John Curtis Daily Union Sports Editor
Shelbyville Daily Union
---- — It was a classic. It was the Agony and the Ecstasy, then the Agony, again. Then it was Great Expectations that just fell short. All in all, it was an Odyssey as Shelbyville Moulton softball lost to Altamont in the bottom of the 7th, 23-22.
Spectators should have taken dramamine before the roller coaster ride that took almost 3 hours on Monday at Forest Park.
Visiting Altamont scored four runs in a long first half-inning, sending ten players to the plate. That was the early agony. However, Moulton didn’t fold on the opening hand. They came for four runs of their own in the bottom of the 1st, sending nine batters to the dish. It was a new game in the 2nd inning, but it already felt like the 4th inning.
Shelby then hunkered down with Kayla McCabe on the mound and the Ram defense making plays. They held Altamont scoreless in the 2nd and 3rd. Then Shelby got offensive, tatooing the ball and the opposing pitcher, sending 10 batters to the plate and scoring six runs to go up 10-4. That was the ecstasy.
Altamont started to chip away in the 4th as the Ram defense cracked, cutting it to a 2-run lead, 10-8. Shelby got two runs back and led 12-8 at the start of the 5th. Altamont scored one run and seemed to be regaining their footing as the Rams let things slip.
In the top of the 6th down 12-9, Altamont started hitting the ball . They sent 14 batters to the plate and vaulted past Shelby with a 10-run rally. Shelby was down again, 19-12. That was the recurring agony.
In the bottom of the 6th, Shelby dug deep and responded. They sent 12 batters to the plate and had a 7-run rally to knot the score at 19-19. After starting the season 1-3 with some lopsided losses, Shelby had great expectations of going the distance and getting a hard fought win.
After all the dips, loop-the-loops, and turns, the game came down to the 7th inning. Altamont almost batted around again, taking a 4-run lead, 23-19. Shelby came to the plate having to get a triumphant rally.
The first two batters reached, then the Ram ironman pitcher, McCabe, launched a inside the park home run. Shelby was down 23-22 with no one out. With one out the Rams loaded the bases. On the very next pitch, a line drive was caught and the double play was made, pulling the rug out from under the Rams and ending the Odyssey, 23-22 Altamont.
Every Ram batter scored in the game, multiple times. Sydney Trainor, Jayde Fox, McCabe, and Savannah Marty scored three times, each. Hannah Kemp, Blair Rodman, Kendyll Dunaway, Maggie Furr, and Amber Rezinas scored two times, each. Trainor reached base all six times. Furr and Dunaway reached base five times. Rodman and Rezinas reached base four times.
While Altamont needed three pitchers to finish the game, Kayla McCabe went the distance for the Rams.
Moulton (1-4) moved on to play at St. Anthony on Tuesday and was to travel to Teutopolis on Thursday. They return home Monday and Tuesday to host St. Elmo/Brownstown, then Effingham.
Altamont 23, Moulton 22
Altamont 400 41(10) 4--23-17
Moulton 406 207 3--22-13
Ram stats: Kemp 2-for-5, 2B, BB, 2 runs, 2 RBIs; Rodman 4-for-6, 2B, 2 runs, 2 RBIs; Trainor 1-for-2, 4 BBs, ROE, 2B, 3 runs; Fox 0-for-4, 2 BBs, 2 FCs, 3 runs; McCabe 1-for-3, 2 HBP, HR, 3 runs, 3 RBIs; Marty 1-for-5, 2B, ROE, BB, 3 runs; Dunaway 2-for-3, 2 BBs, HBP, 2 runs, RBI; Furr 2-for-3, BB, 2 HBP, 2 runs, RBI; Rezinas 0-for-2, 2 BBs, 2 HBP, 2 runs. Pitching (L) McCabe 7 IP, 23 runs, 17 hits, 13 BBs, 6 Ks.