John Curtis Daily Union Sports Editor
Shelbyville Daily Union
---- — Shelby Legion returned home to Windsor on Sunday and held off Teutopolis to get a win in the opener, 4-2. But in game 2, a 6-run Teutopolis rally gave them the edge to force a split, 12-5.
In game 1, Shelby built a 4-run lead and then cut short a T’town 7th-inning comeback attempt.
Andrew Hawkins got Shelby going with a 2nd inning lead-off double. Neil Yockey followed with an RBI-single for the early lead, 1-0.
In the 4th, Christian Vonderheide drew a walk. Jake Keown doubled and put two men in scoring position. With one out, Hatfield smacked a 2-run double for a 3-0 Shelby lead.
In the bottom of the 5th, Yockey hit a lead-off double. He was sacrificed by Trevor Moore to 3rd. Mike Baker then drove Yockey in on a ground out, 4-0 Shelby.
Christian Vonderheide had held Teutopolis scoreless through the first six innings, striking out five and giving up just three hits and walking two. He was challenged in the 7th, but held on.
T’town got three hits and two walks in the 7th. They scored two runs. With two on and two out Vonderheide KO’d the last man on four pitches to clinch the win.
T’town 000 000 2--2-6-2
Shelby 010 210 x--4-8-1
Shelby stats: Vonderheide 1-for-3, BB, SB, run; Keown 1-for-4, 2B, run; Theis 1-for-4; Hatfield 2-for-3, 2B, HBP, 2 RBIs; Cole 0-for-2, BB, sacb; Hawkins 1-for-4, 2B, run; Yockey 2-for-2, BB, 2B, run, RBI; Moore 0-for-1, 2 sacb; Baker 0-for-1, 2 HBP. Pitching (W) Vonderheide 7 IP, 2 runs, 6 hits, 4 BBs, 7 Ks.
Ttown stats: Flach 0-for-4, 2 BBs; Will 1-for-4, RBI; Hardiek 0-for-3, BB; Probst 1-for-2; Mette 0-for-2; Kenter 0-for-3, BB; Gillispie 1-for-3, SB, run; Thoele 1-for-2; Bloemer 1-for-3; Ungrund 1-for-2, RBI; Borries run. Pitching (L) Probst 4 IP, 3 runs, 6 hits, 3 BBs, 1 K; Hardiek 2 IP, 1 run, 2 hits, 0 BBs, 0 Ks.
In game 1, Shelby had 17 men on base and and 12 in scoring position, but scored just four runs. That trend continued in game 2. Shelby pounded out 11 hits, but only scored five runs, while T’town also had 11 hits, but scored 12 runs.
A cadre of four Shelby pitchers gave out nine walks and hit five more batters, and commtted one error. Shelby had a total of 15 free passes while striking out just six batters. T’town gave up just three walks and hit three batters, with no errors for just six free passes. Shelby gave out nine more free passes in a 6-run loss.
Teutopolis got on the board in the 3rd thanks to a walk, a Tommy Flach double, another walk and a bases loaded hit batter, 1-0. Shelby answered in the bottom of the inning. Jake Keown led off with a single, Luke Htfield singled with one out, and Keown scored on a wild pitch, 1-1.
In the 4th, T’town broke out. Shelby Starter Mike Baker gave up a walk, two singles and hit a batter. He left trailing 2-1 with the bases loaded and one out. Trevor Moore gave up a 2-RBI single, then an RBI double. A sac fly drove in another run, 7-1 T’town.
T’town added a run in the 5th. Moore gave up three walks and hit a batter and was pulled, with the bases loaded and two outs, trailing 6-1. Hatfield came in and threw a walk forcing in a run, 8-1.
Shelby tried to gin up a comeback, scoring again in the 5th. Yockey led off with a single and, with one out, Gunner Theis doubled him home. Hatfield made it consecutive RBI doubles, scoring Theis, 8-3.
T’town matched that in the top of the 6th off a walk, a single, and a double, 10-3. They threw another handful of dirt on the Shelby grave in the top of the 7th. With one on, one out, Justin Kenter launched a 2-run homer, 12-3.
Shelby had a last gasp in the bottom of the 7th. Keown led off with a single, followed by a Theis single. Hatfield hit his second RBI double in a row. With one out, Andrew Hawkins sac-flied Theis across the plate to cap the score, 12-5.
Hatfield went 5-for-6 in the double dip, hitting three doubles, driving in four.
Teutopolis 12, Shelby Legion 5
T’town 001 612 2--12-11-0
Shelby 001 020 1--5-11-1
Shelby stats: Yockey 2-for 4, run; Keown 2-for-4, 2 runs; Theis 1-for-2, BB, 2B, run, RBI; Vonderheide 1-for-1, run; Hatfield 3-for-3, BB, 2-2Bs, 2 RBIs; Cole 0-for-4; Hawkins 0-for-3, sacf, RBI; Miller 0-for-3, HBP; White 1-for-2, HBP; Helton 1-for-2, BB. Pitching (L) Baker 3 1/3 IP, 5 runs, 4 hits, 3 BB, 3 Ks; Moore 1 1/3 IP, 3 runs, 2 hits, 3 BBs, 1 K; Hatfield 1 1/3 IP, 2 runs, 2 hits, 2 BBs, 1 K; Theis 1 IP, 2 runs, 3 hits, 1 BB, 1 K, HR.
T’town stats: Flach 1-for-2, 3 HBPs, run; Will 1-for-2 run, BB, 2 RBIs; Gillispie 0-for-1; Hardiek 2-for-3, BB, HBP, 2B, run, 2 RBIs; Probst 0-for-4, sacf, run, RBI; Kenter 1-for-3, HBP, BB, HR, 2 runs, 2 RBIs; Thoele 1-for-3, 2 BB, run; Hartke 3-for-4, BB, 2B, 2 runs, RBI; Borries 0-for-1, BB, run; Repking 0-for-3; Ungrund 2-for-3, BB, 2B, 2 runs, 2 RBIs. Pitching (W) Will 5 IP, 3 runs, 7 hits, 2 BBs, 1 K; Flach 2 IP, 2 runs, 4 hits, BB, K.