Stubborn winter weather notwithstanding, the Shelbyville Rams went on the road to Morrisonville on Thursday and Mauled the Mohawks, 13-4.
Dual sport senior hurler Eli “Stick” Miller, also a state level sprinter, threw three hit-less innings and struck out eight to keep the Mohawks at bay as the Ram hit crew (12 hits) jacked their way to a 6-0 lead.
Hammering Luke Hatfield, also a dual sport athlete pole vaulter, blasted his second home run in as many games and doubled twice, going 3-for-5 with three runs and three RBIs. Nate Standerfer also went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles, two runs, and three RBIs. Garrett Manship smashed the sixth extra-base hit with a solo double, as he went 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Dual sport athlete Neil Yockey, a distance runner on the track team, went 2-for-4, scored three runs and drove in a run.
Shelby got started, when dual sport long jumper, Jake Keown led off reaching on an error and stole 2nd. With one out, Hatfield reached on an error. Standerfer then doubled in Keown. Yockey hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Hatfield for the 2-0 lead.
Miller struck out three batters in the 1st. He hit one batter, walked a batter and a third batter reached on an error, none earned. The bases were jammed with two outs, when Miller won a 3-2 battle with a strikeout.
The Rams couldn’t score in the 2nd, but neither could Morrisonville. A Mohawk led off reaching on an error, but Miller rang up the next two batters. Hatfield squeezed a fly out to end the inning.
The Ram exploded for four runs in the 3rd. Miller drew a walk, stole 3rd and Standerfer singled him in. Yocket singled and Andrew Hawkins hit the third consecutive single, driving Standerfer across. With two on and one out, Manship smacked an RBI double for the 6-0 margin.
The Mohawks needed to respond, but Miller gunned them down. He rang up the first two batters. He walked a man, then KO’d the next batter.
Shelby scored with two outs in the 4th. Hatfield hit a bases empty double and Standerfer made it two 2-baggers in a row. Yockey reached on an error and a wild pitch moved the runners. Standerfer scored and Shelby was up 8-0.
With a healthy lead, Miller was relieved by sophomore Lucas Duckett. Duckett rang up the first batter he faced. A pop out to Yockey. Duckett gave up a walk, but Standerfer threw from 1st to 2nd and Yockey tagged the base runner out to end the inning.
Shelby cashed in again in the 5th. Manship and Luke McConnell led off with walks. With one out, Keown walked. With two outs and the bases loaded, Hatfield hammered his second straight double, driving in two more runs, 10-0.
Morrisonville finally got on the board in the bottom of the 5th. A walk and a 1-out single got them a run. Another single and a fielder’s choice made it 10-2 Rams.
Shelby got one of those runs back in the 6th. Yockey and Hawkins reached on consecutive errors and Manship hit an RBI single, 11-2. Duckett gave up a solo hit in the 6th and threw his second strikeout.
Hatfield opened the 7th with a first-pitch shot out of the park, 12-2 Rams. With one out, Yockey singled and Hawkins, Manship, and pinch hitter Tyler Hendryx walked. Manship scored on a pitcher error, 13-2.
Morrisonville had succeeded in forcing the game to go seven innings and scored a couple more runs, but that was cold comfort. A single, a walk and a double brought in Hatfield to close out the Mohawks with the score, 13-4.
Hatfield faced three batters and got them all. The first batter flew out to right, then Hatfield rang up the next two. One was on a 3-2 pitch and the last man on a 1-2 pitch.
Shelbyville (2-0) is scheduled to play at Marshall on Saturday at 11 a.m.
Shelbyville 13, Morrisonville 4
Shelby 204 221 2--13-12-2
M’ville 000 020 2--4-5-7
Ram stats: Keown 0-for-4, BB, run; Miller 0-for-2, BB, run (Brett 0-for-2); Hatfield 3-for-5, 2-2Bs, HR, 3 runs, 3 RBIs; Standerfer 3-for-5, 2-2Bs, 2 runs, 3 RBIs; Yockey 2-for-4, 3 runs, RBI; Hawkins 1-for-3, run, RBI (JJ 0-for-1, BB); Manship 2-for-3, 2B, 2 BBs, run, 2 RBIs; McConnell 1-for-1, BB, run, RBI (Hendryx 0-for-1, BB); Williams 0-for-5. Pitching (W) Miller 3 IP, 0 runs, 0 hits, 2 BBs, HBP, 8 Ks; Duckett 3 IP, 4 runs, 5 hits, 3 BBs, 2 Ks; Hatfield 1 IP, 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 BBs, 2 Ks.
M’ville stats: Yattoni 1-for-4, run; Dent 1-for-2, HBP, BB, 2 runs; Wilkinson 2-for-4; Unger 0-for-3; Ferrill 0-for-3; Colbert 0-for-4; Myers 0-for-3; Thomas 1-for-2, BB; Rever 0-for-2, BB, run. Pitching (L) Wilkinson.