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Marksman Cab overtakes Coca-Cola late for playoff title

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By Larry Goffinet

TELL CITY—Cody Osborne and Tristan Simmons each drove in four runs as Marksman Cab beat Coca-Cola 14-10 in nine innings to win the Tell City Babe Ruth League playoff tourney Friday.

Coke built a 8-2 lead with a six-run fourth inning capped by Hunter Herzog’s two-run triple. Matthew Cole also drove in two runs that inning.

Marksman Cab chipped away in each of the next three innings, though, scoring three runs in the seventh inning to tie the score 8-8.

Austin Richards reached base on an error, Rhett Baumeister singled to shallow center field, and Spenser Beard hit his third double of the game to drive in one run.

Osborne followed with an infield pop-up that appeared to be the final out of the game. But the second baseman and shortstop collided and the ball fell to the ground, allowing the tying runs to score.

Osborne did not get credit for any RBIs on that play, but he had driven in two runs earlier and drove in two more with his second double of the game in a six-run ninth inning.

Simmons followed that hit with a two-run single.

Simmons eventually scored on Blake Haller’s sacrifice fly to center field, and Beard drove in the final run of the inning with a bases-loaded walk.

Coke rallied for two runs in the bottom of the ninth on five consecutive two-out walks. Simmons struck out the next batter, though, to end the game.

Beard led Marksman Cab’s 11-hit attack with his three doubles. Osborne added two doubles and Baumeister and Simmons each also had two hits.

Herzog, Nathan Freeman, Chris Schaefer and Jimmy Phillips each had two hits for Coke.

Baumeister pitched the first four innings and the seventh and eighth for Marksman Cab to get the win. He struck out five and walked four.

Marksman Cab Coach Wes Deom said he never felt his team was out of the game even when trailing by five runs “because of the way errors and walks are in this league. But we were behind the eight-ball.”

Coke won the regular-season title with a 12-4 record, one game ahead of Marksman Cab.

Beard hit two home runs, including a grand slam, in Marksman Cab’s semifinal win over Woodcrafters.

Marksman Cab also claimed three of the league’s individual awards. Beard had the highest batting average and most home runs and Osborne won the mental attitude award in voting by league coaches.

Drake Duke won the Most Valuable Player award, which must go to a 15-year-old according to league rules.