Post 37 routs Evansville Pate

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Shelbyville uses big inning for run-rule win

By Brian Stone

The Shelbyville Post 37 baseball team kicked off its first weekend of the season on a high note, using a big third inning explosion to run-rule Evansville Pate, Ind. 11-1 on Saturday afternoon.

Brett Pfaadt’s two-RBI single capped off the six-run effort in the third, allowing Shelby to take a five-run advantage, 6-1, after three frames.

The Shelby team used two singles and an error to get six runs across in the third inning, rebounding from down 1-0 early to pick up the win.

Pfaadt led all hitters with four RBIs on a 2-3 day at the plate, helping lift Post 37 to its first victory of the season.

On the mound, Caleb Collins built off of his stellar end to the high school season with another fantastic pitching performance, allowing just one hit and one earned run while striking out four in five innings of work.

Following the third inning, Post 37 plated three additional runs in the fourth frame and two in the fifth, handing Evansville the loss after just five innings.

“We were able to swing the bat pretty well and took advantage of some mistakes for a couple of runs,” Post 37 coach Matt Buresh said.

Other than Pfaadt, Shelby received two RBIs from John Henry Fowler and one run driven in by each of Caleb Collins and Michael Lonak to help build its massive lead.

Despite totaling just six hits as a team, Post 37 was able to float runs across home plate thanks to five defensive mistakes by the Indiana team and two wild pitches leading to runs.

Although Shelbyville seemingly had no problem scoring beginning in the third inning, the first two innings were without much excitement.

Post 265 scored its only run in the bottom of the second on a fielder’s choice double play, taking a 1-0 lead before Shelbyville’s offense snapped into action.

An RBI ground out by Lonak and a two-run double by Pfaadt in the fourth inning extended Post 37’s lead out to eight runs, 9-1.

Caleb Collins plated the 10th run of the game for his team by the closing of the fifth frame on a fielder’s choice and Pfaadt crossed home plate just two batters later on a wild pitch that allowed the Shelby team to come away with its first victory of the season.