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By LARRY GOFFINET
TELL CITY—Tell City played errorless defense and made the most of its three hits to beat Southridge 4-3 in PAC girls softball Tuesday.
The Marksmen scored what proved to be the decisive run in the sixth inning without a hit.
Stori Beard walked, stole second base, went to third on a wild pitch, and scored on Derrian Zabel’s ground out to the second baseman.
That put the Marksmen up 4-1 and enabled them to withstand two Raider runs in the top of the seventh.
The Raiders, who also had only three hits in the game, had only one infield single that inning but took advantage of a walk, a hit batsman, a wild pitch, and an RBI ground out.
Tell City jumped to a 2-0 run in the first inning. With one out, McKenzie Hayes doubled to right-center field and Madison Schuetter singled up the middle.
Hayes scored on Beard’s grounder to the shortstop. The Raiders failed to record an out on that play because the shortstop looked at Schuetter too long at second before throwing to first.
The next batter struck out for the second out, but Schuetter later scored as Zabel reached base on an error by the third baseman.
Hayes reached base on a throwing error by the shortstop in the third inning. She stole second base and scored on Beard’s single to right.
Beard led the Marksmen with two RBIs.
Freshman Madison Schuetter pitched a complete game for the win. She walked five and struck out one.
Her teammates made several nice plays behind her.
Center fielder Julie Lindauer made a diving catch of a liner in the second inning and the Marksmen turned a double play in the first on a grounder to first baseman Hayes. She stepped on the bag and fired home to catcher Monica Bartley, who tagged the runner coming from third base.
“Our defense was so good today compared to the last few years,” said Coach John Hayes.
This was Tell City’s opening game while Southridge fell to 1-2.
“We’ve got to hit better,” said John Hayes. “But it was our first time out and a conference game with a freshman pitcher and catcher, and I thought both played extremely well.”
Tell City will visit North Posey Friday at 5:30 p.m.