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Rebels rout Marksmen

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By LARRY GOFFINET
Sports Editor

TELL CITY—South Spencer had 13 hits but walks and errors were also key differences as the Rebels beat Tell City 13-1 in PAC baseball Saturday.
South Spencer pitchers Jon Stallings and Trey Toler did not walk anyone and their teammates backed them with errorless defense.
Tell City committed four errors and walked five.
Kobe Stephens led off the game with a walk against Rhett Baumeister.
Chandler Roberts’ single to right field and Nathan Kuester’s infield hit then loaded the bases.
Tyler Schneider followed with a double to left field to drive in two runs.
After Ryan Wilkinson’s dead-ball single (Schneider was hit by the ball for the first out), Malin Webb singled to right to drive in the third run of the inning.
The Rebels added three more runs in the second inning on only one hit, an RBI single to center by Kuester.
An error by the shortstop, a balk, and three consecutive walks—one to Webb with the bases loaded—produced the other runs.
The Rebels hit the ball hard the rest of the way, including a double by Roberts in the fourth, an RBI double by Schneider in the fifth, and a two-run homer by Wilkinson over the left-center fence in the fifth that was aided by the wind.
Other than three strikeouts, most of their outs were hard hit in the last two innings.
They included Kuester’s hard line drive right at third baseman C.J. Rowe in the fifth. (“It was catch it or be killed,” said Tell City Coach Jason Wilkerson.)
That was Kuester’s only out of the game as he went 3 for 4. Schneider went 3 for 3 plus a walk and drove in four runs.
Tell City, which outhit three of its previous four opponents, was held to six hits.
Spenser Beard went 2 for 3 with a double to lead the Marksmen.
He scored their only run on Reese Miller’s double to left in the third inning.
The errors and walks bothered Wilkerson more than the difference in hits.
“Rhett threw 64 pitches in the first two innings because we didn’t play clean behind him,” he said. “By May 1, we’ll need to be playing clean.”
Baumeister walked five, gave up 11 hits, and struck out two as he pitched 32⁄3 innings to take the loss.
Chris Schaefer pitched the last 11⁄3 innings. He walked none, gave up two hits, and struck out three.
Stallings pitched the first four innings for South Spencer to get the win. He struck out seven, walked none, and gave up five hits.
“His ball moves real well,” said Wilkerson. “He hits corners well and mixes well.”
South Spencer Coach Brian Kuester said this lopsided game won’t mean anything come sectional time. “They’ve got a really good team—don’t let today fool you. They do have a lot of talent.”
Tell City fell to 3-2 overall, 1-1 in the PAC. South Spencer, the defending Class 2A state champion, improved to 4-0 overall, 2-0 in the conference.
The Marksmen will visit Gibson Southern Saturday at 11 a.m.
    r    h    e
South Spencer    330      43     - 13    13    0
Tell City    001     00     -   1    6    4
   Jo. Stallings, Toler (5) and Kuester; Baumeister, Schaefer (4) and Paulin. W-Stallings (1-0). L-Baumeister (1-1).
    2B-Roberts, SS; Schneider, SS, 2; Beard, TC; R. Miller, TC. HR-Wilkinson, SS.