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The Shelbyville American Legion Post 37 baseball team beat Danville, 10-4, Tuesday in the first round of the state tournament at Paducah.
“We played probably the best game we’ve played all year,” Shelbyville Coach Jim Wiley said.
Post 37 played Metcalfe County on Thursday afternoon in the winners’ bracket semifinal of the double-elimination tournament at Brooks Stadium. If Shelbyville won that game, it would play at 4:30 p.m. CDT today in the winners’bracket final. If Post 37 lost Thursday afternoon, it would play at 10 this morning.
“Now you’ve got to put some wins back to back,” Wiley said Thursday morning.
Shelbyville split with Danville during the regular season – losing, 8-7, June 20 in Boyle County before returning the favor, 5-2, in a rain-shortened game June 18 at Clear Creek Park – but Post 37 took the rubber match.
Shelbyville got strong pitching performances from Chris Cervantes and Jordan Bailey. Cervantes, a recent Collins graduate and Eastern Kentucky University signee, tossed the first seven innings, and Bailey closed out the game.
“Chris pitched outstanding,” Wiley said.
Cervantes and Bailey also got plenty of support at the plate.
“Everybody hit the ball,” Wiley said. “And like I’ve said all year, hitting is sort of contagious. Once one person starts hitting, they all do.”
BOYS’ GOLF: Collins places 12th
The Titans finished 12th in their season-opening event – the Flyer Classic. Twenty-three teams competed for 36 holes Monday and Tuesday at Canewood Golf Course in Georgetown and Griffin Gate Golf Course in Lexington. St. Xavier won by 34 strokes.
“We struggled the first day,” Collins Coach Mike Griffin said. “First-event jitters and a course full of blind shots didn’t help. On a positive note, we had all five players shoot in the eighties. As for the second day, we had all five players in the seventies, and two players played real well.”
Junior Michael Atkins shot a 74 Tuesday and finished 40th overall, and classmate Brandon Sanner carded a 76.
“Each had one bad hole with at least an eight. Remove that from their score, and they went low in a very competitive event,” Griffin said.
On Thursday, the Titans played in the Bath County Invitational, in which they finished second in last year, and they will play in Shelby County’s Rocket Invitational on Monday at Weissinger Hills.