Tell City shuts out Perry Central

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By Larry Goffinet

TELL CITY—Tell City hit well and fielded well to beat Perry Central 11-0 in girls softball Monday.

The Marksmen had nine hits, including four doubles, in just four innings of batting, as they won the game in five innings by the 10-run rule.

Six Perry Central errors also helped Tell City’s cause, contributing to seven unearned runs.

The Marksmen scored six runs in the first inning. Kyli Smithson walked, stole second base, and scored the first run on Josalyn Ress’ single to left field.

Courtesy runner Tory Coyle then stole second base and scored when the center fielder dropped a fly ball hit by Amber Thomas.

Courtney Cain followed with a two-run double to deep center field. She scored on Hana Reed’s single to left.

After a walk to Sydney Grass and a passed ball, Paige Gelarden singled home two more runs.

The Marksmen scored three more runs in the second inning on a single by grass, a double by Jamie Brinksneader, and four errors.

They added two runs in the third on doubles by Smithson and Ress sandwiched around an error by the left fielder.

“Our defense wasn’t as good as I thought it would be,” said Perry Central Coach Greg Gibson. “We didn’t make some plays and we didn’t get a good jump on some balls.

“And we didn’t communicate very well (one dropped ball was caused by two outfielders colliding).

“I thought Cassie Wilgus didn’t pitch a bad game.”

Wilgus walked two and struck out two for the Commodores.

Ress pitched a one-hitter for Tell City. She walked none and struck out eight—all on swinging third strikes.

“Josalyn pitched well,” said Tell City Coach Dusty Beard. “She was using all her pitches today.

“She used her change-up a lot. She had them off stride, and then they were late on her fastball.”

Most of the balls hit against her were to the right side of the infield. First baseman Thomas had five putouts and two assists and second baseman Gelarden had four assists and two putouts.

The Marksmen did not commit an error.

Perry Central’s only baserunners came in the second inning. Emily Tempel reached base on a dropped third strike and Kristi Brumfield followed with a clean single to left.

A ground out to second and a strikeout stranded them on base.

Tell City improved to 2-0 while Perry Central fell to 0-4.

The Marksmen will host Northeast Dubois today at 4:30 p.m. Perry Central will visit Charlestown Friday at 5.