JOHN CURTIS - Daily Union Sports Editor
Shelbyville Daily Union
SHELBYVILLE, IL. —
Monical's was tied for the lead in the standings of Shelbyville Men's Softball, but B&R Marine swept over the pizza parlor on Thursday night, 9-8, and 15-4.
The playoffs have now began. At the start of the week, Joe's Pizza and Monical's Pizza were tied atop the league, both at 7-1, with B&R Marine a half-game back, 6-2. Joe's Pizza won two games and went to 9-1. Then came the showdown with Monical's Pizza and B&R Marine on Thursday.
The opnere was a "good game." It was close throughout. It had six lead changes. Neither team led by more than two runs. It went into extra innings.
B&R struck first with a solo run in the 1st. Monical's struck back with two in the 2nd for the first lead change, 2-1. B&R tied the game in the bottom of the 2nd, 2-2. B&R took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the 3rd, the second lead change. Neither team scored in the 4th.
Monical's got two runs in the 5th for the third lead change, 4-3. B&R got those runs back in the bottom of the inning for the fourth lead change, 5-4. Monical's fought back with a 3-run 6th for the fifth lead change, 7-5.
It was the only time in the game when either team led by more than one run. B&R couldn't respond and Monical's couldn't extend over the next inning.
In the bottom of the 7th, facing a 2-run loss, B&R got the two runs to tie the score, 7-7. Monical's regained the lead in the top of the 8th and kept the pressure on B&R, leading 8-7. B&R came up in the bottom of the 8th staring at defeat again. They scored two runs for the final lead change and the walk-off win, 9-8
Monical's and B&R were then tied with 7-2 records in 2nd place. However, they still had to play the nightcap.
Emboldened by winning the extra-inning opener, B&R exploded for nine runs in the 1st inning of game 2. That early knockdown took the wind out of Monical's sails. B&R added two more runs in the 2nd to go up 11-0.
Monical's could only answer in the 2nd with one run. B&R threw in another shovel of dirt in the 3rd, a 4-run rally to lead 15-1. Monical's had no answer in the 3rd or 4th innings. Marine coasted and still led 15-1 as Monical's faced a sweep in the bottom of the 5th. Monical's had a last gasp, a 3-run burst. It was too little, too late.
Monical's dropped to 3rd place in the league at 7-3. B7R Marine rose to 2nd place at 8-2, a half-game behind Joe's Pizza at 9-1.
B&R Marine 9, Monical's Pizza 8
Monical's 020 023 01--8
B&R Marine 111 020 22--9
B&R Marine 15, Monical's Pizza 4
B&R Marine 924 00--15
Monical's 010 03--4