Rest works for Post 37 at Rockport

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Team struggles against Somerset, gets time off and pounds Rockport

By Josh Cook

In 30-some years of coaching American Legion baseball, Jim Wiley has rarely seen an about-face like he did in the past week.

Four days after his Shelbyville Post 37 squad mustered only three hits in an 8-1 loss at Somerset it pounded out a season-high 17 hits in a 13-0 rout of host Rockport, Ind. on Sunday.

“One of the biggest turnarounds I’ve had a chance to see in some time,” Wiley said.


Somerset 8, Shelbyville 1

Four Post 38 pitchers combined to hold Post 37 to one run on a trio of singles.

The host Twins, meanwhile, tallied two runs in the third, one in the fifth, four in the sixth and one in the eighth.

Post 37 picked up one run in the ninth on Nate Clifton's RBI-ground out.

“We played hard, we just didn’t hit,” Wiley said. “Three hits is not going to beat anybody.”

Recent Spencer County graduate Lance Shelton absorbed the loss on the mound for Shelbyville.


Shelbyville 13, Rockport, Ind. 0

After having the day off for the 4th of July, then having its scheduled game against Bowling Green rained out on Friday, followed by another off day Saturday, Post 37 produced “probably the best game we’ve played so far this season,” Wiley said.

Post 37 smashed 17 hits and scored a baker’s dozen worth of runs – also a season-high. Shelbyville scored three in the first inning, one in the fourth, two in the seventh, three in the eighth and four in the ninth.

“Everybody played extremely well,” Wiley said. 

Zac Wiley led the way at the plate. The rising senior at Collins went 3-for-5 with a pair of triples and three runs scored. Logan Bailey, Buddy Johnson, Will McDonald and Drew Greenwood added two hits apiece for Shelbyville. Johnson’s two-run home run, which followed Wiley’s first triple, highlighted Post 37’s eighth frame.

“The rain didn’t hurt us,” Wiley joked. “We didn’t do anything for four days then go to Rockport, Indiana, which is a very difficult place to play, against a very good team, we go down there, nobody has had a bat in their hands for four days, and everybody came out and hit.

“Baseball is a game where you can be extremely bad one day and the next day be extremely good.”

Post 37 provided more than enough offense for its pitchers. Dan Sanders picked up the victory on the mound. The recent Collins graduate gave up four hits while walking four and striking out four in 5 1/3 innings.

Eddie Mathis, a senior-to-be at South Oldham, was solid in relief of Sanders. The lefty gave up one hit while walking three and striking out four.

“Both pitchers, Sanders and Mathis, threw well,” Wiley said.

Post 37 (6-9) hosted Danville on Tuesday night, the first of three home games in three days. Shelbyville is scheduled to host Scott County at 6 p.m. tonight and Floyd Central, Ind. at 6 p.m. Thursday night.

“I hope that whatever we did Sunday we can continue to do, even a little bit of it, then we can continue to turn things around,” Wiley said.

After its home stand Shelbyville is scheduled to play three games in two days in Evansville, Ind. beginning Saturday afternoon.

“It’s a big week,” Wiley said.


Somerset 8, Shelbyville 1

Shelbyville Post 37  000 000 001 – 1 3 2

Somerset Post 38 Twins  002 014 01X – 8 9 3

Lance Shelton, David Decker (6) and Nathan Conard, Will McDonald (6). Aaron Smith, Charlie Dishman (4), Trevor Howard (7), Wyatt Burton (9) and Logan Starnes. W – Smith. L – Shelton.


Shelbyville 13, Rockport, Ind. 0

Shelbyville Post 37 300 100 234 – 13 17 0

Rockport, Ind.  000 000 000 – 0 5 3

Dan Sanders, Eddie Mathis (6) and McDonald, Conard (6). Patrick McBride, Ryan Wilkinson and Nathan Kuester, Miller. W – Sanders. L – McBride. 2B – Nate Clifton (S). 3B – Zac Wiley (S). HR – Buddy Johnson (S). Record – Shelbyville Post 37 6-9.