Shorthanded 15-year-olds lose to Evansville, Princeton teams

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By Larry Goffinet

EVANSVILLE—Playing most of the tourney with eight players, Tell City lost its first two games in the age-15 Babe Ruth baseball district tourney last weekend.

Vanderburgh County had 14 hits and took advantage of six Tell City errors to beat Tell City 12-5 in the first round Friday.

Jessie Lawalin pitched a complete game for Tell City and did not walk a batter. He struck out three.

“He really pitched well,” said Tell City Manager Barry LaGrange. “But they finally started hitting some gaps.”

There were wider gaps than usual in the outfield because Tell City played most of that game—and the following one—with just eight players, meaning only two outfielders.

All 12 15-year-olds who played in Tell City’s league this year were named to the all-star team. But three quit because of commitments to jobs or other sports and another one, Ryan Hackbarth, was injured in practice.

Hackbarth was allowed to stand on the field at the start to give Tell City the required nine players to start a game. Then the team played the rest of the game with eight players.

Besides being shorthanded in the outfield, Tell City was inconsistent in the infield. The team turned four double plays but was hurt by its six errors.

Tell City had four hits that game. Ryan Dooley went 2 for 4, Ryan LaGrange hit a double, and Nathan Wood added a single.

Tell City committed only one error in its next game. But Princeton took advantage of nine hits and seven hit batsmen to win 11-0.

Dooley and Ray Adams each hit a single for Tell City’s only hits.

Jordan Hosler pitched the first five innings for Tell City. He struck out eight.