Marksmen should like their draw for baseball sectional

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By Larry Goffinet

Drawing the first-round bye in next week's Class 2A South Spencer baseball sectional should make Tell City's team happy.

But perhaps an even bigger plus for the Marksmen was they did not draw one of their three fellow PAC teams in the sectional.

Going into Friday's game at Floyd Central, the Marksmen were 1-6 against PAC opponents (counting a second loss to South Spencer, which did not count in conference standings) and 9-1 against teams outside the PAC.

They had not lost to a non-PAC team since falling to Class 3A power Evansville Memorial in their season opener March 29.

The Marksmen have beaten their last three Evansville opponents (all Class 4A teams) so that should bode well for them since they will face Mater Dei in their first sectional game.

Some might argue that the Marksmen are beating non-conference opponents because they might be facing those teams' No. 4 pitchers while throwing their own No. 1 or 2 pitcher.

In some instances that may be true.

But when the Marksmen beat Evansville Central April 22, they did so with a four-run rally in the seventh inning (admittedly with the help of two Central errors) against Brandon Flora, the Bears' ace.

A few days later Flora pitched a complete-game victory over Castle, which is ranked fifth in the state in Class 4A.

So the Marksmen are definitely doing something right against the Evans-ville teams. And they shouldn't be intimidated by Mater Dei, even though the Wildcats entered last week with a 17-5 record and ranked eighth in the state in Class 2A.

Other ranked teams in the South Spencer sectional include North Posey, tied for sixth, and Forest Park, 12th.

Despite the lower ranking, Forest Park beat Mater Dei soundly (almost by the 10-run rule) in the regular season.

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Perry Central will play North Posey in the first game of the South Spencer sectional next Monday (yes, Memorial Day) at 3:30 p.m.

That will be followed by South Spencer vs. Forest Park at 6 p.m.

The winners of those games will meet Wednesday, May 28, at 5:30 p.m. That will be followed by Tell City vs. Mater Dei in the bye game at 7:30 p.m.

The championship game will be 7 p.m. Friday, May 30.

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Cannelton will play in the four-team Class A Tecumseh sectional which will all be played Memorial Day.

Cannelton will meet defending champion Tecumseh, which is ranked sixth in the state in Class A, at 10 a.m.

That will be followed by New Harmony vs. Wood Memorial at 12:30 p.m., with the championship game at 7 p.m.

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Last year I wrote that early recruiting by colleges was not good for most athletes and it would be best if NCAA coaches could not even contact athletes until April of their senior year."

But now the problem is getting worse, with University of Kentucky basketball coach Billy Gillispie getting oral commitments from a high school freshman and an eighth grader.

Odds are good that Gillispie won't even be around to coach the eighth grader.

And while emphasizing such early recruiting, schools are missing a lot of late bloomers. That's why this year's Missouri Valley Conference MVP, Adam Emmenecker, and UNLV starters Curtis Terry (the Mountain West Conference leader in assists this year) and Rene Rougeau began their college careers as walk-ons.