Shelbyville baseball (21-3, 10-1 Okaw) claimed the undisputed Okaw Valley Conference Championship on Saturday with a win over Tolono, 15-9. Shelby walloped Warrensburg on Friday and put themselves one win away from clinching the title with an 11-0 victory.
The Rams had a track meet in the morning, played Teutopolis at noon, then put their title shot on the line against Tolono in the afternoon. Dual sport athletes helped the track team early in the day, then reported top the diamond to get a look at Teutopolis, a possible sectional rival. The Rams measured T'town, while losing 10-2, in the non-conference match-up.
Then came the title shot against Tolono. Shelbyville played at home, but was the visiting team and they visited violence on Tolono in the early innings.
After Miller and Keown were walked to start the game, Hatfield singled in a run. Standerfer walked. Yockey reached on a fielder's choice, driving in a run. Hawkins hit an RBI-single and stole 2nd. McConnell grounded out, but drove in another run, 4-0.
In the 2nd, Miller walked again and Keown was hit by a pitch. Hatfield and Standerfer had back-to-back singles, sending Miller home. Keown scored on an error by the catcher, 6-0. Meanwhile, Eli Miller struck three batters in the 1st and two in the 2nd.
In the 3rd, the Rams broke out. With one out, Manship walked and Caleb Eloe singled. Miller moved the runners into scoring position on a 3-unassisted out. Keown was hit by a pitch for the 2nd inning in a row, loading the bases for the Ram home run hitter.
With the bases jammed and three grand slams already to his credit this season, "Hammering" Hatfield drove a 1-1 pitch to the deepest part of centerfield and over the fence for his fourth grand slam of the year, his 11th home run of the year and the 37th round trip of his career.
Up 10-0, Shelby still wasn't done. Standerfer reached on an error and Yockey walked. Hawkins smacked a 2-run double to go up 12-0.
Tolono started to climb out of the hole, but they were too far behind. They got two runs in the 3rd on an error, a single, a walk and an error. Still, Miller rang up three more batters. In the 4th, Miller rang up three more and threw out the other at 1st.
In the 5th, Miller threw two straight walks and took his bow with 10 Ks, just two hits, five walks and four runs. Caleb Eloe (2-0) came on in relief. He threw some walks, then Standerfer made a 3-unassisted play as a man scored. With two outs, Eloe KO'd the next man to get out of the inning, leading 12-5.
Shelby failed to score in the 6th and Tolono came back for more. A single and two Ram errors allowed two more runs, 12-7. The Rams finally got back in the scoring business in the 7th.
With one out, Hatfield walked and Standerfer singled. Yockey hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Hatfield. Hawkins singled and McConnell followed with a 2-run single. Manship and Eloe singled. Miller reached on an error and the Rams were up 15-7.
Tolono tried to ruin the Rams title hopes, but couldn't. In the bottom of the 7th, they started off with a double. Eloe answered by ringing up the next batter. An RBI-single and another Ram error made it 15-9. A fly out to center gave Tolono just one more out. A ground ball to Hawkins and his throw to 1st ended the game and clinched the undisputed conference title.
Shelbyville 15, Tolono 9
Shelby 426 000 4--15-13-5
Tolono 002 032 2--9-5-3
Ram stats: Miller 0-for-4, 2 BBs, ROE, 2 runs; Keown 0-for-3, BB, 2 HBP, FC, 3 runs; Hatfield 3-for-4, GS HR, BB, 3 runs, 5 RBIs; Standerfer 2-for-4, ROE, 2 runs, RBI; Yockey 0-for-3, sac, SB, 2 FC, 2 runs, 2 RBIs; Hawkins 3-for-5, 2B, SB, run, 3 RBIs; McConnell 2-for-5, run, 3 RBIs; Manship 1-for-4, BB, run; Eloe 2-for-3, 2 BBs, run. Pitching (W) Miller 4 1/3 IP, 4 runs, 2 hits, 5 BBs, 10 Ks; Eloe 2 2/3 IP, 5 runs, 3 hits, 3 BBs, 2 Ks.
Tolono stats: Snodgrass 1-for-5, run; Crouse 1-for-5, ROE, run; Negangarde 1-for-3, BB, ROE, 3 runs; Short 0-for-2, 2 BBs, ROE, run; Grace 0-for-2, 2 BBs, FC, run; White 1-for-3, 2B, BB, run, RBI; Gadbury 0-for-1, BB (#23 0-for-1, BB, RBI); Innes 1-for-4, FC, run, 2 RBIs; Torson 0-for-3 (#9 0-for-1, ROE). Pitching (L) White 2 2/3 IP, 12 runs, 7 hits, 6 BBs, 1 K; Snodgrass 3 1/3 IP, 0 runs, 1 hit, 2 BBs, 4 Ks; #9 1 IP, 4 runs, 5 hits, BB, 0 Ks.
Shelbyville notched their 20th win of the season on Friday, beating Warrensburg. Jake Keown managed six hits over five innings and walked just one, while striking out four and notched a perfect 5-0 record on the season.
Although the Rams out hit Warrensburg 11 to 6. Shelby also got 11 free passes (8 BBs, 3 HB) and Warrensburg booted the ball four times. Warrensburg got one walk and the Rams committed zero errors. Shelbyville had 26 base runners to Warrensburg's seven.
Shelby opened the game with a 3-run rally. Keown was hit by a pitch and with two outs, Nate Standerfer drove him in. Neil Yockey smacked a double and scored Standerfer. Still with two outs, Hawkins singled and Luke McConnell reached on an error for a 3-0 lead. Shelby held serve as Keown threw three strikeouts in the 1st inning.
The Rams then had back-to-back 2-run innings. In the 2nd, Eli Miller led off with a walk and stole 2nd and 3rd. Luke Hatfield walked and with two outs, Yockey reached on an error and two runs scored, 5-0. In the 3rd, Garrett Manship, got one of his two hits and Caleb Eloe reached on an error. With two outs, Keown and Hatfield singled. The Rams were up 7-0.
Shelby made it 8-0 in the 4th. Yockey drew a lead-off walk and Hawkins singled. A fielder's choice moved Yockey and Manship hit an RBI-single.
The Rams put the 10-run early dismissal in play in the top of the 5th with another 3-run rally to bookend their scoring and take the 11-0 lead. Hawkins worked a lead-off walk and McConnell smacked an RBI-double. Manship walked, Eloe walked, and Miller walked, forcing in a run. With one out, Hatfield was hit and forced in the final run.
Warrensburg finally pulled their starter once the cows got out of the barn. Warrensburg had one shot to extend the game in the bottom of the 5th, but Keown and the Ram defense made the shutout complete.
Shelbyville 11, Warrensburg 0
Shelby 322 13--11-11-0
W-L 000 00--0-6-5
Ram stats: Miller 0-for-3, 2 BBs, 2 SB, ROE, run, RBI; Keown 1-for-4, HBP, SB, run, RBI; Hatfield 1-for-2, HBP, BB, 2 runs; Standerfer 1-for-4, run, RBI; Yockey 1-for-3, BB, 2B, ROE, 2 runs, RBI; Hawkins 2-for-3, BB, run, RBI; McConnell 1-for-4, ROE, FC, 2B, run, RBI; Manship 2-for-2, HBP, BB,run, RBI; Eloe 0-for-2, ROE, BB, run. Pitching (W) Keown (5-0) 5 IP, 0 runs, 6 hits, 1 BB, 4 Ks.
W-L stats: Harder 1-for-3;Belcher 1-for-3; Duff 1-for-2; Shea 1-for-2; Haskell 1-for-2; Hopkins 1-for-2. Pitching (L) Kendrick 4 2/3 IP, 11 runs, 8 hits, 7 BBs, 1 K.
Teutopolis 10, Shelbyville 2
T'town 035 110 0--10-11-1
Shelby 100 010 0--2-3-2
Ram stats: Miller 1-for-2, SB, BB, run; Keown 0-for-2 (Yockey 0-for-1); STanderfer 0-for-2, HBP, sac, RBI; Hawkins 0-for-2 (Meyers 0-for-1); McConnell 1-for-3; Manship 0-for-2, BB; Peifer 0-for-3; Eloe 0-for-1 (Hatfield 0-for-1); Hendryx 1-for-1, BB, HR, run, RBI. Pitching (L) Duckett (2-1) 3 1/3 IP, 9 runs, 8 hits, 7 BBs, 2 Ks; Hendryx 3 2/3 IP, 1 run, 3 hits, 1 BB, 2 Ks.
T'town stats: Waldhoff 4-for-5, 3 HRs (2-3R, 1R), 3 runs, 7 RBIs; Chase 0-for-4 (#11 0-for-1); Wenthe 2-for-4, SB, run (#9 0-for-1); Pruemer 2-for-4, 2B; Probst 0-for-2, 2 BBs; Smith 0-for-1, 2 BBs, run (#21 BB); Hardiek 1-for-1, 2B, 2 BBs, 2 runs, 2 RBIs (#15 0-for-1); Will 1-for-3, FC, run (#26 0-for-1); Ungrund 1-for-2, BB, 2 runs (#23 0-for-1). Pitching (W) Wenthe 3 IP, 1 run, 1 hit, 3 BBs, 3 Ks; #23 7 IP, 1 run, 2 hits, 0 BBs, 3 Ks.