Legion set for district tournament

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By Laura Clark

Shelbyville Post 37 came away with one win in the Western Kentucky University Tournament, but according to coach Jim Wiley, playing the best baseball of the year.

Shelbyville (11-9) was 1-3 on the weekend, beating Midland, Ohio and losing to Nashville and the Bowling Green Dirtbags (twice).

“We were in every game and had a chance to win the game but couldn’t stop their hitters,” Wiley said. “They were all good teams. I feel like we’re a better team than we were a week ago by playing that competition.”

Wiley said hitting and defense are good. Pitching is coming along, and every Shelbyville pitcher threw in at least one of the four games.

“We’re still looking for those other pitchers to come through,” he said. “All you look for out of pitchers is to keep the game close, not let it get out of hand.”

With Tuesday’s Frankfort game rained out, Shelbyville has three more games this week before heading into the district tournament at Danville Tuesday. They’ll face Man ‘O War at 5 p.m. in the first round.

“It’s going to be a question of ready we’re ready or not,” Wiley said. “Our main thing right now is to do our best to stay healthy.”

Joe Joe Simms, who usually plays second base, didn’t play this weekend after injuring his knee in the Paducah doubleheader July 8. Wiley expects him to return this week.

Shelbyville 5, Midland 4

Midland’s roster boasts seven players with Division I college scholarships, making them the toughest competition Shelbyville’s faced this season. Behind pitcher Kyle Cornett striking out 10, Shelbyville won, 5-4.

At bat, Nate Clifton was 2-for-2. Cornett scored one run and hit one run in. Jimmy Conway also had an RBI.

“I thought that was the best game we played in a long time – maybe the best game we played in the last year or two. Certainly the best team we played,” Wiley said. “It made our weekend to win that one.”

Nashville 11, Shelbyville 7

Scott Clemmons took the loss for Shelbyville against Nashville. Chris Toombs and Ben Glassner also pitched in the game. Tyler Tipton led at bat, going 2-for-3 with three RBIs.

“We still played well and hit the ball, but we couldn’t stop them,” Wiley said. “But seven runs should be enough.”

BG Dirtbags 8, Shelbyville 2

BG Dirtbags 18, Shelbyville 15

Saturday, Shelbyville was stumped by Bowling Green, who gave up five sporadic hits. Shelbyville pitched Troy Spaulding and Trey Bailey. Spaulding took the loss, giving up five runs on seven hits with three walks and three strikeouts.

“We were able to hit the ball and played pretty well. They were getting to our pitching,” Wiley said.

Sunday, Shelbyville lost a shootout with Bowling Green, 18-15. Bailey and James Wright pitched for Shelbyville. Bailey had five strikeouts in four innings.