SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP — Fastballs beware.
Shawnee’s Zach Bailey is crushing most fastballs that try to sneak their way over the plate these days.
Bailey went 3 for 3 with two home runs and five RBIs to power Shawnee to a 17-7, six-inning, run-rule victory over Lima Central Catholic on Wednesday at Shawnee.
For Bailey, it marked his third home run in two days and fourth of the season. He hit a solo shot in the second and followed it up with a grand slam in the fifth. Both homers on Wednesday came on fastballs over the heart of the plate.
After the grand slam, Shawnee had a 6-4 lead. But LCC came back with three in the top of the sixth to go ahead 7-6.
Shawnee then scored 11 in the home sixth to notch the 17-7 win. It marked the second time this year Shawnee scored 11 in the sixth, with the first time coming in an 11-3 win over Wapakoneta.
“They hit us in the mouth and they weren’t scared,” Bailey said. “And we wanted to show them that we were going to hit right back. We weren’t scared, either. … The sixth inning is good for us.”
Shawnee coach Scott Newman said, “It’s kind of becoming our trademark. I look at the kids and I say it’s the bottom of the sixth and they light up. The entire mood in the dugout was up. It was like we were ahead and we were going to explode.”
Cory Wilder’s three-run double to right was the walk-off hit to make it 17-7. It was Wilder’s second double of the inning, the first one knocked in two runs. For the game, Wilder went 3 for 5 with five RBIs.
“It seems we get it going every time in the sixth inning and I don’t know why,” Wilder said.
LCC had its six-game winning streak snapped and is 12-6. Shawnee is 8-7.
T-Birds starting shortstop/pitcher Colin Stolly suffered an ankle injury in the third inning and left immediately. Stolly drove a double to the center-field fence, but two strides after he hit second base, he collapsed in the basepath between second and third. He left the field on a golf cart and was taken for X-rays.
“It was his ankle and he rolled it pretty bad and they went to get it looked at,” LCC coach John Schnieders said. “This is a part of sports and sometimes guys get hurt and Colin plays hard and it was a sort of a freak thing. … You’re not going to replace Colin Stolly, but you can still play good baseball.”
Bailey had the game-winning, three-run home run against Bath on Tuesday and kept rolling on Wednesday.
In the fifth, he came to the plate with the bases loaded and jumped all over a Jamaal Hairston 2-1 fastball. The line-drive grand slam home run left the field in seconds.
“I’m seeing the ball well and driving the ball,” Bailey said. “I was kind of surprised he threw me a fastball there.”
Newman added, “He was in a funk about four games ago and we worked to get him back to where he was at the beginning of the year. He made some adjustment and he’s back.”
Hairston started for LCC and threw four strong innings, giving up one run. But after the grand slam, he left giving up six runs, all earned. Sam Huffman took the loss in relief, giving up four runs in 2/3 of an inning.
Casey Mulcahy picked up the winning with 1/3 hitless inning of relief.
For Shawnee, Cody Fullenkamp went 3 for 4 with an RBI. Andrew Bryan went 2 for 2 with two doubles and four RBIs, all in the sixth inning.
For LCC, Huffman went 3 for 4 with two RBIs. Ben Stolly went 2 for 2 with two doubles.
In the run-happy Shawnee sixth, Bryan’s first RBI double tied the game at 7. Fullenkamp’s single to right through a drawn-in infield gave Shawnee the lead to stay, 8-7. Wilder’s two-run double to right made it 10-7.