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Post 37 pitching starting to come around

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By Todd Martin

Shelbyville American Legion manager Jim Wiley still isn't sold on his team's pitching, but after wining two out of three over the weekend, Wiley did something he hasn't done all year: compliment the pitchers for three straight solid games.

"I don't know if we have it figured out or not, but we got three really solid games from our pitchers," he said. "We played three pretty decent teams and got good pitching against all of them."

Shelbyville closed out the weekend with a 5-2 win at Owensboro.

The game was shortened due to the weather, but six innings was plenty to count the game.

"It was probably the best game we've played all year," Wiley said. "I told Jordan Burk after the game that it was his best pitching performance since the state tournament last year."

Burk allowed just five hits and two runs while striking out seven through five innings of work.

Gregg Tingle led off the game with a home run, putting Shelbyville up right from the start.

Both of Owensboro's runs came in the bottom of the second, but Post 37 tied the game at 2 in the third when Craig Edwards scored on Lincoln Wagner's double.

Shelbyville then took the lead with a three-run fourth. Terence Shelburne came around to score on an Owensboro error, and Wagner followed with a two-run single.

"All in all it was a good weekend," Wiley said. "We cut down on our mistakes and everybody played well."

On Saturday, Shelbyville again ripped into Rockport, Ind., this time winning 13-3 on the road.

Jared Clarkson returned to fulltime duty in centerfield for Shelbyville, and in just his second game back ripped a solo home run in the top of the second.

In all Shelbyville had 17 hits in the game, including three apiece from Burk, Wagner and Coty Minnis.

Lucas Harris got the win for Shelbyville, scattering five hits and allowing one run through six innings. Jordan Toby picked up the save allowing two hits and two runs over the final two innings.

The one blemish on Shelbyville's record over the weekend came in a 4-3 loss at Dubois, Ind., on Friday.

Shelbyville led nearly the whole game, up 3-0 going into the bottom of the seventh.

However, Dubois scored four runs in the seventh, including a two-run home run.

Paducah tournament

Post 37 will travel to Paducah this weekend for what Wiley said is a traditionally tough tournament.

Shelbyville will face Macon, Ga., on Thursday at 2 p.m. and Scott County, Mo., at 11 a.m. and Manchester, Mo., at 8 p.m. on Friday.

The top teams will then advance to the quarterfinals and/or consolation round on Saturday. The championship will be at Sunday at 1 p.m.

"If we come out of Paducah looking good, that will help us a lot," Wiley said.