In the 5th inning, Hawkins helped himself, putting the ball in play and reaching on a 3rd base error. Two ground outs moved him along to 3rd, then Caleb Eloe drew a walk. Hawkins scored another unearned run, 2-0.
In the 6th, again the first two Ram batters were put out. Nate Standerfer drew a walk. Neil Yockey singled to left and the fielder booted the ball for extra bases. Standerfer scored for a 3-0 unearned run lead. Hawkins put the ball in play again and reached on a 3rd base error, before a strikeout ended that Ram at bat.
In the 7th, Hawkins gave up a lead-off home run. He hit the next batter and walked the following hitter. With no outs and two on Miller, who is another starter, came in to pitch. Miller has had early control problems in some starts, but he was perfect out of the gate as a closer.
Miller got a ball back to the mound and threw out the first batter he faced. On another ball back to the mound, Miller threw home and Garrett Manship tagged out the man from 3rd trying to sneak home. Miller smelled the save with two straight outs. He rang up the next batter, the top of the order, on just four pitches.
Shelbyville 3, Argenta 1
Shelby 001 011 0--3-3-0
AO 000 000 1--1-6-6
Ram stats: Miller 1-for-4, SB, run;Keown 0-for-3; Hatfield 0-for-3; Standerfer 0-for-2, BB, run; Yockey 2-for-3; Hawkins 0-for-3, 2 ROE, run; McConnell 0-for-3; Manship 0-for-3; Eloe 0-for-2, BB. Pitching (W) Hawkins (9-1) 6 IP, 1 run, 5 hits, 1 BB, 2 Ks; (Save) Miller 1 IP, 0 runs, 0 hits. 0 BBs, 1 K.
AO stats: Witts 1-for-4; Eller 0-for-3; McHood 0-for-3; Jackson 1-for-3, HR, run, RBI; Hupp 2-for-2, SB, HBP; Brown 0-for-2, BB; Ferrill 0-for-3; Parker 1-for-3, FC. Pitching (L) McHood 7 IP, 3 runs (0 ER), 3 hits, 2 BBs, 6 Ks.
On Tuesday, Caleb Eloe (2-0), who came into the season with a broken arm, was back on the hill for his second win. Eloe notched the complete game, shutout over seven innings. He threw a 3-hitter, walking two, hitting one, and striking out seven. With Eloe back the Ram pitching staff boasts four pitchers with dominant winning records.