Cary Cole is ready for the errors to vanish.
“I don’t think we have had one (error-free game) yet this season,” said the Shelby County coach.
He’ll just have to be happy with the win instead as Shelby County Posts 289/611/725 needed just three runs in the first inning to hold off Charleston Post 93 in a 3-2 win at Baker Field to improve the team to 8-16 on the season.
“I’m happy with the win,” said Cole. “I’m ready for an error-less ball game. We had one this game. Hopefully, it can be this next game. We are playing a little bit better.
“The defense is paying better. Our hitting is coming around. We need it for a whole game.”
Christian Vonderheide led off with a bang by hitting a double to the gap. He scored after Tyler Romack hit a line drive to center. A failed dive by Colin McInerney in center allowed the ball to roll to the backstop and Romack turned it into a triple.
Hayden Cole followed with a RBI single. A wild pitch moved Cole to second, and he scored after a Charleston error.
“We scored early, but didn’t do too much after that,” Cary Cole said. “That is what is disappointing. We did not have the best at bats. We kind of coasted after the first inning, but I will take the ‘W.’”
Take away that first inning, and Jonah Moore, an incoming senior at Charleston High School, had a quality start for Post 93.
The three runs scored in the first inning was a blemish, but Moore really settled in for Charleston. After escaping the inning, Moore retired 10 straight before a walk allowed to Blake Probst ruined the streak. Moore also evaded trouble in the fifth inning when two walks set up runners on the corners, but Moore was able to put out Tyler Romack on a groundout.
Moore went the distance in the complete game, allowing no hits after the first inning.
On the flip side, Dylan Ohnesorge kept Post 93 on its toes with five strong innings to start the game. After a single to Devon Carver in the first inning, Ohnesorge retired nine straight Charleston batters. He left the game with just one hit allowed before being pulled for Vonderheide.
The relief stint for Vonderheide didn’t go as planned as Post 93 pulled themselves back into the game with two runs in the sixth inning.
Carver led off with a single and was moved to third with a Bryson Sheppard double. Blaine Crews picked up a hit when his pop up was lost in the sun to score Carver and move Sheppard to third and Crews to second. After a strikeout by Justin Wilson, Kyle Swingler was able to notch an RBI fielder’s choice.
“Christian was going to throw in this game for a couple innings and he knew that coming in,” Cole said. “He wasn’t able to get his regular warmup routine in. Dylan was throwing the ball really well, but he was at 70 pitches. He didn’t struggle the whole game, but you could tell he wasn’t locating well.”
Vonderheide regained his all-state form with a perfect seventh inning to shut down Charleston which included two strikeouts. The loss dropped Charleston to 4-11 and the team continues to push through growing pains and the stresses of battling enough players for ball games.
The second game of the doubleheader was not in as of press time.
Shelby County Posts 300 000 0 3 3 1
Charleston Post 93 000 002 0 2 3 1
WP - Ohnesorge (5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 K, 3 BB) LP - Moore (7 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 K, 3 BB)
Shelby County: Vonderheide (1-3, 2B, R); Monroe (0-2, BB); Romack (1-3, 3B, RBI, R); Cole (1-3, RBI, R); McConnell (0-2, BB); Probst (0-2, BB)
Charleston: Carver (2-3, R); Sheppard (1-3, 2B, R); Swingler (0-3, RBI); Wilson (0-2, BB); Crews (0-2, BB); Getche (0-2, BB, SB)