John Curtis Daily Union Sports Editor
Shelbyville Daily Union
---- — Shelby Sr. Legion baseball won a nip’n tuck game 1 against St. Anthony, 3-2, on Thursday, then exploded in the nightcap for a 22-4 blowout.
Game 1 had an interesting set of dynamics that conspired to make it a close game. Both starters lasted nine innings. They only gave up a total of just five runs, but gave up 18 hits.
One pitcher, Zack Gardewine, the loser, walked seven batters, but struck out 10. He only gave up five hits in eight innings. But four hits in the 9th cost him the game.
Jake Keown, the winner, walked no one, but walked just six. He gave up nine hits in eight innings, seven in the first three innings, but zero in the 9th. He struck out just four batters in eight innings, but KO’d two more in the 9th, then caught the final out.
Add in that one team had the only errors, two. That team won.
The star hitter for the winner was the pitcher, Keown (4-for-5), who drove in the winning run in the 9th.
St. Anthony had a chance had to score in the 1st, but a Shelby 4-6-3 double play pulled the rug out from under that chance, Neil Yockey to Christian Vonderheide to Andrew Hawkins.
Shelby got on the board first in the 2nd inning with yet another Hammering Luke Hatfield home run, a lead-off solo shot. With two outs, Neil Yockey worked a walk, Ben Helton drew a walk and the #9 hitter, Mike Baker hit an RBI-single, 2-0.
St. Anthony had a man on 3rd in the 2nd, but a second double play (5-4-3), Hayden Cole to Yockey to Hawkins to end that St. A chance.
St. Anthony answered back in the bottom of the 3rd with their own 2-run spurt. Kyle Bourgouis singled and Jacob Lorenz was hit by a pitch. after a Neil Ritz sacrifice, Neil Williams singled in a run. Eli Dasenbrock singled and Lorenz scored on an outfield miscue, 2-2.
Another double play stopped the St. Anthony roll. Vonderheide caught a liner and threw to 1st. St. Anthony only had four base runners the rest of the game.
Shelby had the bases loaded in the 6th and two men in scoring position in the 8th, but Gardewine responded with strikeouts and a shortstop unassisted play.
In the 9th, Gardewine threw his 10th strikeout. Then four straight batters got hits. Trevor Moore singled. Baker singled. Vonderheide singled. With the bases loaded an one out, Keown singled in the go-ahead run, 3-2. A pop out to Williams at short and throw to the plate ended the Shelby 9th.
In the bottom of the 9th, Keown rang up the first two batters, both on 2-2 pitches. The next batter popped up, Keown squeezed it and Shelby got the win.
Shelby Legion 3, St. Anthony 2
Shelby 020 000 001--3-9-2
St A 002 000 000--2-9-0
Shelby stats: Vonderheide 1-for-5; Keown 4-for-5, 2 SBs, RBI; Theis 0-for-5; Hatfield 1-for-2, HR, 2 BBs, SB, run, RBI; Cole 0-for-4; Hawkins 0-for-3, BB; Yockey 0-for-3, BB, run; Helton 0-for-1, BB; Moore 1-for-2, RBI; Baker 2-for-4, RBI. Pitching (W) Keown 9 IP, 2 runs, 9 hits, 0 BBs, 6 Ks.
St. A stats: Lorenz 1-for-3, HBP, run; Ritz 0-for-2, sacb; Williams 2-for-4, RBI; Dasenbrock 2-for-4; Pucket 0-for-4; Gertler 1-for-4, 2B; Hoelscher 1-for-4; Stephens 0-for-2; Grunloh 0-for-2; Bourgouis 1-for-2, run; Clausills 1-for-1. Pitching (L) Gardewine 3 runs, 9 hits, 7 BBs, 10 Ks, 1 HR.
After the nail-biting opener, Shelby exploded for 22 runs, including a 10-run 2nd to crucify St. Anthony, 22-4.
Shelby pounded out 14 hits, including three doubles, while St. Anthony had just three hits. After Mike Baker gave up a 4-run 2nd as St. Anthony tied the game, 4-4, Ben Helton came in and shut St. Anthony down.
Alex Hoelscher started for St. Anthony, but a combination of nine hits, three walks and an error buried him under an avalanche of nine hits and 14 runs in just two long innings of work.
Shelby opened the game with a 3-run 1st. Vonderheide and Keown led off with singles. Vonderheide scored on a wild pitch. Hatfield reached on an error. Keown scored on a ground out RBI by Baker and Hatfield scored on a wild pitch, 3-0.
Despite two Shelby errors, Baker KO’d two batters and got out of the 1st. Shelby added a run in the 2nd, as Aaron White reached on a 1-out error. Vonderheide singled and Keown hit a sac-fly RBI, 4-0.
Shelby was on their way to a rout, but St. Anthony derailed it temporarily with a 4-run 2nd. Baker gave up a walk and hit two batters. He walked another batter and Williams singled. One more Shelby error knotted the score, 4-4.
The derailment didn’t last. Luke Hatfield lit the fuse with a lead-off double in the 3rd, and Shelby rocketed away. The first 11 batters reached base and 10 of them scored.
Baker singled and Helton doubled in two runs. AJ Miller walked and Moore drove in a run on a fielder’s choice, 7-4.
White singled and Vonderheide walked to force in a run. Keown singled in a run and Theis reached on an error, driving in a run. Hatfield came up again and singled a run home. Baker was hit by a pitch and forced a run in.
St. Anthony finally pulled Hoelscher after 11 batters and still with no outs. Helton hit a sac fly RBI and Miller singled a run in. A double play finally pulled the plug on Shelby, which sent 14 men to the plate in the inning.
Down 14-4 in the 3rd, St. Anthony, after dropping a 9-inning, 1-run ball game in the opener, was staring at a 10-run defeat. However, a fifth Shelby double play of the day retired St. Anthony in order.
Shelby added two runs to their lead in the 4th. White led off with a walk and Yockey was hit by a pitch. With one out, Hawkins reached on an error to load the bases.
St. Anthony walked Hatfield rather than allow him to hit another summer grand slam. He still picked up an RBI. Baker grounded out and drove in another run, 16-4.
St. Anthony had a lead-off hit in the 4th, but a fielder’s choice and two fly outs stymied them. Shelby added insult to injury in the 5th, kicking St. Anthony with six runs, while they were down.
Miller singled, Moore was hit by a pitch and White reached on an error to load the bases. Yockey hit an RBI-single, 17-4. St A reliever Scott Rentfrow threw consecutive Ks. But, Hatfield and Baker both reached on errors. Helton and Miller came up again and got his 2nd hit of the inning, an RBI-double, 22-4.
St Anthony was on life-support, down 18 runs and needing nine repeal the 10-run loss after five innings. St. A got another lead-off single, but Helton rang up the next two batters. Hayden Cole threw out the next batter on a ground ball, 2nd to 1st, and called it a night.
Shelby Legion 22, St. Anthony 4
Shelby 31(10) 26--22-14-4
St A 040 00--4-3-7
Shelby stats: Vonderheide 2-for-2, BB, SB, 2 runs, RBI; Yockey 1-for-1, HBP, 2 runs, RBI; Keown 2-for-2, sacf, SB, 2 runs, 2 RBIs; Cole 0-for-2; Theis 0-for-3, run, RBI; Hawkins 0-for-2; Hatfield 2-for-4, BB, 2B, 4 runs, 2 RBIs; Baker 1-for-4, HBP, SB, 2 runs, 3 RBIs; Helton 2-for-3, BB, sacf, 2B, run, 3 RBIs; Miller 3-for-4, BB, 2B, 2 runs, 2 RBIs; Moore 0-for-4, HBP, 2 runs, RBI; White 1-for-3, BB, 4 runs. Pitching (W) Helton 3 2/3 IP, 0 runs, 3 hits, 0 BBs, 4 Ks; (Starter) Baker 1 1/3 IP, 4 runs, 0 hits, 2 BBs, 2 Ks.
St A stats: Lorenz 0-for-1, BB, run; Clausills 0-for-1; Williams 1-for-2, 2 SBs; Greene 0-for-1; Dasenbrock 0-for-2, SB; Gibson 0-for-1; Pucket 0-for-1; Bourgouis 0-for-1; Stephens 1-for-1; Ritz 0-for-2; Jansen 0-for-1; Gardewine 0-for-2, BB, run; Martelli 0-for-2, HBP, run; Grunloh 0-for-2, RBI; Rentfrow 1-for-1, HBP, run. Pitching (L) Hoelscher 2 IP, 14 runs, 9 hits, 3 BBs, 0 Ks; Grunloh 1 1/3 IP, 2 runs, 1 hit, 2 BBs, 0 Ks; Rentfrow 1 2/3 IP, 6 runs, 4 hits, 0 BBs, 3 Ks.