Lessons add up from losses

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Shelbyville swept at Paducah event

By Josh Cook

It was an arduous but educational weekend for the Shelbyville American Legion Post 37 baseball team.

It lost all four of its games at the annual Polks Brooks Tournament in Paducah. Charleston (Mo.) topped Shelbyville, 5-1, Thursday before Mayfield Post 26 edged Post 37, 3-1, Friday. Then Saturday, Columbia (Tenn.) clobbered Shelbyville, 9-1, and Vero Beach (Fla.) beat Post 37, 9-4.

“I felt like the teams we played this weekend were better than we were,” Shelbyville Manager Jim Wiley said. “For one reason, most of those teams had played twenty-five games [already}. Number two, we saw some college pitching, which we haven’t seen much of.

“But that’s no excuse.”  


Charleston (Mo.) 5, Shelbyville 1

Brad Potts, a pitcher heading to Shawnee (Ill.) Community College, held Post 37 to three hits in a complete-game victory at St. Mary High School. “We didn’t hit him,” Wiley said.  

Dan Sanders absorbed the loss for Shelbyville, giving up five runs (four earned) on five hits while walking one and striking out two in 3 2/3 innings. Lance Shelton pitched the final 2 1/3 frames, allowing two hits and striking out one.  


Mayfield 3, Shelbyville 1

Graves County senior-to-be Justin Hayden held Post 37 to one run (in the second inning) on five hits to pick up the complete-game victory at St. Mary. “We didn’t hit again,” Wiley said.

Eddie Mathis, a senior-to-be at South Oldham, took the loss on the mound, giving up three runs (two earned) on five hits while walking two and striking out 10.

Will McDonald, a rising sophomore at Collins, led Shelbyville at the plate with a pair of singles.


Columbia (Tenn.) 9, Shelbyville 1

Timothy Barksdale, a left-handed pitcher, held Post 37 to a single run (in the seventh) and five hits, and his team backed him up with 13 hits in an overwhelming victory at Brooks Stadium.

“Possibly the best team in the country,” said Wiley, whose team committed four errors in defeat. “They started six guys going to college.”

Shelton absorbed the loss, yielding five runs (only two were earned) on six hits while walking one in two innings. David Decker and Sanders saw action in relief.


Vero Beach (Fla.) 6, Shelbyville 3

Post 37 out-hit Vero Beach, 8-6, but the Post 39 team plated one run in the third, three in the fourth and two in the fifth and rode a solid pitching performance by Reece Green.  

“We played a good ball game. We just ran up on another outstanding pitcher,” Wiley said.

Logan Bailey and Shelton led Shelbyville (4-8) with a pair of hits (both of Shelton’s were doubles).   

“We learned a lot,” Wiley said of the weekend. “I think we found out what we can focus on, and where we’re at, and I think we found out what it takes to get better. We will, but it’ll take time.

“I really felt like we played decent.…We left runners on in scoring position entirely too much and defensively we made a few errors, and in those one-run and two-run games you can’t make any mistakes.”

“As of right now we’re just not hitting that pitching they’re throwing at us. Going against it every game is tough, but you get better by doing that. Hopefully by the end of the month it will help us. Somewhere down the road I feel like we’ll hit it.”

Post 37 may have started Tuesday night, when it hosted Morehead in a preview of a first-round district tournament game, or could today, when it plays at Somerset at 5 p.m.

Shelbyville hosts Bowling Green at 1 p.m. Friday, then travels to Rockport, Ind. at 1 p.m. Sunday before beginning a three-home-games-in-three-days-stretch against Danville at 6 p.m. Tuesday.


Charleston (Mo.) 5, Shelbyville 1

At St. Mary High School

Shelbyville Post 37 000 100 0 – 1 3 1

Charleston (Mo.) 004 100 X – 5 7 1

Dan Sanders, Lance Shelton (4) and Nathan Conard. Brad Potts and Payne. W – Potts. L – Sanders. 2B – Drew Greenwood (S).


Mayfield 3, Shelbyville 1

At St. Mary

Shelbyville Post 37 010 000 0 – 1 5 2

Mayfield Post 26 201 000 X – 3 5 0

Eddie Mathis, David Decker (6) and Will McDonald. Hayden and Brannon. W – Hayden. L – Mathis. 2B – Buddy Johnson (S).


Columbia (Tenn.) 9, Shelbyville 1

At Brooks Stadium

Shelbyville 000 000 1 – 1 5 4

Columbia (Tenn.) 050 020 2 – 9 13 1

Shelton, Decker (3), Sanders (5) and McDonald. Barksdale and Daly. W – Barksdale. L – Shelton. 2B – Zac Wiley (S).


Vero Beach (Fla.) 6, Shelbyville 3

At Brooks Stadium

Vero Beach (Fla.) 001 320 0 – 6 6 1

Shelbyville 000 210 0 – 3 8 1

Green and Schulte. Wiley, Johnson (5) and Conard, McDonald (6). W – Green. L – Wiley. 2B – Logan Bailey (S), Shelton (S) 2. Record – Shelbyville Post 37 4-8.