FESTUS, MO. -- Mattoon Post 88 Senior American Legion went 1-2 in the Ron Bone Invitational Showcase over the weekend. Post 88 started out strong with a 10-2 win over Festus, Mo. Post 253 on Saturday, but lost both games Sunday falling to Danville Post 210 11-5 and to Terre Haute, Ind. Post 346 4-2. 

Errors hurt Post 88 in both losses as they had three in each game as seven of the 15 runs were earned. 

Mattoon was tied with Terre Haute after three innings, but Post 346 regained the lead with a run in the fourth. 

Hayden Birdsong was perfect in three at-bats with a double and an RBI, while Trevor Smyser was 1-for-2 with a double and an RBI. 

Danville scored five runs in the first, but Mattoon battled back to within two runs, 6-4 after four innings. However, they could not get closer. 

Ivan Garza was 1-for-3 with two RBIs, while Noah Scott was 2-for-4 with a run and a double and Brock Smith was 2-for-3 with two runs for Mattoon. 

In the victory, Mattoon tallied five runs in the fifth to lead 9-2. 

Mattoon's Birdsong was a home run shy of hitting for the cycle going 3-for-4 with a double and a triple and a run batted in. Smith and Derek Owens drove in two runs each. 

Smith was the winning pitcher, while Jacob Spitz and Meade Johnson, who earned the save, also pitched for Post 88. 

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Mattoon, 6-7, tries to get back to the .500 mark Wednesday in a seven-inning game at Grimes Field against Effingham Post 120 at 6 p.m. 

The Mattoon Junior team, 7-2, had its doubleheader at Ford Iriquois rained out. The juniors will travel to Kokomo, Ind. for the Post 6 Junior Summer Classic Friday and Saturday. They will play Kokomo Post 6 at 5 p..m. CDT. 

From Thursday

Shelby County improves to 4-0

Tanner Coleman had three RBI and Colten Reed and Sam Hagerman had two RBI each as Shelby County Senior American Legion Post 289 (Strasburg)-611 (Stewardson)-725 (Windsor) beat Champaign Post 24 15-2. 

Coleman hit a two-run double as part of a seven-run fourth inning that turned 2-1 game into a 9-1 Shelby County lead.

Reed, Sam Hagerman, and Rece Pullen each collected two hits. Every Shelby County starter scored at least once and all but one had at least one hit.

Camden Coleman earned the win by striking out 11 hitters in five innings. He allowed five hits.

Shelby County will play host to the Indians at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Shelbyville. 


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Mike Monahan covers area sports for the JG-TC.

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