WINDSOR —In what was originally scheduled as a nine-inning affair, Teutopolis Junior Legion Post 924 threatened to end the game early against host Shelby County Posts 289/611/725, jumping out to an 11-4 lead through four and a half innings.
As it turned out, the game would indeed be called prematurely, after only seven frames, but it was the home team that wound up celebrating. Shelby County scored five runs in the fifth to creep within two, then blew the lid clear off with a 12-run seventh inning to close 17 unanswered runs and a shocking 21-11 comeback victory.
"We haven't been aggressive all year at the plate," Shelby County coach Jim Hutchinson said. "Finally, they decided to get aggressive tonight."
Shelby County sprayed the field for ten hits in the final three innings, four of which were doubles. Five players closed with multi-RBI games for Hutchinson's squad, led by Derek Moschenrose's (Windsor/Stew-Stras) four-RBI effort off two singles and a double.
"They're perennially a good team," Hutchinson said of Teutopolis, "so everybody got geared up for it."
The comeback started in the fifth, when Shelby County first climbed out of a steep, seven-run hole with an impressive two-out rally. Josh Overbeck (Windsor/Stew-Stras) led off the scoring with his RBI double up the middle, and Mark Jones (Windsor/Stew-Stras) plated two more with his single to center. Following a double from Tyler Hendryx (Shelbyville), Moschenrose made it four consecutive hits for Shelby County on a two-RBI single to right center to cut the lead to 11-9."
Everybody pitched in and did their jobs," Hutchinson said.
Despite the big inning, Shelby County still trailed by two.
That was until the seventh, when 12 Shelby County runners touched home plate in a monstrous inning. Moschenrose had both an RBI single and RBI double in the deciding frame, Nic Hutchinson (Windsor/Stew-Stras) hit a sacrifice fly, Devon Deremiah scored two on a single and Trevor Easton connected on an RBI shot to right field to assist the offensive barrage.