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Team earns ticket to regional despite district-tourney loss

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By The Staff

NEWBURGH - Even though Tell City lost the age 13 Babe Ruth All-Star Tourney, they will advance to the Southwind Regional Tourney.

In Game 3 of the tourney, Tell City beat Newburgh 15-8, allowing them to play against the District 6 winners in the regional tourney Friday at 5:30 p.m. in Bloomington.

In district play, Dayne Seibert pitched the first five innings during which Tell City led 7-3. By the sixth inning, they scored eight more runs to make it 15-3, but in the bottom of the sixth inning, Newburgh scored five runs to make it 15-8. According to Coach George Slunder, this game broke a seven-loss steak to Newburgh.

Tell City lost its first game of tourney play against Jasper 7-18. Jasper was ahead 3-0 but Tell City batted back to take a 6-3 lead in the first inning. Brian Arnold came in to pitch and held them until the fourth inning, when they scored five more runs. In the fifth inning they broke out and scored nine more runs.

Chris Kohnert started the game and pitched four strong innings in Game 2 as Tell City built a lead in the second inning, 5-2. Vincennes tied in the fourth inning and Arnold pitched the last part of the game, which Tell City won 7-6.

They played South Gibson in the championship game, which they lost 11-7. Arnold started pitching the game and they hit to the outfield and scored two runs in the first. Tell City tied and they scored two more in the second but South Gibson scored six to lead 8-2. Kohnert pitched two innings and Casey May pitched the last two.

Slunder said Tell City played some very good innings and some bad ones but after getting down on themselves in the Jasper game, they continued to fight back and if they made an error, they didn't let up.

Kohnert had not pitched an inning in league play and he did a fantastic job, he added, saying all the pitchers, Seibert, Arnold, Kohnert and May, pitched very well. After early struggles, Hunter Herzog started hitting the ball as did Arnold, Seibert, Larry Holman and Drake Duke. While Dylan May struggled a little at the plate, he made good plays at first base.

Casey May hit the ball hard but seemed to find someone's glove until the last two games when he got some hits, Slunder said. Brandon Gaynor made a good catch and hit some timely singles. Logan Simpson had two timely hits in the Newburgh game and Jon Scherner was patient and willing to play anywhere he was asked to, Slunder said.