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NEWBURGH—Christopher Schaefer hit .563 to lead Tell City to fourth place in the age-14 Babe Ruth Southern State Tourney last weekend.
Schaefer also struck out six and walked four during his nine innings of work on the mound.
Tell City dropped its opening game to Jasper de-spite a two-run home run by Cody Osborne in the first inning.
A poor defensive performance hindered Tell City that game. Four errors in the third inning led to two Jasper runs, and another three errors allowed four more runs in the last inning.
Two doubles by Drew Mowery and a double and triple by Schaefer led Tell City past Lawrenceburg 12-7 in the team’s first losers-bracket game.
Rhett Baumeister started on the mound for Tell City and struck out five in just two innings.
Tell City trounced Scott County 12-2 in its next game, scoring seven runs in the first two innings.
Baumeister got the start again and struck out five, walked seven, and allowed two runs in three innings.
Austin Paulin remained solid for the team behind the plate, throwing out both of Scott County’s attempted base stealers.
After a four-hour rain de-lay, Tell City was knocked out of the tourney, losing to host Newburgh 8-5.
Tell City jumped to a 3-0 lead in the third inning, aided by doubles from Osborne and Paulin.
Defensive problems hurt Tell City again, though, as it committed three errors in an eight-run Newburgh inning.
Down 8-3 in the last inning, Tell City made one last offensive charge. Reese Miller led off with a double and two walks then loaded the bases. A single by Mowery brought home Miller. The game would eventually end with three runners stranded on base.
Mowery batted .429 in the tourney and pitched seven innings, allowing only four hits and one walk and strking out four. Baumeister hit .400 and pitched 10 innings, allowing only four runs with 10 strikeouts.
Paulin caught all but three innings and demonstrated great leadership on the field while throwing out three runners trying to steal.
Tell City finished with a 5-2 record.