Kralj’s perfect game helps Patriots top Tell City

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LINCOLN CITY—Kaitlin Kralj threw a five-inning perfect game as Heritage Hills defeated Tell City 14-0 in PAC girls softball Wednesday.
Kralj struck out six as she raised her record to 9-3 for the Patriots, who are ranked seventh in the state in Class 3A.
McKenzie Hayes hit a line drive to right-center field in the fifth inning that Heritage Hills’ right fielder made a nice catch on.
That, “a bullet Stori Beard hit right at the center fielder, and Haley Lamb’s dribbler in front of the plate (she was called out on a close play at first base) were the closest we came to getting a hit,” said Tell City Coach John Hayes.
Freshman Bailey Sandage pitched the first 22⁄3 innings for Tell City to take the loss. Madison Schuetter, who has started seven of Tell City’s nine games at pitcher, started at shortstop.
“I knew it didn’t matter who we threw, they were going to hit us because they’re a really good team—that’s why they’re ranked in Class 3A,” said Hayes. “So I wanted to put my best defense on the field.
“Bailey threw well. They’re just a good hitting team and they did a nice job hitting it where it’s pitched.”
The Patriots scored one run in the first inning on a triple by Felicia Leibering and a ground out to the second baseman.
They added three runs in the second inning and blew the game open with seven in the third.
Sandage gave up eight hits and two walks and struck out none.
She gave up 11 runs but only six were earned, as the Marksmen committed four errors.
Hayli Scott, a first cousin of Tell City JV player Bria Gelarden, hit two doubles for the Patriots.
Tell City fell to 2-7 overall, 1-2 in the PAC. Heritage Hills improved to 10-3 overall, 2-0 in the conference.
The Marksmen will visit Lanesville Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.
    r    h    e
Tell City    000     00     -   0    0    4
Heritage Hills    137      3x     - 14    8    0
   Sandage, Schuetter (3), Hellums (4) and Bartley; Kralj and Scott. W-Kralj. L-Sandage (0-1).
    2B-Fischer, HH; Scott, HH, 2; Kralj, HH. 3B-Leibering, HH.