John Curtis Daily Union Sports Editor
Shelbyville Daily Union
---- — 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.
Shelby didn’t score for five innings in a row and went to the brink, still down 6-3 in the top of the 7th.
With two outs and facing a looming loss, Hayden Cole worked a walk. Baker reached on one of four St. A errors. AJ Miller singled and a balk sent Cole home, and advanced the other two runners.
A dropped third strike that would have ended the game, allowed Helton to reach 1st and Baker to score, cutting the St. A lead to 6-5. Trevor Moore hit 1-1 pitch for a single. Miller scored to tie the game, 6-6.
The 8th Shelby had four base runners, but couldn’t score. In the 9th St. A had two runners in scoring position, but they were stranded.
In the top of the 10th, Christian Vonderheide led off with a double and Neil Yockey singled. Gunner Theis walked to load the bases. However, two strikeouts in a row looked to squander yet another chance to tip the scales for a win.
With the bases loaded and two outs in the 10th, Baker came through again, this time with a 2-run double and Shelby’s first lead since the 1st, 8-6.
White faced the bottom of the order in the St. A 10th. The first batter flew out to Helton in right and the next two batters popped out to White to end the game.
Shelby Legion 8, St. Anthony 6 - 10 innings
Shelby 210 000 300 2--8-9-1
St. A 402 000 000 0--6-10-4
Shelby stats: Vonderheide 1-for-3, 2 BBs, 2B, run; Yockey 1-for-6, run; Theis 2-for-5, BB, run; Hatfield 1-for-4, BB, run, 2 RBIs; Cole 0-for-4, BB, run; Baker 2-for-5, 2B, SB, 2 runs, 2 RBIs; AJ Miller 1-for-4, BB, run; Helton 0-for-3, 2 BBs; Moore 1-for-4, BB, SB. Pitching (W) White 10 IP, 6 runs, 10 hits, 8 BBs, 4 Ks.
St. A stats: Having 1-for-5, SB, run; Lorenz 2-for-3, 2 BBs, SB, run; Williams 0-for-5; Hect 2-for-3, BB, 2B, 2 runs, RBI; Dasenbrock 1-for-5, SB, run, 2 RBIs; Ritz 1-for-4, BB, SB, run, RBI; Hoelscher 1-for-3, BB, SB, 2 RBIs; Grunloh 0-for-1; Gardewine 0-for-4, BB; Bourgouis 0-for-2; Gertner 2-for-3. Pitching (L) Gardewine 3 IP, 2 runs, 3 hits, 6 BBs, 4 Ks; (Starter) Hect 7 IP, 7 IP, 6 runs, 6 hits, 6 BBs, 10 Ks HR.
In game 1, St. Anthony had a 4-run rally to give them an early lead that didn’t last. In game 2, St. Anthony had a 4-run burst in the 5th that gave them the win.
Shelby drew first blood in the 2nd with a solo homer run by Hayden Cole, then had their own 3-run rally in the 3rd. Vonderheide led off with a single, Yockey singled. With one out, Hammering Hatfield homered again, a 3-run shot for a 4-0 Shelby lead.
St. Anthony got on the board in the bottom of the 3rd with a Martelli single, a hit batter, then a 2-out Hect single, 4-1. That run would be all-important.
Shelby was shutout in the 4th and 5th, but St. Anthony had their rally and claimed the lead.
With one out, an error let a man on base. Jared Having and Neil Williams both singled, 4-2. Hect donned his superman cape and jacked a 2-run double to knot the game, 4-4. Braden Pucket followed with an RBI double that would stand up as the game-winning hit, 5-4.
Alex Hoelscher retired Shelby in order the last three innings for the win. Hoelscher went the distance, striking out nine in seven innings, walking just two and giving up five hits.
Ben Helton took the loss, but also went the distance, striking out eight and walking no one. He hit one batter and gave up eight hits.
St. Anthony 5, Shelby Legion 4
Shelby 013 000 0--4-5-1
St. A 001 040 x--5-8-0
Shelby stats: Vonderheide 1-for-4, run; Yockey 2-for-3, run, RBI; Theis 0-for-2, BB; Hatfield 1-for-3, HR, run, 2 RBIs; Cole 1-for-3, HR, run, RBI; Baker 0-for-2, HBP; Miller 0-for-2, BB; White 0-for-1; Helton 0-for-2; Moore 0-for-3. Pitching (L) Helton 6 IP, 5 runs, 8 hits, 0 BBs, 8 Ks.
St A stats: Having 1-for-3, run; Williams 2-for-3, run, RBI; Hect 2-for-3, 2B, run, 3 RBIs; Pucket 2-for-3, RBI; Rentfrow 0-for-3; Grunloh 0-for-3; Clausills 0-for-3; Martelli 1-for-3, run; Stephens 0-for-2, HBP, run. Pitching (W) Hoelscher 7 IP, 4 runs, 5 hits, 2 BBs, 9 Ks.