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By LARRY GOFFINET
TELL CITY—Austin Paulin went 3 for 3 and drove in three runs as Tell City trounced Tecumseh 15-3 in PAC baseball Wednesday.
Paulin hit a two-run double and an RBI single in the Marksmen’s 10-run first inning.
“Austin Paulin is hitting the biscuit out of it right now,” said Tell City Coach Jason Wilkerson.
Casey May also had two hits that inning to drive in two runs.
Brian Arnold walked and singled as he drove in two runs and scored two in the inning.
No. 9 batter Hunter Rowe added two RBIs with a double to the right-field corner.
Tell City sent 15 batters to the plate that inning against Tecumseh starter Cody Schoenbachler.
Tell City finished with 12 hits in four innings. Drew Mowery matched Paulin’s three RBIs with a sacrifice fly in the second inning and a two-run single to center field in the third.
Gant Miller added a two-run, pinch-hit double in the fourth.
Tell City sophomore C.J. Rowe scattered seven hits in five innings for the win.
He got into trouble in the first inning when he gave up three runs on two singles, a hit batter, a two-run double by Ty Webb, and a sacrifice bunt.
But he settled down after that and he did not walk a batter, which Wilkerson said was the main key to the victory.
“He was throwing strikes—something we didn’t do the first two games (of the season),” said Wilkerson.
“They didn’t hit the ball hard enough to really hurt us the first inning—they just hit them where we weren’t.”
Tell City pitchers walked 14 in a 10-9 loss at South Central Thursday.
Tell City outhit the Rebels 11-5 and committed only one error. But the walks proved costly.
“South Central has a strong team,” said Wilkerson. “I think they’re ranked No. 2 in the state in Class A and return six lettermen from a semistate team last year.
“But if we throw strikes, we’re 4-0 now. Instead we walked nine at Heritage Hills and 14 tonight and we’re 2-2.
“I still think we’re a very good ballclub with a lot of upside, and our pitching problems can be fixed. I’d much rather have these problems April 4 than May 24 when we’re in the tourney.”
Trent Rainey hit a home run and a double and drove in four runs to lead Tell City’s offense Thursday and C.J. Rowe hit a two-run single in the fifth to put Tell City ahead 7-3.
Chris Schaefer, Tell City’s third pitcher of the night, took the loss.
Starter Hunter Rowe cruised through the first three innings but walked five in the fourth before being relieved.
“I probably left him in a batter or two too long,” said Wilkerson.
The Marksmen will host Evansville North Tuesday at 5 p.m.
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Tecumseh 300 00 - 3 7 2
Tell City (10)12 2x - 15 12 0
Schoenbachler, Pemberton (2) and Lyttle; C. Rowe and Paulin. W-C. Rowe (1-0). L-Schoenbachler.
2B-Webb, Tec.; Paulin, TC; G. Miller, TC; H. Rowe, TC.
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Tell City 010 330 2 - 9 11 1
South Central 000 313 3 - 10 5 0
H. Rowe, Baumeister (4), Schaefer (6) and Paulin; Vieck and Smith. W-Vieck. L-Schaefer (1-1).
2B-Rainey, TC. HR-Rainey, TC.