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The Shelbyville American Legion Post 37 baseball team split two games with Bowling Green Monday and drilled Franklin County Tuesday to move to 14-7 on the season.
Head Coach Jim Wiley said he was a little disappointed with his team's effort against Bowling Green.
"We hit the ball very well in the second game, and really we hit the ball well enough to win both -- we should've won both, really."
Shelbyville lost 8-5 in the opener, but came back to win 10-3 in the second game.
With the first game tied at four after three, Bowling Green took the lead for good with a two-run fourth inning, and then tacked on runs in the fifth and sixth to push the lead to 8-4.
Post 37 tried to rally in the bottom of the seventh when Terence Shelburne's single scored Gregg Tingle. The hit was Shelburne's third of the game. But the rally fell short as Shelby left a runner on base.
Shelbyville had eight hits in the game, and had opportunities to score more, but it was the defense that Wiley was discouraged with.
"We had a couple of mistakes in the outfield that hurt us pretty bad, but Bowling Green is a pretty good team. They had some good pitchers, but five runs ought to be enough to win."
In the second game of the doubleheader, Shelbyville left nothing to doubt.
Shelbyville went up 2-0 in the first and never looked back, including exploding for a five-run fifth inning. Tingle led the way offensively, going 4-5 with three runs scored and an RBI. Craig Edwards and Lincoln Wagner each added two hits and two RBIs.
Jordan Burk got the win for Shelby, pitching a complete game while scattering six hits and allowing just three runs while striking out five.
Tuesday Shelbyville traveled to Franklin County to face the Frankfort Grizzlies and stayed hot, cruising to a 17-7 win.
With the score tied at 3 after three innings, Shelby jumped out with a four-run fourth that was highlighted by two-run home runs from Jordan Toby and Tingle.
Frankfort added a run in the bottom of the fourth, but after the top of the fifth the game was all but over. Shelbyville had five hits and took advantage of two Frankfort errors to score 10 runs.
Frankfort did add three runs in the bottom of the fifth, but it wasn't enough to keep the game from ending due to the 10-run rule.
Despite the lopsided win, Wiley said he wasn't pleased after the game.
"It was a 17-7 win, and I didn't think we played very good at all," he said. "We shouldn't have given up that many runs. We're scoring enough to win just about any game we play, but we're making some defensive mistakes that we shouldn't be making. And at times our pitching looks like it's there, but at times it looks like it has a long way to go. The pitching and defense have to be there, because if they're not any decent team can beat you."
Post 37 will travel to Evansville to face the Evansville Eugene Pate team in two nine-inning games, one Friday and one Saturday, with both games starting at 2 p.m.
"We're looking forward to going there because the competition is always top-notch and we get to play on a nice college field again (at the University of Evansville)," Wiley said.