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Heritage Hills tops Tell City on unearned runs

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By Larry Goffinet

LINCOLN CITY - Heritage Hills scored four unearned runs to beat Tell City 4-2 in PAC girls softball Friday.

The Marksmen committed four errors and each of them contributed to a Heritage Hills run.

The Patriots outhit Tell City 6-5, with Kyla Gogel and Kelly Bettag each getting two hits.

Five batters each had one hit for the Marksmen.

The Patriots scored solo runs in the first, third, fifth and seventh innings, getting one hit each of those innings.

Tell City tied the score 2-2 with two runs in the fourth inning.

Lauren Goffinet led off with an infield single, advanced to second base on a wild pitch, and scored on Kara McClintic's double to right field.

With two outs Paige Gelarden singled to left, sending McClintic to third.

McClintic continued home when the left fielder bobbled the ball as she tried to pick it up.

Heritage Hills regained the lead for good the next inning, though.

Leah Beckman beat out an infield single and stole second base.

She scored from there when the center fielder dropped Gogel's fly ball with two outs.

Gogel hit a deep double to center in the third inning for the Patriots' only extra-base hit.

It appeared she would be out at third trying to stretch the hit to a triple, but the third baseman dropped the relay throw while trying to make the tag.

After a walk to Erica McBride, Gogel scored on a sacrifice fly to right field by Kaci Kleeman.

The Marksmen did make some good plays in the field. Goffinet had 10 assists and one putout while playing errorless shortstop.

Freshman pitcher Josalyn Ress pitched a complete game for the Marksmen, walking three and striking out three.

"Josalyn pitched well," said Tell City Coach Dusty Beard.

The game was the Marksmen's season opener. They will host Princeton today at 5 p.m.