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Golden Bears drop contest in late night at Mt. Vernon

Cory Taylor and Mark Kuhn were just two Golden Bears who played late into the night Friday at Mt. Vernon. Shelbyville lost its first game 12-4. The second game of the doubleheader was suspended after a light blew out in the seventh inning.

By KATRINA BRANSON - kbranson@shelbynews.com

The Shelbyville baseball team traveled to Mt. Vernon Friday night for a conference doubleheader. What a night it was. The team struggled to find an answer for the Marauders offense in the first game, falling 12-4.

The second game was a close one. Mt. Vernon took a 5-2 lead in the top of the seventh inning with no outs when the unexpected happened – the lights blew, therefore causing the game to be suspended. 

Mt. Vernon showed its power in the first game scoring eight runs in the first two innings alone. Pitcher Brock Blackwell for the Golden Bears struggled on the mound allowing nine hits and nine runs.

“Our pitching didn’t start off well the first game,” said head coach Royce Carlton.

The biggest issue Shelbyville faces now is finding ways to go on without its No. 1 pitcher in senior Tyce Taylor, who is currently unable to play due to injury.

“After losing Tyce Taylor for an extended period of time we just kind of had to plug and play – guys were playing out of their normal positions,” said Carlton. “So, we’re just trying to find something that’ll stick and click.”

At the plate, however, Blackwell had two singles in the first game. The team’s first run of the game came off of a Grant Martin RBI single in the fourth inning. Mark Kuhn would add two more runs in the fifth inning with a home run. The Golden Bears final run came in the sixth thanks to a RBI double from Damon Lux.

Other hits in the game went to Luke Stieneker with a single and Eadin Balting with three of his own.

The Marauders offense simply overpowered the Golden Bears in the first game. Mt. Vernon’s Dino Tharp had a three-run home run in the first inning, while teammate Dylan Cole had the same in the fifth.

Hitting wise, Shelbyville was getting the bat on the ball, but it was going directly to the defense.

“We’re getting around on the ball really well right now, it’s just not falling where we need it too,” said Carlton. “When we hit it hard it just seems like we hit it right at someone in the outfield, they may have to move maybe two or three steps. We’re putting the bat on the ball pretty well, especially after our Columbus North game.”

Pitching the second game for Shelbyville was Lux, who put on quite the show. Although he fell behind in various counts at times, he got himself at of numerous holes. For example, the senior gave up a leadoff double in the second inning but would then get the next three batters out with a ground ball and two strikeouts.

“I think Damon pitched really well for us,” said Carlton. “There were a couple of times he got behind in the count and let some runners on. Then they instantly capitalized on that.”

The Golden Bears came out swinging during the second game. Cory Taylor began the game with a single, followed by a double by Lux and a Kuhn walk. Stieneker would then plate a run with a RBI flyout. Shelbyville held a 1-0 lead through the first two innings but would give it away in the third.

Mt. Vernon had a breakaway third inning with a Jaden Cappelletti single, which was followed by a Mason Montgomery walk. Sam McCarty would then kock a RBI double, followed by Jake Stank with a two run double of his own.

Shelbyville would add another run in the fifth thanks to a Stieneker RBI single -- making it 3-2. Mt. Vernon would answer in the seventh, scoring two runs to make it 5-2 before the lights would go out.

Lux allowed eight hits, pitching just over six innings. The senior had eight strikeouts. Blackwell and Taylor each had hits in the game for Shelbyville.

Ultimately, the second contest of the doubleheader will not be made up unless conference standings suggest otherwise later in the season. No one thinks of losing power as much of a big deal, but when it takes place on Friday the 13th, it feels a little spooky.

The Golden Bears will next prepare for a county game Monday against Waldron.

Katrina Branson is a Sports writer for The Shelbyville News. Follow Katrina on Twitter @k_b527.