John Curtis Sports Editor
Shelbyville Daily Union
---- — Shelbyville (17-2) stayed in a tie for 1st place in the conference (6-1), by beating Maroa and the rain on Thursday, 4-1.
The rain did come, but not until the Rams had a 4-1 lead through five innings. Shelby scored two out of the gate and then two more in the 3rd. Andrew Hawkins and the Ram defense didn't allow a run until the 4th.
Hawkins threw a 1-hitter in the rain-shortened game and ran his record to 8-1. He allowed one unearned run, walking two, and striking out three in 5 and 1/3 innings.
Shelbyville out-hit Maroa 6 to 1. Maroa's starter, Frank, gave out three free passes and both teams booted the ball four times. Hits, walks, and errors translated to 12 base runners for the Rams and just seven for Maroa.
Jake Keown led the Ram hitters from the #2 slot, going 3-for-4 and reaching base all four times. The first time he reached on an aerror and ended up scoring. The #4 hitter Nate Standerfer was 1-for-2 and a run and a run batted in, Eli Miller was 1-for-4 with a run and Garrett Manship was 1-for-3.
The Rams got two early, when Miller led off the game with a hit. Keown reached on an error and Miller scored on two passed balls. Luke Hatfield walked and Standerfer hit a sac fly to score Keown, 2-0.
In the 2nd, Maroa got a lead-off single, but Hawkins started a double play with a ball hit back to the mound. Neil Yockey turned it at 2nd and Standerfer snagged the throw to beat the batter at 1st. Maroa got the next man on with a dropped 3rd strike, but Keown ended the inning on a ground ball and a throw to 1st.
In the 3rd, Shelby doubled their lead. Standerfer led off with a single and Yockey walked. Another passed ball put Standerfer at 3rd. Hawkins grounded out, but scored Standerfer. Luke McConnell then hit a sac fly to center and Yockey tagged up and score, 4-0 Rams.
Maroa got their only run in the 4th getting a man on with a 1-out error. A 2-out error scored him. keown got a hit in the 4th, but was forced out, then a hit in the 6th, but was stranded. Maroa threatened in the 5th. Another error put a man on. Hawkins threw a strikeout, then gave up a walk. Two men were in scoring position, but a pop out to Keown and a ground ball to Yockey, short to 1st, ended the threat.
Rain ended the game after Maroa had to men on in the 6th with one out. One reached by error and the other by walk. Hawkins had a 0-2 count on the next batter, when the game was called.
Shelbyville is 17-2, overall, 6-1 in the OVC.
Shelbyville 4, Maroa 1
Shelby 202 00--4-6-4
Maroa 000 10--1-2-4
Ram stats: Miller 1-for-4, run; Keown 3-for-4, ROE, run; Hatfield 0-for-3, BB, FC, SB; Standerfer 1-for-2, sac, run, RBI; Yockey 0-for-2, BB, run; Hawkins 0-for-3, ROE, RBI; McConnell 0-for-2, ROE, sac, RBI; Manship 1-for-3, ROE; Peifer 0-for-2, BB. Pitching (W) Hawkins (8-1) 5.3 IP, 1 run (0 ER), 1 hits, 2 BB, 3 Ks.
Maroa stats: Zilz 1-for-2; Runyen 1-for-2. Pitching (L) Frank 5 IP, 4 runs (1 ER), 6 hits, 3 BBs, 1 K.