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By CLAY CUNNINGHAM
LINCOLN CITY - Princeton dominated a rusty Hoosier Express team in all aspects of a 13-2 Senior Legion baseball rout Sunday.
Playing its first game in a week, the Express fell behind almost instantly, as Post 25 scored twice in the first inning and pulled ahead 6-0 after four.
After reaching third base on two errors and a fielders choice, Reid Johnson got the Express on the board in the bottom of the fifth inning when he scored on a wild pitch, cutting the deficit to 6-1.
But Princeton killed any chance of an Express rally in the top of the sixth, when they sent 11 batters to the plate and scored seven runs, which opened up a 13-1 lead.
Jared Melliff, Colbey Martin and Caleb Wagner all had two RBIs for Princeton. Though he had some control issues, Alec Sandefer allowed just two runs, one earned, on two hits while striking out nine in six innings.
The Express added a second run in the bottom of the sixth, when Mason Becher drove in Damon Wilmes with an RBI single.
Three Tell City players on the Express team went a combined 0-8.
On the mound, Reed Goffinet and Hunter Rowe each saw time in relief. Goffinet allowed six runs, three of them earned, over three and one-third innings and Rowe allowed three earned runs in one and two-thirds.
The Express is now 4-13.
Though he believes a week-long layoff aided the team’s struggles, Manager Jay Burch said the biggest issue facing his ballclub was a lack of depth. Due to an array of scheduling conflicts, the team had just nine available players Sunday.
“I think we’re a halfway decent team when we have everybody,” Burch said. “But with so many kids who go to basketball camp and football camp and vacation, it’s hard to get everybody here.”
Burch also knew going into the season that the Express would struggle to compete against teams with more experience than his young squad. With the year winding down, he said “I just want to see our guys improve individually. That’s the goal.”