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TELL CITY—Two-out rallies propelled Tell City to an early lead as the Marksmen beat Perry Central 10-6 in first-round Class 2A baseball sectional action Thursday.
Perry Central starter Andrew Harpenau retired the Marksmen’s first two batters of the first inning.
But consecutive doubles by Mike Maddle, Trent Gunn and Kyle Osborne and a single by Jordan Rhodes followed, staking the Marksmen to a 3-0 lead.
Their first two batters of the second inning also made outs. But they followed with a run on a double by Trent Benningfield, a single by Andy Chinn, and a third-strike passed ball.
“It seemed like every inning we got two outs on them and then they’d get a flare hit and a couple of hard hits,” said Perry Central Coach Gary Hanan. “They’ve got one of the best hitting lineups in southwestern Indiana.”
Tell City Coach Mark Wahl said the early two-out rallies helped his team build momentum. “I think it was big for us to put something up on them early.”
The Marksmen kept the lead the rest of the game, though Perry Central did pull within 5-4 on three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Ryan Kessens’ RBI triple to right-center field was the big blow of that inning, which also included two singles, two errors and a walk.
Tell City answered with runs on extra-base hits each of the next three innings.
Andy Brunner drove in a run with a double in the fifth, Kyle Osborne had a two-out RBI triple to deep center in the sixth, and Andy Chinn doubled home a run in the seventh.
Brunner went 3 for 4 to lead Tell City’s 14-hit attack. Chinn, Maddle, Osborne and Rhodes each added two hits.
Perry Central had 11 hits, including a 3 for 3 performance by Clint Cassidy.
Ian Hahus and Patrick Van Winkle each added two hits.
Tell City sophomore Jeff Braun pitched a complete game for his fifth win of the season. He walked two and struck out three.
Only three of the runs against him were earned.
Harpenau pitched the first six innings for Perry Central to take the loss. He walked three, struck out three, and gave up five earned runs.
“Unearned runs kill you,” said Hanan. “But I’m happy that we came back and competed.”
Tell City advanced to the semifinals with a 14-10 record while Perry Central finished 14-11.