---- — CHARLESTON — Friday's Fourth Division tournament opener between Toledo Post 764 and Shelby County Post 289/611/725's Junior Legion teams came down to execution. While Toledo's effort was far from perfect, they made the routine plays while Shelby County committed five errors as Toledo downed Shelby 9-3.Only five of the nine Toledo runs were earned as Toledo routinely made Shelby pay for its mistakes. Shelby County took an early lead in the third inning when Derek Moschenrose scored on a Nic Hutchinson RBI single. The lead would be very short-lived, however. Matt Kingery tripled with one out after Moschenrose laid out for a fly ball unsuccessfully. He scored on a Holden Elwood ground ball that went right through third baseman Tristan Warner's legs. Elwood scored on a wild pitch a few batters later. Shelby County catcher Jacob Kramer made a late flip to home to try and get Elwood that trickled by pitcher Mark Jones, and with no one to field the ball, Zach Monroe came around to score easily and make it 3-0. "We have some good speed, and it happened to be we had some of our good speed guys in critical positions, they read the baseball well and scored," said acting coach Troy Elwood, who was filling in for Jim Talley. "It helped immensely."Shelby tried to answer in the fourth, as Jones had a two-out RBI single to cut the lead to 3-2.Toledo started putting hits together in the fourth, as Austin Light had an RBI single and Elwood laced an RBI double. With two on and two outs, T.J. Thomas hit a single to center that scored Elwood, and Devin Deremiah missed the rolling ball. The error allowed Monroe to score, making it 7-0. Logan Rankin scored in the fifth on an error by Josh Overbeck, and Thomas had an RBI double in the sixth to score Monroe. The runs were plenty for Monroe, who was sharp enough to keep Shelby County off balance all day. He struck out nine batters in a complete game, and pitched in and out of trouble all night. He struck out three straight batters in the second with runners in scoring position, and despite allowing a run in the seventh, he didn't allow a bases-loaded jam get to him in the final inning. "Zach really kept the ball on their hands where they couldn't get out and drive the baseball," Troy Elwood said. "He threw a lot of good strikes, stayed ahead in the counts a lot of (the time) and did a fantastic job."Thomas was 3-for-4 for Toledo with two RBIs, while Elwood and Austin each went 2-for-4 with an RBI on the night. Hutchinson had the best day for Shelby, going 2-for-4 with two RBI. Warner also went 2-for-4 and scored a run. Shelby County is now in the losers' bracket, and will face the loser of Mattoon Post 88's first team or Clark County at 1:30 p.m.. Toledo advances to face the winner of that game at 11:15 a.m. today after a promising start."We made several baserunning mistakes, I did not want the baserunning mistakes," Elwood said. "But overall, our goal is to score around seven or eight runs out there and try to hold the opposing team under that. We got there."
Shelby County 001 100 1 3 10 5Toledo 003 411 X 9 12 0WP - Monroe LP - Jones
Shelby County: Overbeck (1-4); Moschenrose (1-3, R, BB, SB); Hutchinson (2-4, 2 RBI); Ohnesorge (1-3); Warner (2-4, R); Deremiah (1-2); Jones (1-2, RBI); Kemper (1-1, 2B, R)Toledo: Rankin (1-3, 2 R, BB, 2 SB); Light (2-4, RBI, R); Kingery (1-2, 3B, R); Elwood (2-4, 2B, RBI, 2 R); Monroe (1-2, 3 R, 2 BB); Thomas (3-4, 2B, 2 RBI); Talley (1-3, BB); Kanizer (1-3, SB)