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Nine-run inning lifts Marksmen past PC

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By Larry Goffinet

LEOPOLD—Tell City trailed Perry Central 4-1 after two innings in baseball Monday and had scored its only run without a hit.

But the Marksmen’s explosive offense exploded for nine runs in the third inning to propel them to a 15-9 victory.

A single by Kyle Osborne and a double by Shane Weedman drove in the Marksmen’s first two runs of the inning.

After a single by Jordan Heck, Trent Nelson tripled to right field to drive in two runs and give the Marksmen a 5-4 lead.

Nelson scored on a bloop double to right by Travis Jones.

After two walks and a throwing error, Trent Gunn capped the inning with a three-run, opposite-field home run over the right-field fence.

Gunn added another three-run homer, over the left-field fence, in the fifth inning.

That gave him 45 RBIs for the season, breaking the school record of 40 that he set last year.

He has eight homers for the season, one short of Ryan Kieser’s single-season school record. Half of Gunn’s homers have come in two games against Perry Central.

The Commodores made sure he did not hit another one, as he was walked intentionally in the seventh inning. But he then scored on Osborne’s two-run double to left-center.

Osborne went 4 for 5 to lead Tell City in hits. Gunn and Heck each added two hits.

 Perry Central outhit Tell City 14-12, which was a good sign for the Commodores, who have struggled on offense this year.

Lucas Bryant had three hits for the Commodores. Five batters each added two.

But while half of Tell City’s hits went for extra bases, all of the Commodores’ were singles. And they left 17 runners on base, including leaving the bases loaded four times.

“I’m pleased that we hit the ball well,” said Perry Central Coach Gary Hanan. “But if we’re going to play with the big teams, we have to go all the way (and get more hits in clutch situations).”

Both teams went with relatively inexperienced pitchers because of a heavy load of games this week.

In his first varsity appearance on the mound, Jordan Heck picked up the win for Tell City in relief of fellow sophomore Trent Nelson.

Heck struck out two, walked three, and did not give up an earned run in four innings.

Perry Central starter Dee Jay Shaw took the loss. None of the three Commodore pitchers struck out a batter.

Tell City improved to 14-10 while Perry Central fell to 7-14.

Tell City

    ab    r    h    bi

Benningfield cf    2    3    0    0

Maddle c    2    4    1    0

Gunn ss    4    3    2    6

Osborne dh    5    1    4    3

Cole lf    0    0    0    0

Weedman 3b-1b    4    1    1    1

Heck 1b-p    5    1    2    0

Nelson p-3b    4    1    1    2

Jones 2b    4    1    1    1

Kleaving rf    3    0    0    0

 Totals    33    15      12    13

Perry Central

    ab    r    h    bi

Thomas ss-2b    5    1    2    1

Lutgring lf-cf-lf    6    1    2    0

Raetz cf-p-cf    4    2    2    1

Hahus 1b    4    2    2    0

Shaw p-ss    2    0    0    0

C. Cassidy rf-lf-p    3    1    0    2

 T. Cassidy ph    1    1    0    0

Peter dh    2    0    1    2

 Brown pr    0    0    0    0

Troesch 2b-rf    0    1    0    0

Hayes 3b    4    0    2    1

Bryant c    5    0    3    2

 Totals    36    9      14    9

Tell City    109    030    2  -        15

Perry Central    401    200    2  -       9

E-Tell City 1, Perry Central 3. DP-Perry Central 1. LOB-Tell City 6, Perry Central 17. 2B-Osborne, Weedman, Jones. 3B-Nelson. HR-Gunn 2 (8). SF-Peter 2.

    ip    h    r    er    bb    so

Nelson    3    8    7    7    5    0

Heck (W, 1-0)    4    6    2    0    3    2

Shaw (L, 0-3)    22⁄3    7    9    8    3    0

Raetz    11⁄3    2    3    3    2    0

C. Cassidy    3    3    3    3    2    0

Nelson pitched to 4 batters in the 4th; Raetz pitched to 2 batters in the 5th.

 HBP-by Nelson (Raetz), by Shaw (Kleaving), by Raetz (Weedman). WP-Nelson 2, Heck, Shaw. Balk-Shaw. PB-Bryant. T-2:40.