MORRISTOWN – You could say Oldenburg Academy got “Shak” attacked.
Hailing from the Greene County town of Jasonville, the Shakamak Lakers put it to the Twisters to the tune of 13-0 in the Morristown Regional baseball championship Saturday night.
Four runs in the top of the sixth forced OA to come up with a 4-run answer or risk losing by the 10-run rule. Senior Chris Hautman drove a one-out double to center and Mark Wolfe singled to right field. The Lakers’ Peyton Yeryar rebounded to strike out senior catcher Nick Hoff and got Frank Moorman on an infield pop, setting off a celebration by those in powder blue.
"Overall, I am very proud of this team,” said coach Doug Behlmer. “This was a year of firsts, and that includes the baseball program’s first ever regional victory. These six seniors worked their tails off this year after not having a season last year. I am very proud to have coached this team." 
Shakamak opened the game with two straight outs off Hautman but a ball down the third-base line sparked a Lakers’ two-run rally. A passed ball sent Oscar Pegg to second and he scored on Brady Yeryar’s base hit to left. Starting pitcher Clayton Stone drew a walk. Brevon Fulford bounced one to the right side, beat the throw to first and watched Yeryar slide under the tag at home.
OA went down in order in the bottom of the first and the Lakers pressed on the gas when they returned to the plate.
Logan Burris was hit in the helmet by Hautman to lead off. He stayed in the game and advanced on Carson Jernigan’s single to center. A sacrifice moved the runners into scoring position before P. Yeryar’s bouncer got past a drawn-in infield for two more runs. Hautman fanned Pegg but walked B. Yeryar. Stone proceeded to belt a triple to deep center field.
On the wrong end of a 6-0 deficit, things already looked grim for the Twisters. Singles by seniors Riley Schebler and Patrick Thompson started a promising second for OA. A fielder’s choice later, Nick Folop walked to load the bases with two outs. Moorman went down swinging to end the threat.
Hautman worked around a single and walk in the third. Senior Andrew Oesterling led off the bottom of the frame with a walk. An out later, the Lakers’ shortstop completed a 6-3 double play on Charlie Schebler’s grounder up the middle.
Pegg got Shakamak going in the fourth with a base on balls. Hautman whiffed B. Yeryar but Stone singled to left and Fulford made it 8-0 on a two-run single to center. With two outs, Burris drove Fulford home with the ninth run to chase Hautman. Oesterling took over, gave up an infield single but nothing more.
R. Schebler led off OA’s fourth with a single but Stone fanned Thompson, Hautman and Caleb Lehman in succession. A nice play by Twisters’ second baseman Trevor Moizuk helped strand a pair of runners in the Lakers’ fifth. Folop opened the bottom of the stanza with a single to center and Oesterling reached on a throwing error; a walk to C. Schebler loaded the bags again. The reliever Yeryar then struck out the elder Schebler.
Highlights for the Lakers’ sixth included RBI triples by Ethan Burdette and B. Yeryar and another RBI for P. Yeryar.
OA’s season ended at 16-8. Colton Schuckmann was the team’s sixth senior playing his final game.
Traders Point Christian (semifinal)
As lopsided as the final was, the semifinal was more so in favor of the Twisters. Traders Point Christian of Whitestown (Boone Co.) was coming off the school’s first sectional title and scored first on a passed ball. However, it was all Oldenburg once the top of the second rolled around. After five innings, OA advanced 15-3 for the program’s first regional-level win.
A handful of defensive and mental errors by the Knights allowed OA to build the big lead. The Twisters also ran at will against the TPC catcher, stealing a total of nine bases. One of those by Hautman preceded OA’s first run as the throw got by third base. Thompson singled and scored on an error by the shortstop. Moizuk came through with a big two-run, two-out double to left to score a pair of teammates. C. Schebler singled off starting pitcher Carson Lee’s foot to score Moizuk with the fifth run.
Meanwhile, Oesterling was in the middle of a stretch of seven consecutive strikeouts (he would fan 10 of 15 batters he faced across four innings of work).
Thompson benefited from another shortstop error with one out in the third. With two down, a ball off Folop’s bat went under the glove of the shortstop to make it 6-1. Short’s tough inning continued when he fielded a Moorman ball and threw home instead of to first; Folop was safe for OA’s seventh run. Oesterling later plated Moorman on a single to center.
Hits for the Scheblers and Hautman started the Twister fourth, Riley gaining an RBI. Thompson’s groundout made it 10-1 and Wolfe’s roller put the Knights’ deficit at 10.
Oesterling led off OA’s fifth with a triple to right and scored on a wild pitch off reliever Elias Underwood. The latter walked Moizuk and C. Schebler and gave up a two-run double to R. Schebler. Gabe Sink came in out of the bullpen and gave up a sacrifice fly to Hautman as OA went up by 14 runs.
R. Schebler got some work on the mound in TPC’s fifth, trying to keep the Knights from prolonging the game. He struck out a pair but also hit a batter and allowed run-scoring singles to Sink and Maxwell Harris.
Oesterling reached safely in all four at-bats in the rout and C. Schebler ran the bases three times.