SHELBYVILLE, IL. —
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.