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By CLAY CUNNINGHAM
ROCKPORT—Tell City scored three seventh-inning runs to stun South Spencer 10-9 in PAC baseball Saturday.
The Marksmen were down 9-7 going into the final inning, but Austin Paulin led off with a double. After Drew Mowery hit a bloop single and stole second, the Marksmen had runners at second and third with no outs.
Next batter Trent Rainey hit a soft grounder to second base. Though it would have scored Paulin, Rebel second baseman Charleston Roberts had a chance to keep the tying run at third while recording the inning’s first out.
The ball rolled past him into the outfield, though, allowing Mowery to tie the game at 9.
With one out, Ryan Dooley had a bunt single and Brian Arnold walked to load the bases.
Trent Zuelly then walked on four pitches, scoring Rainey to put Tell City ahead 10-9.
Brandon Lehr reached base with a one-out single in the bottom of the seventh for South Spencer, but was stranded as C.J. Rowe got the next two batters to fly out.
The comeback was an impressive one for Tell City, which fell behind 8-4 in the third inning. Seven of those Rebel runs were unearned, thanks to three Marksman errors.
But the offense kept the Marksmen alive. They scored once in each the fourth, fifth and sixth innings before pulling ahead in the seventh.
Spenser Beard went 3 for 4 with a triple, a double, four RBIs, and three runs scored to lead the Marksmen’s offense. Casey May and Hunter Rowe had two RBIs apiece.
C.J. Rowe, who was tagged for five runs in his first 11⁄3 innings of relief, was solid down the stretch, shutting the Rebels out the final three innings.
Tell City Coach Jason Wilkerson said he contemplated replacing Rowe, who was just two days removed from having his wisdom teeth pulled, in the seventh inning, but the sophomore told him, “You’re not taking the ball from me.”
“That’s all I needed to hear,” Wilkerson said.
The game left Tell City and South Spencer each 3-2 overall, 1-1 in the PAC.
After blowing a 7-4 lead in a 10-9 loss against South Central Thursday, Wilkerson said it could have been very damaging to team morale to squander another close game Saturday, and that the win was “absolutely huge for our confidence.
“I couldn’t be prouder of our kids for how they played.”
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Tell City 202 111 3 -10 14 3
South Spencer 107 100 0 - 9 10 3
Goffinet, C. Rowe (3) and Paulin; Lehr, Webb (3), Toler (6), Stallings (7) and Kuester. W-Rowe (2-0). L-Toler (0-1).
2B-Beard, TC; May, TC; Paulin, TC. 3B-Beard, TC; Lehr, SS. HR-Duvall, SS.