Luke Hatfield then hammered a double and knocked the starting pitcher out of the game. The first five batters of the inning reached base and four scored. A ground out, a fielder’s choice and a K cooled the rally.
At the start of the 8th, it was a new game, 7-7. Lincoln won the final two innings and the game.
A Lincoln ground out in the 8th was followed by a single and a walk. A Lincoln 3-run blast goosed them into the lead, 10-7. The dam had broken. Three straight singles, scoring two more runs, were followed by a bunt and another single, capping the 5-run, 7-hit inning.
Aaron White came in to pitch in the midst of the 8th inning rally down 11-7. He gave up a bunt single and another hit, but got two of the outs in the 8th. He threw two strikeouts in the 9th and threw out the last batter from the mound, after giving up one run.
Shelby went in order in the 8th and 9th and just faded away.
Sr. Legion Playoffs
Lincoln Post 13, Shelby County 7
Lincoln 060 010 051--13-21-1
Shelby 003 000 400--7-9-4
Shelby stats: Vonderheide 1-for-5, run; Keown 1-for-3, 2 runs; Theis 1-for-5, run, 4 RBIs; Hatfield 1-for-4; Baker 2-for-4, run; Moore 0-for-1; Cole 1-for-3, run, 2 RBIs; Hawkins 0-for-4; Yockey 1-for-4; Hendryx 1-for-3, run. Pitching (L) Helton 7 1/3 IP, 9 runs 14 hits, 3 BBs, 3 Ks; Theis 0 IP, 3 runs, 4 hits, 0 BBs, 0 Ks; Aaron White 1 2/3 IP, 1 run, 3 hits, 0 BBs, 2 Ks.
Lincoln stats: Coggins 3-for-5; Sloan 2-for-5, run, RBI; Heindreder 1-for-5 run, RBIs; Madigan 2-for-6, 2 runs, 3 RBIs; Amberg 1-for-5, 2 runs; Meeker 2-for-6, run, 3 RBIs; Himmel 5-for-6, 3 runs, 2 RBIs; Hupp 3-for-6, 2 runs; Eimer 2-for-4, run, 3 RBIs. Pitching (W) Sloan 6 IP, 7 runs, 8 hits, 5 BBs, 3 Ks; Hupp 3 IP, 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 BBs, 3 Ks.