Tri-Valley scored on a walk and a couple of hits in the 3rd. Shelby got that run back, as Hatfield reached on an error. stole 2nd and went to 3rd on a passed ball. Hawkins walked and Yockey sac-flied Hatfield home, 5-1.
The 7th inning removed all doubt. Yockey led off with a single, Manship walked and with two outs, Miller hit a 2-run double. Keown reached on an error and Miller scored, 8-1 Rams.
Tri-Valley got two runs in the bottom of the 7th on walks, a hit batter and an error, but it was too little, too late.
Shelby then took on host Clinton. Both teams had early scoring then the game ground down to scoreless innings. Finally in the 7th, again, Shelby erupted.
The Rams started the 1st with four consecutive hits. Miller singled, Keown doubled. Hatfield had an RBI-single and Standerfer hit an RBI-single .Yockey ground out and drove in a run, 4-0 Rams.
Clinton got one run back on a walk and a double, 4-1. They came back for three runs in the 2nd to knot the score.Two walks set the table and brought on Keown to pitch. Three consecutive hits made it 4-4.
Neither team got traction, offensively, until the top of the 7th. Eli Miller led off with a triple and Keown singled him in. Hatfield singled. Standerfer then hit a sac fly, driving in a run. Yockey reached on an error and McConnell hit an RBI-single for a 7-4 lead.
Keown and the Rams would have to hold Clinton in the bottom of the 7th. They had retired Clinton in order the previous four innings. In the bottom of the 7th, Keown and the Rams did it again. Luke McConnell caught a fly ball for the first out. A ground out to the 3rd baseman was out #2. Keown then delivered a 2-2 pitch for strike three and the win.