DRAFFENVILLE – Shelbyville (Tenn.) Post 23 lost its first two games, but rallied to win three straight, including a 3-2, extra-inning triumph over Mayfield Post 26, to win the championship of the William A. Doyle Post 236 Senior Legion Tournament Sunday at Mike Miller Park.
The host team, Calvert City’s Post 236 team, won two and lost two in the tourney, falling to Shelbyville 12-3 in a semifinal matchup on Sunday.
Post 236 fell in the tourney opener on Thursday to Mayfield by an 8-1 score, but bounced back to defeat Shelbyville 3-1 on Friday morning.
The Calvert team won its second straight game, defeating Lyon County Post 68 6-3 in the first game of Sunday’s session.
Mayfield’s undefeated run through the tourney ended with the extra-inning run by Shelbyville that gave them the tourney title. Earlier, Post 26 beat Shelbyville 5-3 on Friday and recorded two wins over Lyon County, 7-3 on Saturday and 10-0 on Sunday.
The tournament provided the home opener for coach Billy Hodge’s Post 236 team, which traveled to Cape Girardeau, Mo., on June 11 for a double-header with the Post 63 team.
Cape took a pair of wins, the first by a 3-2 score and the second by 10-0, and the losing skid stretched to three when Post 236 faced Mayfield on Friday.
But righthander Shubert Moffatt turned in a three-hit performance against Shelbyville on Saturday to help get the team its first win.
Then, on Sunday morning, rangy lefthander Cody Gilbert turned in a stellar performance on the mound and smacked a two-run home run to lead the team to their second win of the season against Lyon County on Saturday morning.
Post 236 takes a 2-4 record into a double-header this afternoon at Henderson and returns home to Mike Miller Park on Wednesday for a twin bill involving both the senior and junior teams against Paducah Post 31. The senior team plays at 5:30 p.m.
The senior team travels to Eddyville to meet Post 68 on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. and travels to Santa Claus, Ind., for a Saturday double-header beginning at 1 p.m.
Cape 3, Titans 2
Post 63 won with two runs in the bottom of the seventh, spoiling a three-hit performance by the Titans’ pitching staff.
Starting pitcher Cody Gilbert singled and scored in the first to put Post 236 ahead.
After Post 63 tied it in the bottom of the second, the Titans regained the lead when Gilbert led off with a walk and came home on a single by Trey Martin.
In the seventh, the Titans’ third pitcher, Cameron Gudgell, walked leadoff hitter Wyatt Isom and then gave up a double to drive in Isom from first with the tying run.
Post 63 then loaded the bases with no outs. Gudgell was relieved by Kalen Parker, who induced a ground ball back to the mound.
Parker threw home for a putout, but catcher B.J. Elder’s throw to first hit the runner in the head. The ball caromed into right field, allowing Chase Eubank to score from second with the winning run.
Calvert 101 000 0 - 2 3 3
Cape 010 000 2 - 3 4 0
WP: Ryan Ocha; LP: Cameron Gudgell (0-1)
Cape 10, Titans 0
The second game of the twin bill was a write-off for the disheartened Titans, who got only one hit.
Post 236 also was guilty of three errors to aid the Post 63 cause.
Calvert 000 00 - 0 1 3
Cape 101 44 - 10 10 0
WP: Trevor Post (3-1); LP: Ryan Alderson (0-1)
Mayfield 8, Titans 1
Post 26 broke open a scoreless tie with one run in the bottom of third, then blew out to an 8-0 lead.
Calvert’s run came in top of the sixth. Coby Massey was hit by a pitch, stole second, went to third on a ground-out and then scored on an RBI single by Tyler Ballard.
Marshall County High graduate Wesley Neal gave up two hits and no runs for Mayfield.
Bryce Orr had a pair of singles for Calvert.
Calvert 000 001 0 - 1 4 1
Mayfield 001 430 x - 8 14 0
WP: Wesley Neal; LP: Kalen Parker
Titans 3, Shelbyville 1
The Titans got a stellar performance from pitcher Shubert Moffatt, who held Post 23 batters to three hits.
The Titans went up 2-1 with a pair of runs in the fifth and added an insurance run in the sixth.
Post 236 took the lead when Aaron Armstrong laid down a perfect suicide bunt to score Cody Gilbert.
Kalen Parker was 2-for-3 for the Titans.
Calvert 000 021 0 - 3 6 2
Shelbyville 010 000 0 - 1 3 2
P: Shubert Moffat (1-0); LP: Taylor Paschal (1-2)
Titans 6, Lyon Co. 3
Post 68 got three runs in the bottom of the fifth, cutting a Titan lead to 4-3, but Cody Gilbert drove the ball over the right field fence for a home run, driving in Caleb Stonecipher ahead of him, in the top of the sixth.
The Aces could not tally in the bottom of the inning, and the game ended at six innings under a time limit.
Aaron Armstrong was 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI for Post 236. Tanner Foster was 3-fo-4 with an RBI.
Calvert 102 012 - 6 9 1
Lyon 000 030 - 3 5 0
WP: Cody Gilbert (1-0); LP: n/a
Shelbyville 12, Titans 3
Post 23 came out hot, taking a 4-0 lead at the outset.
The Titans cut it to 4-3 in the fourth, but Shelbyville outscored Post 236 6-0 the rest of the way, powered by a three-run home run by Chris Kleeman, to move into the championship game.
Will Carr was 2-for-2 with a double for the Titans.
Cody Gilbert and Aaron Armstrong were 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Shelbyville 420 001 5 - 12 13 1
Calvert 200 100 0 - 3 8 4
WP: Jordan Young; LP: Ryan Alderson (0-2)