John Curtis Daily Union Sports Editor
Shelbyville Daily Union
---- — Prior to a return trip to Busch Stadium on Wednesday, the Rams took care of business against Meridian on Monday, 14-3, then against A&M on Tuesday, 8-0.
“Going to Busch Stadium was a good time,” said Ram coach Sam Mehl. We made sure everbody had a good experience and some playing time. It was a positive experience. We were there last year, but hadn't been there for a few years prior. We may take a few years off.”
The Rams played Metro-East Jerseyville, a team that goes to Busch every year and played their starters most of the game.
Sophomore Luke Duckett threw the win on Monday in a 4-square performance, going four innings, allowing on four hits and four walks, while striking out four. He allow three runs (2 earned). Senior Jake Keown threw the winner on Tuesday. He threw a 7-inning, 3-hit shutout, walking just two batters and striking out six.
Against Meridian, the Ram hit crew accumulated 17 hits, including five doubles, with back-to-back 6-run rallies. Eight Rams had multiple hits. Eli Miller was 3-for-4 with two doubles, three runs and two RBIs. He reached base all four times, including by error. Keown was 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI. Luke Hatfield was 2-for-2 with back-to-back doubles, a run and 2 RBIs.
Nate Standerfer was 2-for-3 with two runs and 2 RBIs.
Neil Yockey was 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI. Tyler Hendryx was 2-for-2 with a run and an RBI. Luke McConnell was 3-for-4 with a double, a run, and 3 RBIs.
Shelby scored six runs in the 2nd with four hits, two Meridian errors and a walk. They scored six runs again in the 3rd on six hits and an error.
Shelbyville 14, Meridian 3
Shelby 166 10--14-17-2
M'dian 000 30--3-5-3
Ram stats: Miller 3-for-4, 2-2Bs, ROE, SB, 3 runs, RBI (Eloe 0-for-1); Keown 2-for-3, ROE, 2 runs, RBI (Meyer 0-for-2); Hatfield 2-for-2, BB, 2-2B, run, 2 RBIs (Williams 0-for-1); Standerfer 2-for-3, sac, 2 runs, 2 RBIs; Yockey 2-for-4, ROE, 2 runs, RBI; Hawkins 0-for-1, , BB, FC, run (Hendryx 2-for-2, run, RBI; Manship 1-for-4, RBI; McConnell 3-for-4, 2B, run, 3 RBIs; Duckett 0-for-3, BB, FC, run. Pitching (W) Duckett (2-0) 4 IP, 3 run (2 ER), 4 hits, 4 BB, 4 K; McConnell 1 IP, 0 runs, 4 hits, 0 BB, K
M'dian stats: Riggen 2-for-3, 2B, run; Davis 1-for-3, SB, run; Hill 1-for-2; Brown 0-for-2, RBI; Doyle 1-for-2, SB, run, RBI. Pitching (L) Fornwalt 2 IP, 7 runs, 7 hits, 3 BB, K
At home on Tuesday, Shelby shut down Central A&M. Keown (4-0) remained perfect on the mound this season. He retired six Raiders by strikeout and two more on the field. He and the Ram defense never allowed more than one base runner in any inning and retired A&M in order in two of the innings.
Shelbyville slugger Luke Hatfield launched back-to-back home runs breaking open a close game in the 5th.
Shelby led 1-0 in the 5th, when Miller was hit by a pitch and Keown drew a walk. Hatfield then cranked a 3-run shot, 4-0 Rams. In the 6th, McConnell, Caleb Eloe, and Miller singled, loading the bases. With two outs, Hatfield hammered a grand slam for his 9th homer of the season and an 8-0 Ram lead.
A&M came to bat in the 7th. After a walk, a fly out to McConnell in left field, Keown's sixth strikeout and a ground out, Yockey to Standerfer ended the game.
A&M only had two players hit safely. Garner was 1-for-2 with a double and Daily Union Athlete of the Week Curtis Ramsey was 2-for-3 with a double. Garner took the loss, getting chased in the 6-run 2nd inning.
Shelbyville 8, Central A&M 0
A&M 000 000 0--0-3-1
Shelby 100 034 x—8-8-0
Ram stats: Miller 1-for-2, BB, HBP, 2 runs; Keown 0-for-2, 2 BB, 2 runs; Hatfield 2-for-3, 2 HR (3R, 4R), 2 runs, 7 RBIs; Standerfer 0-for-3,BB; Yockey 1-for-4, 2B; Hawkins 0-for-3; McConnell 2-for-3, run; Manship 0-for-2, HBP; Peifer 1-for-2 (Eloe 1-for-1, run). Pitching (W) Keown (4-0) 7 IP, 0 runs, 3 hits, 2 BB, 6 Ks.