Miller had a single in the 2nd and Hawkins a single in the 3rd, but both were stranded. In the Mt. Zion 3rd, Keown threw out a batter, Yockey threw a batter out, and Hatfield caught a fly out to retire Mt. Zion in order.
In the top of the 4th, Hatfield led off with a single and, with one out, Neil Yockey reached on the only Mt. Zion error. Hawkins followed with a hit. Hatfield scored, but Mt. Zion got a double play, 2nd to 1st to home. Shelby was up 2-0, but it could have been more.
In the bottom of the 3rd, Miller tried to protect the lead, but things didn't go his way. He threw out the first batter, then gave up back-to-back hits. An error in right field scored a run. An error at home scored another run, tying the game. With two outs, another single scored a third run, 3-2 Mt. Zion.
Both teams had solo base runners in the 5th, but they were stranded. In the 6th with two outs, the Rams knotted the score. Yockey drew a walk and Hawkins launched an RBI-triple, 3-3.
Miller retired Mt. Zion in order in the 6th. A fly out to Hendryx in right was followed by Hawkins throwing a batter out, 3rd to 1st. Miller struck out the third batter. Shelby also went down in order in the top of the 7th. Then came the Ram faux pas that spelled "close but no cigar."
Shelbyville (6-1) play at the Clinton Tourney on Saturday.
Mt. Zion 4, Shelbyville 3
Shelby 100 101 0--3-6-4
Mt. Zion 000 300 1--4-4-1
Ram stats: Miller 1-for-4; Keown 0-for-2, BB, run; Hatfield 1-for-3, run; Standerfer 1-for-2, RBI; Yockey 0-for-2, BB, run; Hawkins 3-for-3, 3B, RBI; Manship 0-for-3; McConnell 0-for-3; Peifer 0-for-2, BB. Pitching (L) Hawkins (3-1) 2/3 IP, 1 run (0 ER), 1 hit 0 BBs, 1 K; (Starter) Miller 6 IP, 3 runs (0 ER), 3 hits, 0 BBs, 2 HB, 5 Ks.
MZ stats: Dunn 1-for-4, ROE; Bruce 0-for-3, FC, HBP; Wilhoit 0-for-4; Geisler 0-for-3, HBP; Flansher 1-for-4, D3K, ROE, run; Durand 1-for-3, ROE, run; Calhoun 0-for-3, ROE, run; Olson 0-for-3; Reynolds 2-for-3, run. Pitching (W) Durand 3 IP, 1 run, 1 hit, 2 BBs, 6 Ks; (Starter) Olson 4 IP, 2 runs, 5 hits, 1 BB, 3 Ks.