Big inning propels Shelby baseball over Chase
The Chase Trojans (2-16) probably wish they could just skip the fourth inning.
One game after Burns broke open a contest in the fourth frame, Shelby turned the same trick by sending 12 batters to the plate while scoring seven times as they handed Chase a 10-0 five-inning loss on senior night Monday.
The offensive explosion backed pitcher Jarren Byrd who fired a one-hitter and only faced two batters above the minimum in five innings.
“It’s the same thing that happened the other night,” said Chase coach Matt Tipton. “We had two outs in the fourth inning and give up a few hits and a couple errors and all of a sudden it’s 8-0. Take away the one inning and I think we played pretty well.”
After a quiet first inning, Shelby got on the board in the second. Cody Fitch led off with a triple down the right field line.
He later scored on a wild pitch by Chase pitcher Aaron Ballinger. The damage could have been worse had catcher Avery Hollars not picked off a Shelby runner of third on a failed squeeze play.
Meanwhile Byrd was dominant through the first three innings, striking out eight of the first nine Trojans he faced to leave the score 1-0.
Chase ran into trouble in the top of the fourth. Ballinger hit two batters in the frame and the visitors garnered five straight two out RBI hits.
An error made the score and after Ballinger plunked his third batter of the inning he was replaced by Robbie Evans. Evens finally put a lid on the inning by inducing a popup, but not before Shelby had sent 12 men to the plate.
Chase finally got their first base runner when Josh Epley rolled a one out single through the right, but Byrd struck out two in the inning to leave the score at 8-0.
The Golden Lions got two more runs in the fifth a RBI by David Seem and an error to account for the final margin of 10-0.
Chase did mange a base runner in their final at bat when Caleb Lancaster drew a walk but he was left stranded.
Chase will close out the 2013 season with two road contests, visiting Freedom on April 30 before facing East Rutherford on May 2.