After giving up back-to-back fly balls in the 1st, Eloe hit a batter and walked on, then dug deep and rang up the following man. The Ram hitters then gave him a quick lead.
Miller led off with a single and, with one out, Luke Hatfield hammered his 10th home run of the season for a 2-0 lead. Eloe got the first Tuscola batter to pop up, then rang up the second man. He gave up a double, but got another batter to pop out. The Rams went in order in the 2nd. Eloe rang up the first batter in the 3rd. A single was followed by two ground outs.
The Rams charged into the 3rd. Eloe helped himself with a lead-off double. Miller walked and stole 2nd. Keown jacked a sacrifice fly. Hatfield walked and stole 2nd. Standerfer reached on an error and drove in a run. Neil Yockey hit the second double fo the inning and drove in two more runs. Hawkins launched a sacrifice fly scoring sending in another run, 8-0 Rams.
Eloe and the Rams retired Tuscola in order in the 4th, 5th, and 6th with three more strikeouts. Each outfielder made a play, Yockey gunned down two batters from short and Eloe threw one out. The Rams didn't get any more hits in the 4th, 5th, and 6th, but did get four walks and had two guys plunked by the pitcher.
In the top of the 7th, Eloe gave up a lead-off single and a walk. Hawkins made a double play, catching a line-out at 3rd and throwing to Keown covering 2nd for the double play. Emboldened, Eloe struck out the last man on three pitches.
Shelbyville 7, Tuscola 0
T'cola 000 000 0--0-3-1
Shelby 205 000 x--7-4-0
Ram stats: Miller 1-for-2, 2 BBs, SB, 2 runs; Keown 0-for-2, BB, sac, RBI; Hatfield 1-for-1, 2R HR, BB, 2 HBP, SB, run, 2 RBIs; Standerfer 0-for-4, ROE, run, RBI; Yockey 1-for-3, 2B, run, 2 RBIs; Hawkins 0-for-2, sac RBI; McConnell 0-for-3; Manship 0-for-3, Eloe 1-for-1, 2B, 2 BB, SB, run. Pitching (W) Eloe (2-0) 7 IP, 0 runs, 3 hits, 2 BBs, 1 HBP, 7 Ks.
T'cola stats: Yoakum 0-for-3; Watson 1-for-3; Walsh 0-for-2, HB, FC; Williams 0-for-2, BB; Bates 1-for-3; Westjohn 0-for-2, BB; Rose 0-for-3; Martin 1-for-3, 2B; Cochenour 0-for-2. Pitching (L) Walsh 3 2/3 IP, 7 runs (6 ER), 4 hits, 4 BBs, 2 K.