Post 37 stays hot, hammers Danville

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Shelby bangs out 13 hits in 11-6 win

By Josh Cook

There’s a fever running through the Shelbyville American Legion Post 37 baseball team, and the only prescription isn’t more cowbell, it’s more hitting.


Post 37 continued to swing a hot bat Tuesday night in its 11-6 victory over visiting Danville at Bobby Stratton Field in Clear Creek Park.

Two days after a 17-hit, 13-0 victory at Rockport, Ind., Shelbyville recorded 13 hits in its triumph over the Post 46 Mustangs.

“Hitting gets sort of contagious,” said Post 37 Manager Jim Wiley, whose team had been in a prolonged hitting slump before Sunday. “One guy does it, then another guy does it.

“I don’t know what turned the faucet on, but whatever did, it’s running.”

Shelbyville (7-9) got off and rolling against Danville, plating three runs in the bottom of the first inning and two in the third. Then, after the Mustangs trimmed Post 37’s lead to 5-4, Shelbyville scored one run in the fourth frame, four in the seventh and one in the eighth.

“We played real well,” Wiley said. “I’m really impressed with the way we hit it.”

Logan Bailey got things started with a one-out single in the first, Zac Wiley and Buddy Johnson were then walked before Dan Sanders delivered a two-run single.

Then in the third Sanders led off with a single before Lance Shelton doubled. Two batters later Shelton’s former Spencer County teammate, Nathan Conard, came through with a two-run double.

The Mustangs responded with four runs in the fourth off Shelbyville starter David Decker.

Post 37 answered immediately, though, thanks to Buddy Johnson’s RBI-double in the bottom of the inning.

Shelbyville scored four more times in the seventh, which was highlighted by two-run doubles from Paul Miller and Nate Clifton.  

That was more than enough offense for a trio of Post 37 pitchers – Decker, Johnson and Wiley.

Decker, the recent Collins graduate who has signed with Rend Lake (Ill.) College, picked up the victory. He gave up four earned runs on four hits while walking three and striking out three. Then Johnson, the recent Collins graduate who is headed to the University of Southern Indiana, gave up two earned runs on five hits while walking one and striking out six. Wiley pitched the final frame, striking out one.

Wiley, Sanders, Shelton and Miller led Post 37’s hit parade with two each.

Shelbyville, which hosted Floyd Central (Ind.) on Thursday night, will play three games in two days in Evansville, Ind. beginning with a Saturday doubleheader.

“We’ve got three big-time games coming up that we’ll need a few more of those hits for,” Wiley said.


Shelbyville 11, Danville 6

Danville Post 46  000 400 020 – 6 9 3

Shelbyville Post 37   302 100 41X – 11 13 1

Brandon Smither, Baxter (3), Nick Serey (5), Casey Whittle (8) and Ronnie Saylor, Lazar (5). David Decker, Buddy Johnson, Zac Wiley and Nathan Conard, Will McDonald (7). W – Decker. L – Smither. 2B – Nate Clifton (S), Johnson (S), Lance Shelton (S), Paul Miller (S), Conard (S). Record – Shelbyville Post 37 7-9.