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Post 37 drills Frankfort

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Boys prep for busy next week

By Todd Martin

After a slow start, the Shelbyville American Legion Post 37 baseball team easily dispatched of Frankfort, 11-3, Tuesday.

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Trailing, 2-1, after three innings, Shelbyville finally woke up.

Tyler Tipton’s single scored Jordan Toby to tie the score in the fourth, and Shelby took the lead in fifth, when James Wright scored on Jared Clarkson’s single.

“We played pretty well,” Coach Jim Wiley said. “We made a couple mistakes early, but overall I thought we did all right.”

It was in the sixth that Shelbyville started to really heat up.

Holding a 3-2 lead, Shelby scored eight runs during its final three at-bats, including a five-run eighth.

“It seemed like about the sixth, everybody started hitting,” Wiley said.

Seven of the team’s 14 hits came in those final innings, including a bases-loaded triple from Ben Lady and a two-run homer from Justin McCarty.

“It’s contagious, and it seems to run through us,” Wiley said. “Once we get one guy started, they all hit.”

Lady, McCarty, Toby, Tipton and Wright each had two hits in the game, and Lady, McCarty and Dylan Grandon each came up with two RBIs.

Wiley also got plenty of work in for his pitching staff, using three pitchers in the game.

Shaun Fredrick threw the first three innings, striking out four while allowing one walk, four hits and just one earned run. Troy Spalding was the winning pitcher, throwing the middle four innings and allowing just two hits while striking out four and allowing no runs. Tyler Layton finished the final two innings and allowed just one hit while striking out two.

“I thought we got some good pitching, and it was good to get some guys work,” Wiley said. “We’re going to have a few days off here, so I wanted to get them in for some game work.”

Shelbyville will play a doubleheader tonight against Floyd County, Ind., before a rare holiday break.

Next week, though, Post 37 hits the ground running, playing a 5:30 p.m. doubleheader against Bowling Green at the University of Louisville on Tuesday followed by a 2:30 p.m. doubleheader Wednesday against Paducah at the University of Kentucky.