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By LARRY GOFFINET
TELL CITY—Tell City took better advantage of its opponents’ defensive mistakes to beat Perry Central 9-4 in baseball Monday.
Tell City’s Chris Schaefer and Perry Central’s Anthony Mosby gave strong pitching performances, but there weren’t many other outstanding features in the game.
Neither team hit the ball really hard, with neither getting an extra-base hit. Five of Tell City’s 10 hits and three of Perry Central’s four were infield hits.
Tell City committed four errors that led to three unearned runs.
Perry Central committed five errors that led to two unearned runs and also failed to record an important out on a fielder’s choice grounder in the first inning, which led to Tell City’s first two runs.
After Casey May walked and stole second base with one out, Spenser Beard hit a grounder to the third baseman. He looked May back too long at second and was then unable to throw out the speedy Beard at first.
“He’s got to be able to come up and look him back and throw at the same time,” said Perry Central Coach Phil Zellers.
Beard then stole second, but Austin Paulin struck out for what could have been the third out.
Instead, Trent Rainey followed with a two-run single to short center field to give the Marksmen a 2-0 lead.
Perry Central got one of those runs back in the fourth inning with infield hits by Austin Linne and Tanner Cassidy and a two-out, RBI single up the middle by Mosby.
Tell City took control, though, with four runs in the bottom of the inning on five hits and one walk.
Paulin singled home two runs that inning, and Brian Arnold and Beard each drove in one.
Arnold, Beard and Rainey each finished with two hits. Paulin and Rainey each had two RBIs.
No one had more than one hit for the Commodores. Andrew Mosby and Anthony Mosby had their only RBIs.
Schaefer pitched six innings to earn his fourth win of the season. He gave up three hits and four walks and struck out six.
Three of the walks came in the sixth inning, when he seemed to tire.
“Through the first 85 pitches, he’s as good as we’ve got,” said Tell City Coach Jason Wilkerson. “He threw 109 tonight.
“I was going to get him out of there (with fewer pitches), but then we booted three balls that one inning and made him throw more pitches.”
Mosby walked three and struck out five as he pitched a complete game for the Commodores, throwing a lot of off-speed pitches.
“Mosby did a heck of a job of keeping us off balance tonight, and we didn’t do a very good job adjusting,” said Wilkerson.
“I thought Anthony threw a good game and kept them off balance,” agreed Zellers. “But he’s got to become a fielder after he throws the ball. Defensively, we gave them too many outs.
“It was a game of defensive mistakes and missed opportunities. We had the bases loaded a couple of times and didn’t convert.
“But we competed. We’re huge steps ahead of the last time we played them (an 11-1 Tell City win May 1).”
Perry Central did make some nice defensive plays, including shortstop Tanner Cassidy and third baseman Trey Mullis’ catching line drives and turning them into double plays.
Beard made a nice running catch in center field on a ball hit by Mullis in the seventh inning.