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RAMSEY - Seven players out of an 11-player roster hit above .300 for the weekend as the Tell City 12-year-old all-star team finished second in a seven-team tourney at North Harrison. They finished the tourney 5 and 2.
Austin Paulin hit .500 and Drew Mowery .478 to lead Tell City. Others hitting above .300 for the tourney were Trent Zuelly .350, Reese Miller, Derrick Snyder and Rhett Baumeister .333 and Dakota Braunecker .300.
Tell City's hitting was complemented by strong pitching with six pitchers combining for 51 strikeouts. Baumeister led the team with 14 strike outs, Mowery added 13, Nathan Freeman had nine and Christopher Schaefer had eight.
In the first game, Tell City was defeated 6-1 by Floyds Knobs. Tell City only produced three hits, all singles, one each by Mowery, Miller and Zuelly. Schaefer closed the game with three consecutive strikeouts in the bottom of the fifth.
Tell City all-stars started their five-game winning streak by beating a second team from Tell City, the Tell City Twins, 7-4.
The game was close through four innings, with the Tell City Twins leading 4-2 going into the fifth. Tell City Twin hitter Brennan Malone hit a two-run home run in the fourth to take the a two-run lead.
Baumeister struck out seven Tell City Twins in four innings with three consecutive strikeouts in the fifth inning. Zuelly went 2-for-3 and Austin Paulin went 2-for-2 with a double. Triston Simmons, Grant Sanders and Justin Alvarez each added a single for the Tell City Twins.
Tell City's third game was a 13-9 victory over the North Harrison 11 year olds. Tell City hitters were led by Mowery and Jimmy Phillips each going 3-for-4; Mowery with two singles and a triple, and Phillips with three singles. Miller went 2-for-3 with a double and a single each; Schaefer and Braunecker each with 2 for 4 with Braunecker having a triple and a double and Schaefer a double and a single.
For the fourth game the Tell City all-stars defeated the North Harrison 12 year olds. Mowery hit a single to let Braunecker score with the game tied in the bottom of the sixth inning to win the game; Mowery hit 3-for-4 with two singles and double, Snyder hit a home run to tie the game and Baumeister struck out four batters in two innings.
The fifth game of the tourney was a victory for the Scottsburg team and was the second consecutive game won in the bottom of the sixth inning. Baumeister was the first batter in the bottom of the sixth inning, score tied 4-4; Bameister hit a line drive to the fence and had an in-the-park homerun to score the winning run. Zuelly went 2-for-3 with a double and a single, Austin Paulin was 1-for-2 with a double.
As the Tell City all-stars were the winners of the loser brackets, they played Floyds Knobs, who beat them the first game of the tourney. Tell City won 7-6 and Mowery went 2-for-4 and Paulin 2-for-2 all singles. Mowery had seven strikeouts in three innings. Tell City's third game of the day and seventh game in four days for the tourney championship was a defeat by Floyds Knobs, 8-5. Snyder went 2-for-3, both singles.
They finished their season 10 and 6, second in the district for the Cal-Ripken League and produced the first winning season for this age group in all-stars.