Tell City routs all 3 district opponents

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By Larry Goffinet

TELL CITY—Tell City scored 50 runs in three games to win the age-14 District 5 Babe Ruth title last weekend.

Tell City won all three games by the 10-run rule.

Cody Osborne led Tell City with an .875 batting average including two two-run homers.

Austin Paulin posted an .800 average, going 8 for 10 with six singles and two doubles. Jimmy Phillips batted .714, going 5 for 7 with a double.

Other high batting averages included Rhett Baumeister’s .571, Drew Mowery and Dakota Braunecker each at .500, and Reese Miller .444.

Coach Evan Rothgerber’s team also had strong pitching and defense, giving up only eight runs in three games.

Tell City beat the North Harrison Cougars 19-5 in the first game Saturday after jumping to a 12-0 lead in the top of the first inning.

Paulin had three of Tell City’s 13 hits for the game and Mowery added two hits.

Tell City also drew 11 walks.

Baumeister pitched five innings for the win. He gave up only two hits and four walks and struck out three.

Tell City backed him with errorless defense.

Braunecker pitched the last inning for Tell City.

Osborne went 4 for 4 with three singles and a two-run homer as Tell City trounced Corydon 17-1 in five innings in its next game Saturday.

Paulin added two doubles and a single and reached base on an error in his other at-bat.  Phillips and Schaefer each added two hits.

Mowery pitched the first four innings for the win, allowing only one run on two hits.

Christopher Schaefer closed out Corydon in the fifth inning with two strikeouts and a pop-up to first baseman Grant Sanders.

Tell City scored 10 runs in the bottom of the first inning to cruise to a 14-2 win over North Harrison in the championship game Sunday.

Baumeister got his second win of the series, allowing only one run on four hits while striking out five in four innings.

Osborne pitched the last inning, allowing two hits and posting one strikeout.

A North Harrison base-running mistake resulted in a six-player Tell City run-down for the final out of the tourney. 

Osborne led Tell City hitters with a single and his second two-run home of the series.

Baumeister added thee hits, Mowery, Paulin and Phillips had two apiece, and Sanders, Braunecker, Miller, Tristan Simmons, and Nathan Freeman each added one hit.

Tell City’s defense recorded no errors in the championship game.

Tell City was switched from District 4 to District 5 this year and “I’d say this district is relatively easier,” said Rothgerber.

Rothgerber, who was one of the coaches of this group last year when it finished fourth in the five-team, age-13 District 4 tourney, also said, “Our pitching was a lot better in the district tourney this year than last year.

“And Austin Paulin, our catcher, played very well. He threw a couple of guys (trying to steal) out—we haven’t had that in a while.

“I knew we had a good team, but I didn’t expect us to go out and run-rule everybody and hit the ball like we did.”

Up next for Tell City is the Southern State tourney at Newburgh’s Mulzer Field this weekend.

It was scheduled to be a 10-team tourney, with winners and runners-up from five districts competing. But three teams had dropped out at press time.

“I think we have a very good chance if we pitch as well as we did this weekend and hit the ball well again,” said Rothgerber.

Tell City is scheduled to play its first game Friday at 5 p.m.