John Curtis Daily Union Sports Editor
Shelbyville Daily Union
---- — The Shelbyville Lady Rams broke open a 1-1 ball game in the 3rd to leave a deflated Argenta team in the dust on Monday, 5-1.
AO's pitcher, Turner was getting the Rams to swing at balls out of the zone early and a wild pitch gave the Bombers a 1-0 lead that lasted for two innings. The Rams knotted the score in the 3rd, then flipped a switch for a 3-run rally in the 4th to get separation.
Argenta used small ball to get the early lead. They got a lead-off hit from Ulray, then had back-to-back sacrifices to get Ulray to 3rd with two outs. A wild pitch by Grace Moll allowed Ulray to score for the lead. Moll then rang up the batter, but was behind until the 3rd.
Turner pitched well and the Rams didn't have a good approach at the plate, not having a base runner until the 3rd.
AO got their first batter on again in the 2nd via being hit, but a fielder's choice and a sacrifice couldn't get the run home, before Moll rang up the last batter.
Moll gave up another hit and a walk in the 3rd, but Abbie Watton had a 3-unassisted play and Moll struck out two batters.
Finally, with one out in the 3rd, Lindsey Eigsti, the #8 batter, got a hit. The #9 batter, Courtney Williams blasted a pitch over the head of the center fielder for a double. Eigsti held up at 3rd, but Jensen Cloe followed with a sacrifice fly to left field, driving Eigsti home and tying the score, 1-1.
Withe the score tied in the 4th, Moll gunned down all three AO batters, two of them on three pitches and the other on a 3-2 pitch.
The Rams came to the plate and rattled the bats. Moll drew a lead-off walk and Boone blasted a ball at the 3rd baseman that she couldn't handle. Both runners were safe. Brandy Smith then launched a ball deep to left field that the backing fielder couldn't put away. Moll scored from 2nd, sliding in home to beat the tag, 2-1.
Turner was discouraged by the turn of events as control was wrested away. With one out, Rachel Fox walked and with two outs, Williams walked to force in Boone, 3-1. With the bases loaded and two outs, Cloe hit an RBI single, 4-1.
The Rams put Argenta away in order again in the 5th. Moll KO'd the first batter and walked the second. The runner tried to steal 2nd, but catcher Kayla Brachbill gunned her down as Boone put on the tag. Moll threw another K to end the AO at bat.
Moll led off the 5th getting on base again, with a single. She stole 2nd and collided with the shortstop, sending the ball rolling away. With two outs, Watton laced an RBI single, driving Moll across home, 5-1.
AO was retired in order again, with two moll strikeouts and Fox throwing out the other batter 3rd to 1st. Shelby kept tagging Turner in the 6th, but the center fielder was able to catch a pair of flies.
AO was down to their last at bat, but Moll was hummin'. One strikeout, two strikeouts, three strikeouts, game over.
Shelbyville 5, Argenta 1
AO 100 000 0--1-2-2
Shelby 001 310 x--5-5-0
Ram stats: Cloe 1-for-3, sac, 2 RBIs; Brachbill 0-for-3; Moll 1-for-2, SB, 2 runs; Boone 0-for-3, ROE, run; Smith 0-for-2, ROE; Watton 1-for-3, RBI; Fox 0-for-3, BB; Eigsti 1-for-3, run; Williams 1-for-2, BB, 2B, RBI. Pitching (W) Moll (9-1) 1 run, 2 hits, 2 BBs, HB, 14 Ks
AO stats: Ulray 1-for-3, run; Fleming 1-for-2, sac, SB; Stupek 0-for-2, BB, SB; Long 0-for-3; Miller 0-for-2, HBP; Meador 0-for-3, FC; Mullins 0-for-2, sac; Bryant 0-for-2; Manning 0-for-1, BB. Pitching (L) Turner 5 runs, 5 hits, 2 BBs, 9 Ks