John Curtis Daily Union Sports Editor
Shelbyville Daily Union
---- — Shelby Legion sputtered against Moultrie-Douglas on Saturday, but on Sunday Shelby exploded against Effingham in game 1, 10-0, then doubled them up in game 2, 6-3..
Shelby knocked out 11 hits and got runs in bunches, while Christian Vonderheide, who struck out nine in six innings and walked no one, and the Shelby defense held Effingham to just three hits in the Sunday shutout.
Vonderheide struck out two batters in the 1st, one in the 2nd, three in the 4th, two in the 5th, and one in the 6th.
Four Shelby batters had multiple hits led by Andrew Hawkins (SH). Hawkins went 3-for-4, scoring twice and driving in two runs. AJ Miller (CH) went 2-for-3, driving in two runs. Luke Hatfield (SH) was 2-for-3 with a double, scoring twice. Gunner Theis (SS) had the big hit, a 2-run home run in the 3rd and was 2-for-4, scoring three times.
Shelby County 10, Effingham 0
Ef’ham 000 000--0
Shelby 032 041--10
Shelby stats: Baker 0-for-4; Yockey 1-for-2, 2 BBs, SB, 2 runs; Theis 2-for-4, HR, 3 runs, 2 RBIs; Hatfield 2-for-3, BB, 2B, 2 runs; Hawkins 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs; Cole 1-for-1, HBP, BB, run, RBI; McConnell 0-for-1, 2 sacf, 2 RBIs; Miller 2-for-3, 2B, 2 RBIs; Moore 0-for-3, RBI. Pitching (W) Vonderheide 6 IP, 0 runs, 3 hits, 0 BBs, 9 Ks.
Andrew Hawkins took the hill in game 2, went six innings, striking out six, while allowing eight hits and two walks for three runs. Theis came on in the 7th to get the save. Effy scored a pair of runs with no outs and Theis faced three batters getting three outs, the last a K.
Vonderheide (2-for-2) got on base in the 1st and 3rd stole 2nd each time then scored off a Thies double and dropped 3rd strike, 2-0 Shelby.
Effingham made it a 1-run ball game in the 5th on a wild pitch, just before Shelby turned a 6-4-2 double play.
Pumped, Shelby responded in the bottom of the 5th with a 4-run rally. Theis walked, Hatfield singled, Neil Yockey singled, Trevor Moore singled and Mike Baker walked with just one out. Vonderheide singled, for the 5th hit of the inning and the 8th base runner in nine batters.
Shelby County 6, Effingham 3
Ef’ham 000 010 2--3-8
Shelby 101 040 x--6-9
Shelby stats: Vonderheide 2-for-2, 2 BBs, 2 SB, 2 runs, RBI; Keown 0-for-4; Theis 1-for-3, BB, 2B, run; Hatfield 1-for-4, run; Yockey 1-for-4, run; McConnell 1-for-2, 2B; Cole 1-for-2; Miller 0-for-2; Moore 1-for-2, run, RBI; White 1-for-2, HBP, RBI; Baker 0-for-2, BB. Pitching (W) Hawkins 6 IP, 3 runs, 8 hits, 2 BBs, 6 Ks; (S) Theis 1 IP, 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 BBs, 1 K.