St. Anthony Bulldogs, 11-3.
Andrew Hawkins as emerged as an ace for the 14-2 Rams. He recorded another complete game, managing three runs, seven hits, and just one walk in seven innings, while striking out three. The Ram hit crew was active again, pounding out 11 hits. Four had multiple hits.
Luke Hatfield cranked his sixth and seventh home runs of the year and teammate Neil Yockey hit one of his own. Hatfield hit 3-for-3 with his two home runs and seven RBIs. Miller hit 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles.
After giving up a run in the 1st, the Rams answered with a 3-run rally in the bottom of the inning. Hawkins was in control and shut the Dawgs down for three innings. Meanwhile, the Rams followed their 3-run rally with a 4-run romp in the 2nd and then scored a pair in the 4th, to lead 9-1.
On the verge of a 10-run early dismissal, St. Anthony kept the game alive with two runs, 9-3 Rams. Shelby got a run in the 5th and 6th and Hawkins and the Ram defense held St. Anthony scoreless the last two innings for the 8-run victory.
Shelbyville 11, St. Anthony 3
St. A 100 020 0--3-7-5
Shelby 340 211 x--11-11-1
Ram stats: Hatfield 3-for-3, 2-HRs, 7 RBIs; Miller 2-for-5, 2-2Bs; Yockey 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBIs; Peifer 2-for-3; Keown 2-for-4/ Pitching (W) Hawkins 7 IP, 3 runs, 7 hits, 1 BB, 3 Ks.
St. A stats: Schultz 1-for-2, HR; Schuette 2-for-3, RBI; Hecht 2-for-4. Pitching (L) Gardewine 5 IP, 10 runs, 10 hits, 1 BB, 6 Ks.