Shelby handed Wynford its first loss of the season Wednesday evening, 17-5. The Royals, now 3-1, struggled defensively, giving up 18 hits and committing three errors.
“Shelby is a phenomenal baseball school, and they always have been,” Royals baseball coach Jon Amicone said.
“Our defense and our pitching kind of let us down today.
“If you give a team like Shelby extra opportunities with errors or walks, they are going to make you pay.”
Wynford played the Whippets close through the first two innings, trailing 3-2.
Shelby (2-0) opened up the game scoring two runs on four hits and one run in the second.
The Royals Adam Hartz came up with a home run to left field in the first, and Todd Carter had a RBI single in the second.
It was the third inning when Shelby’s offense started giving Wynford trouble. The Whippets scored five runs to take a 7-2 advantage, and the Royals struggled to catch up.
“We hit the ball early right at people, and in the third inning we were finding gaps and hustling,” Whippets coach C.J. Brickman said. “I think that made a big difference.”
Shelby’s Lee Newmeyer picked up the win with six strikeouts and four walks. The Whippets had five players finish with multiple hits.
Austin Alt had four, both Justin Lewis and Dillon Bailey finished three and Joel Kissel and Andrew Baird had two.
“They are a good team, but when you put the ball in play, and you make them field it, good stuff is going to happen for you,” Brickman said.
Wynford finished with nine hits. Gage Roe had two hits, including a double, Hartz smacked a double to go with his home run and Dustin Pfeiffer recorded two hits.
“This is our first loss, and we have been playing pretty well, but that’s the thing about baseball,” Amicone said. “It’s kind of a game where one game you are feeling really good, and we played really well yesterday. Today we come in and it’s completely different.”