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Tell City finishes 1-2 in southwest regional

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By Larry Goffinet

TELL CITY - Clay County rallied for two runs in the ninth inning to beat Tell City 7-5 in the age-15 Babe Ruth southwest regional state tourney Sunday evening.

That eliminated Tell City from the six-team, double-elimination tourney with a 1-2 record.

Tell City also lost a close game to Clay County 7-5 in the first round Friday but came back to rout Bloomington 16-0 Sunday afternoon.

Tell City made only one error against Clay County Sunday until the ninth inning and then committed three.

"In the end we let too many routine plays get by us," said Tell City Coach Brad Stiles.

"But I can't really totally blame it on the ninth inning. We had chances before that.

"We played a really good game overall. Our pitching was good."

Trent Benningfield pitched the first four innings, walking four and striking out one.

Trent Gunn pitched the last six innings, giving up one hit and one walk and striking out six.

Shane Weedman went 3 for 4 with a double to lead Tell City's eight-hit attack.

Ethan Herzog hit a two-run double to tie the score in the seventh after Benningfield and Gunn walked.

Tell City exploded for 15 hits in its win over Bloomington.

Nick Kleaving, Benningfield, Gunn, Weedman, Jeff Braun, Cordell Snyder and Colton Thomas each had two hits, with Benningfield getting a triple and Kleaving, Gunn, Weedman and Braun each hitting a double.

Gunn and Braun combined to pitch a two-hitter. Gunn walked one and struck out one in one inning and Braun struck out four in four innings.

Tell City fell behind early in its first-round loss to Clay County but rallied for six runs in the bottom of the seventh to make the score close.

Tell City had the tying runs on second and third base with one out that inning. But an infield pop-up and a ground out to the third baseman ended the game.

Tell City had four hits that game, all in the seventh inning. One was a double by Herzog.

Benningfield pitched the first five innings of that game, striking out four, walking one, and giving up four runs.

Weedman was tagged for six runs in the sixth inning.

Clay County went on to finish second to Newburgh in the tourney.