After a string of victories, Shelby County Legion lost the second game of a doubleheader on Saturday at St. Anthony and settled for a split, winning, 8-6 in 10 innings, before losing, 5-4.
Game 1 was excruciatingly slow, dealing with rain, 20 walks, 19 hits, over 10 innings. Finally, Shelby, which tied the game in the top of the 7th with a 3-run rally, conspiring with St. Anthony miscues. Shelby scored a pair of runs in the top of the 10th to bring the marathon to a close, 8-6.
Aaron White went all 10 innings for the Shelby win. White struck out 4, walked eight, gave up 10 hits, and six runs. White was good late. After giving up all six of the St. Anthony runs in the first three innings, White shut out the home team for the next seven innings to gut out the win.
Ben Hect, the St. A starter went seven innings, with 10 strikeouts, six walks and six hits, but gave up the 3-run, game-tying rally and was pulled. Zack Gardewine came in and took the loss, striking out four in three innings, while walking six.
Luke Hatfield had back-to-back grand slams, three home runs total and nine RBIs in one game, recently. He gave Shelby a quick lead with a 2-run home run in the 1st, after Gunner Theis singled.
However, St. Anthony answered with a 4-run rally in the bottom of the inning. Consecutive singles in the 1st was followed by a Hect 1-out, RBI double. A ground out RBI and a 2-run single, made it 4-2 St. Anthony.
Shelby cut the deficit to one in the 2nd on nifty running. Mike Baker singled and Ben Helton walked. Trevor Moore hit into a fielder’s choice, forcing out Helton at 2nd, but Baker stole home, 4-3 St. A.
In the 3rd, St. Anthony extended their lead. Hect hit his second doubled in a row and Eli Dasenbrock and Neil Ritz had back-to-back RBI-singles, 6-3.