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By LARRY GOFFINET
HUNTINGBURG—Southridge pounded out 12 hits and also took advantage of early Tell City control problems to beat the Marksmen 8-2 in the Class 2A baseball sectional semifinals Monday.
Southridge’s first two batters of the game drew walks and Nathan Tretter singled to left field to drive in a run.
The Raiders increased their lead to 5-0 with four runs in the fourth inning.
Four of their first five batters and five of their first seven hit singles that inning. A run also scored on Tretter’s fielder’s-choice grounder.
Tell City never really got its heralded offense in gear but did score two runs in the bottom of the fourth.
Spenser Beard led off that inning with an infield single and stole second base.
After Gant Miller walked, Beard advanced to third base on Casey May’s fly out to right field.
Beard then scored as he and Miller executed a delayed double steal. The steal of home increased Beard’s school-record season stolen base total to 28.
Trent Rainey followed with a double to left to score Miller.
The Marksmen also had two hits in each the second and fifth innings and a walk and a single with one out in the seventh.
But they struggled to come up with clutch hits against Southridge ace Luke Stetter, who pitched a seven-hitter. He struck out two and walked four.
“He does a real nice job mixing it up,” said Tell City Coach Jason Wilkerson. “He gets ahead (in the count) with his fastball and then he throws a really nice curveball or change-up. And we didn’t do a very good job adapting.”
The Marksmen committed two errors and also made a high throw on what could have been a double-play ball.
“In the fourth we had a chance to turn a double play and didn’t,” said Wilkerson. “Then we throw an 0-2 curveball that’s not supposed to be a strike.
“It’s frustrating because I know we had a chance to go further.”
The Marksmen’s two runs tied their second lowest total of the season. The only game they scored fewer was an 11-0 loss to Floyd Central, the Class 4A No. 1-ranked team.
Beard and Rainey, both sophomores, each had two hits for Tell City in this game.
For the second consecutive game Wilkerson used four pitchers, with none facing more than 10 batters.
He changed the order, though, using C.J. Rowe fourth after he was the starting pitcher against Mater Dei.
Rowe was the most effective, giving up only a ground single as he pitched a scoreless seventh inning.
Wilkerson said he did not use Rowe earlier because “he threw six innings against these guys in the regular season. Maybe I over thought that one.”
Chris Schaefer pitched the first two innings for Tell City to take the loss. He gave up two hits and two walks and struck out one.
Tell City, with just two senior starters, finished 14-10. “Overall we had a good season,” said Wilkerson.
Southridge advanced to the championship game with a 14-11 record.