JOHN CURTIS - Daily Union Sports Editor
Shelbyville Daily Union
SHELBYVILLE, IL. —
Shelbyville (13-1) left 13 runners on base on Thursday, but it didn't matter. Jake Keown and the Ram defense shut out Pana and came away with a 3-0 victory.
The Rams couldn't pull the rigger on a big rally in this game. They left the bases loaded in the 1st, a man in scoring position in the 2nd, and the bases loaded in the 3rd. They left a man on 3rd in the 4th, two men on in the 5th, and the bases loaded in the 7th.
Pana had a shot an early lead, when Metzger doubled with one out in the 1st and Zahradka singled. But Luke McConnell had a good throw in and Nate Standerfer threw to get Metzger hung up. Neil Yockey threw to the catcher, Garrett Manship, for the out.
In the 2nd Trexler led off with a single, but Keown picked him off and the Rams retired the next two men in order on a fly ball to McConnell and a pop up to Manship.
Finally, in the 3rd the Rams got a run in. With one out Luke Hatfield walked and Standerfer singled. Yockey singled to load the bases again. Hawkins and Manship drew back-to-back walks and Shelby was up 2-0. Despite having the bases still loaded with just one out, a pop out and a K, short-circuited the possible rally.
In the 3rd, McConnell caught another fly ball, but Winter reached on an error. Lett walked, but Yockey made an unassisted play to get Lett and threw to Standerfer to get the batter at 1st.
Eli Miller led off the 4th with a single and was sacrificed by Keown. On 3rd with just one out, Miller was stranded. Keown got two Pana hitters to pop up in the 4th and rang up the other, for Keown's first strikeout of the game.
Yockey and Hawkins had consecutive singles to start the Ram 5th. But, a K and a fielder's choice mitigated the chance to score. a ground out to the pitcher left two more on. Keown and the Rams retired Pana in order in the 5th. Miller caught a fly and Keown threw a batter out on a comebacker to the mound. He then rang up his second victim.
Clinging to a 2-0 lead and playing solid defense, the Rams were able to pick up an insurance run in the 6th. Miller led off with a single and went to 2nd and 3rd on passed balls. With one out, Hatfield launched a ball to center field for a sacrifice fly as Miller tagged and raced home, 3-0.
Keown and the Rams put Pana down in order again in the 6th. Keown threw out another batter, Hatfield squeezed a fly ball and Hawkins made the long throw across the diamond to get the other batter, 3rd to 1st.
A walka, a fielder's choice, another walk and an error loaded the bases with just one out in the Ram 7th. But again, a pop up and a ground ball to the mound, kept the Rams within reach as Pana came to the plate in the 7th, down, 3-0.
Keown rang up the first batter, but gave up consecutive singles. Pana looked to make a last ditch effort. However, Hawkins made an unassisted play at 3rd and Keown KO'd the next batter to make the Rams 13-1 and keep Keown undefeated (3-0).
Yockey and Miller led the Ram hitters. Yockey was 2-for-2, reaching base all four times with a couple walks. Miller was 2-for-5, scoring a run. Hatfield was 1-for-2 with a double, a run, and an RBI.
Shelbyville (13-1) was to play host to Monticello on Friday.
Shelbyville 3, Pana 0
Shelby 002 001 0--3-7-1
Pana 000 000 0--0-6-1
Ram stats: Miller 2-for-5, run; Keown 0-for-2, BB, sac; Hatfield 1-for-2, BB, sac, 2B, run, RBI;Standerfer 1-for-4, run; Yockey 2-for-2, 2 BBs; Hawkins 1-for-3, BB, FC, RBI; Manship 0-for-2, 2 BBs, RBI; McConnell 0-for-4, FC, ROE; Peifer 0-for-1 (Duckett 0-for-1) (Hendryx 0-for-1). Pitching (W) Keown (3-0) 7 IP, 0 runs, 6 hits, BB, 4 Ks.
Pana stats: Lett 0-for-2, BB; Metzger 1-for-3, 2B; Kirk 1-for-3; Trexler 2-for-3; Spencer 1-for-3; Clark 0-for-3, FC; Zahradka 0-for-3; Winter 0-for-2, ROE. Pitching (L) Spencer 2 1/3 IP, 2 runs, 2 hits, 3 Ks.