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Big fifth inning fuels Marksmen past Wolfpack

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By CLAY CUNNINGHAM
Spencer County Journal-Democrat Sports Editor

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TELL CITY – Tell City rode a 10-run fifth inning to snag an 18-11 win over Crawford County in Cub League baseball Thursday.
Though a pair of Logan Gaynor RBI singles were the only hits the Marksmen had in the inning, they were still able to send 14 batters to the plate to break open a game that was just 4-2 at the beginning of the inning.
At one point nine consecutive Tell City hitters reached base safely. Bryan Bratcher and Joey Ingle also had RBIs in the inning on walks. The remaining six runs scored via errors or wild pitches.
The Marksmen scored the game’s first run in the second inning, when Gaynor was hit by a pitch, stole second and third and scored on a throwing error.
After the Wolfpack pulled ahead 2-1 with a pair of runs in the top of the fourth, the Marksmen took the lead for good by scoring three times in the bottom of the inning.
After Bratcher led off the inning with a walk, Ingle drove him in with a single. Ingle would then score on an error.
Gaynor, who walked, eventually scored the third run of the inning on a wild pitch.
Bratcher pitched four strong innings. He allowed two runs – one earned – and struck out six batters.
The Wolfpack fought back after the disastrous fifth inning, scoring five runs in the sixth and four in the seventh, but never reduced the deficit to fewer than seven runs.