Shelbyville got thumped by Meridian on Monday, 11-1, while Central A&M got thumped by Monticello, 19-1. On Tuesday, A&M out-hit Riverton, 14-10. Wednesday was the showdown between Shelby and A&M. A&M made a 7th-inning, 2-out comeback and fell just shy, losing 11-10.
Shelby drew 1st blood and held the lead throughout the game. They led 2-0, 2-1, 4-2, 4-3, then 7-3 and 7-5.
In the 6th, Rachel Fox led off with a single and Jensen Cloe jacked a home run on a 0-2 pitch. With two outs, Maddie Holland doubled and Madison Boone singled. Kayla Brachbill walked and Torre Koontz reached on an error to make it, 11-5.
Shelby was in the cat bird seat, but the cat bird was still almost eaten. Taylor Jordan led off the 6th with a double and scored, 11-6. It was the same score when A&M came to the plate for the last time.
With two outs, Lexee Smith singled. Taylor Jordan walked. They advanced on a passed ball.Kaley Hennings singled both runners home, 11-8.
Rachel Friesner doubled and Morgan Damery singled Hennings home, 11-9. Mo Hunter put the ball in play and reached on an error, making it 10-9. A ground ball to Brandy Smith at short ended the game, as she made the peg across the diamond to Cloe at 1st.
Shelbyville 11, Central A&M 10
Shelby 220 304 0--11-15-4
A&M 120 111 4--10-9-1
Ram stats: Boone 3-for-5, 2 runs; Brachbill 3-for-4, 2B, BB, 3 runs, RBI; Williams 1-for-3, 2 BBs, 2 runs; Koontz 2-for-5, 2B, run, 2 RBIs; Fox 3-for-5, RBI (Riley 2 SBs, run); Cloe 1-for-3, 2 BBs, HR, run, 2 RBIs; Smith 1-for-5; Eigsti 0-for-3, BB; Holland 1-for-4, BB, 2B, run, RBI. Pitching (W) Boone 7 IP, 10 runs (5 ER), 9 hits, 5 BBs, 6 Ks.
A&M stats: T. Jordan 2-for-3, 2B, ROE, 2 BBs, 3 runs; Hennings 1-for-4, BB, run, 2 RBIs; Friesner 2-for-5, 2B, run; Damery 2-for-4, BB, RBI; Hunter 0-for-5, FC, ROE, run; Kresin 0-for-5; O. Jordan 2-for-3, BB, 2 runs; Gibson 0-for-4, 2 ROEs, run, RBI; Smith 1-for-3, BB, run. Pitching (L) O. Jordan 7 IP, 11 runs, 15 hits, 6 BBs, 4 Ks.