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Braves, Rangers nip Tell City

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By Larry Goffinet

LYNNVILLE—A shortage of clutch hits hurt Tell City in PAC girls softball road losses Monday and Tuesday.

The Marksmen had only two hits in a 4-2 loss to Tecumseh Monday.

The Marksmen scored all their runs in the first inning on a home run by Josalyn Ress, her fifth of the season.

It also scored Hana Reed, who had reached base on a fielder’s choice after Kyli Smithson had walked.

Tell City’s only other hit was a second-inning single by Jamie Brinksneader.

“We played well—we just didn’t get the hits when we needed them,” said John Hayes, who took over as head coach after Dusty Beard resigned Monday morning because of scheduling conflicts with his other job.

Ress pitched a seven-hitter for Tell City, striking out four and walking three.

Tell City lost 1-0 to Forest Park Tuesday despite outhitting the Rangers 4-3.

“We played pretty well,” said Hayes. “We just made a couple of baserunning mistakes.”

Ress hit a double and a single in three at-bats to lead Tell City hitters. Hana Reed added a double.

Ress struck out six and walked two as she pitched another complete game.

“Josalyn pitched probably one of her better games this year,” said Hayes. “But we’re still trying to figure out what’s our best lineup defensively.”

The Marksmen committed four errors, including one that led to the game’s only run in the third inning.

Amy Wendholt followed that error with a double.

Tell City, 6-9 overall and 1-5 in the PAC, will visit Mount Vernon Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

Monday’s Linescore

    r    h    e

Tell City    200     000   0  - 2    2    0

Tecumseh    100      012   x  - 4    7    1

   Ress and Smithson; Lamborn and Snow. W-Lamborn. L-Ress (6-6).

    HR-Ress, TC (No. 5).

Tuesday’s Linescore

    r    h    e

Tell City    000     000   0  - 0    4    4

Forest Park    001      000   x  - 1    3    0

   Ress and Smithson; Braunecker and S. Bettag. W-Braunecker. L-Ress (6-7).

    2B-Ress, TC; Reed, TC; Wendholt, FP.