SHELBYVILLE, IL. — Shelbyville and Stew-Stras/Windsor met in the Sulliavn 2A Regional Championship game on Monday. Pitching problems frustrated the Comets and the Rams took advantage, winning the title in five innings, 10-0.
Payton Howell picked up where he left off on Saturday, when he came in two slam the door shut on LSA in the semifinal. Howell was in control on the Shelbyville mound. He struck out seven batters in five innings, allowed just three hits and walked two.
He KO'd the first two batters of the game, then covered 1st on a ground ball to get the put out. Unlike Saturday, Shelbyville wasted no time gettng on the board.
Quinn Martz led off with a base hit up the middle. SS/W center fielder Trevor Quast threw to 1st and Martz barely beat the strong throw. Martz stole 2nd and, with one out, Turner Pullen singled and drove Martz home, 1-0.
SS/W starter Dalton Armes began having control problems. Tylr Gottfriedt and Brett Spears walked and Cade Watson was hit by a pitch forcing in a run, 2-0. Daythan Summer walked and forced in another run, 3-0. Spears tried to take home on a passed ball and the catcher beat him to the plate for the 3rd out.
Christian Kessler led off the Comet 2nd off with a hit. Isaac Kramer walked. The next batter hit to Mason Cameron at 2nd and he started a 4-6-3 double play that Martz turned at 2nd and Watson caught at 1st. Howell rang up the next batter on three pitches.
In the Ram 2ndMartz got a 1-out bloop hit to right field. Cameron hit to the 2nd baseman for a possible double play, but he bobbled it. Everyone was safe.
Armes had technical problems called out of the blue. He was called on a balk and the runners moved up to 2nd and 3rd. He was called on it again and Martz scored and Cameron went to 3rd, 4-0. Pullen grounded out, but Cameron scored, 5-0