By MICHAEL CHILDERS, CJ Correspondent
Shelbyville Post 37 came into Wednesday evening’s match-up with the Somerset Post 38 Twins as the defending state champion.
That ‘defending state champion’ didn’t mean anything to the homestanding Twins, as they took down Shelbyville by a final tally of 8-1 on Wednesday night at Southwestern High School’s Warrior Stadium.
The Twins, who moved to 12-7 on the year with the seven-run victory over Shelbyville, jumped out to an 8-0 lead and never looked back. Shelbyville didn’t score their first run of the ballgame until the ninth and final inning.
Somerset jumped out to a 2-0 advantage in the third inning, paced off of a two-run home run from Charlie Dishman. Addison Thompson, who got aboard on a walk, would score the other run.
In the bottom half of the fifth frame, Thompson, who reached on a double, scored on a passed ball to put the Twins ahead, 3-0. The run would be Thompson’s second score of the evening.
The Twins plated four runs in the sixth inning to run their lead out to seven runs at 7-0. The biggest hit of the frame would belong to Jacob ‘Gomer’ Denney, who had a bases-clearing double. Denney would later score on a double from Thompson.
A double from Logan Starnes allowed Kenny Spear to tally the Twins’ eighth and final run of the ballgame. Shelbyville tallied their lone run of the game on a sacrifice from Nate Clifton.
Aaron Smith, who pitched the first three innings for the Twins, earned the victory. In three innings on the hill, Smith gave up a lone hit and had a strikeout.
Thompson led the charge for Somerset at the dish, as the lead-off batter had three hits on the night, including a double and an RBI. Trevor Howard chimed in with a pair of hits for the Twins.
Denney had a game-high three RBI’s, which came on his double in the sixth inning. Dishman wasn’t far behind with two RBI’s that he earned on his home run in the third frame.
SHE - 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 - 1 5 3
SOM - 0 0 2 0 1 4 0 1 X - 8 10 2
W - Smith (SOM)
L - Shelton (SHE)
2B - Thompson, Burchett, Starnes, Denney (SOM)
HR - Dishman (SOM)
RBI - Clifton (SHE); Denney 3, Dishman 2, Thompson, Starnes (SOM)