John Curtis Daily Union Sports Editor
Shelbyville Daily Union
---- — Moulton softball was stuck on the number 15, either by feast or famine, until Saturday. They opened the season losing to Maroa, 15-2. Moulton then beat Ramsey in a flip-flop of fate, 15-3. On Thursday, fate flip-flopped again as Moulton lost to Clinton, 15-1. They finally got off the number 15 on Saturday, losing to Meridian, 11-1.
The Rams didn’t get much going offensively against Clinton. They only managed two hits and they didn’t come until the 5th inning with time running out.
Sydney Trainor and Savannah Marty had back-to-back hits to start the bottom of the 5th. A fielder’s choice a K and a ground out ended the game, but Marty was able to score and put Shelby on the board.
Four of the seven Clinton batters in the 1st reached base and three scored. Shelby went in order in the 1st. Three of six batters in the Clinton 2nd reached base and two scored for a 5-0 lead. Shelby went in order in the 2nd.
Shelby pitcher Kayla McCabe and the Ram defense was able to retire Clinton in order in the 3rd. The first two batters reached base, but were also out on the base paths. Shelby went in order again in the 3rd.
Clinton had six of eight batters reach base in the 4th. Four of them scored for a 9-0 lead. Shelby went in order in the 4th.
The first four batters in the Clinton 5th reached base. With one out three more reached base and six of the seven base runners scored for a 15-0 lead. That’s when Trainor and Marty tried to start a 5th inning Moulton rally, to no avail.
Clinton 15, Moulton 1
Clinton 320 46--15-12
Moulton 000 01--1-2
Ram stats: Trainor 1-for-2; Marty 1-for-2, run. Pitching (L) McCabe
On Saturday, Moulton managed seven hits, but could only get one run across, while Meridian put up back-to-back 5-run rallies in the 1st and 2nd to win by 10 in six innings, 11-1.
Down 10-0 in the 3rd, Savannah Marty and Sydney Trainor had consecutive hits. Blair Rodman walked and, with two outs, Maggie Furr reached on an error to get the Rams on the board.
They held off the 10-run loss through the 5th, but Meridian got the walk-off win on a bases-loaded walk.
Moulton 001 000--1
Meridian 550 011--11
Ram stats: Marty 1-for-3, run; Trainor 2-for-3, 2-2Bs; Rodman 1-for-2 1B, BB; Dunaway 1-for-3; Furr 0-for-2, ROE, BB; Perry 1-for-3; Fox 1-for-3; Logue 0-for-3. Pitching (L) McCabe
The previous Monday at Maroa was more of the same for Moulton in the 15-2 loss.
Shelby was held to just one hit from Savannah Marty, a triple in the 5th that led to the second of two Ram runs. Meanwhile, Maroa cranked out 12 hits, including two triples.
Hannah Kemp gave the Rams their only lead of the game in the top of the 1st. Kemp reached first on an error and stole 2nd. After Blair Rodman was out on a fielder’s choice and Trainor reached on an error, Kemp scored, 1-0.
Maroa answered with a 7-run 1st. Down 7-1, Moulton went in order in the 2nd. Maroa went up 8-1 in the 2nd and Shelby still went in order in the 3rd.
Maroa upped their lead to 10-1 in the 3rd, knocking on the door of a 10-run win. Shelby went in order again in the 4th and left the door open for the early dismissal.
With the door open, Maroa bolted through it for another five runs, leading 15-1. Shelby had one more at bat to keep the game alive. Marty livened things up with a triple and a run, but it was too little, too late.
Kayla McCabe took the loss for Shelby.
Maroa 15, Moulton 2
Moulton 100 01--2-1
Maroa 712 5x--15-12
Ram stats: Kemp 0-for-2, ROE, run; Marty 1-for-2, 3B, run. Pitching (L) McCabe
Shelbyville Moulton was to host Altamont on Monday, then go to St. Anthony Tuesday and Teutopolis on Thursday.