Tell City stops North Posey

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By Larry Goffinet

ROCKPORT—Trent Gunn drove in four runs as Tell City trounced North Posey 10-2 in the first round of the Class 2A baseball sectional Saturday.

Gunn tripled to right-center field in the first inning to stake the Marksmen to a 1-0 lead. That hit scored Trent Benningfield, who led off the game with a single up the middle.

The Marksmen added two runs in the third inning.

Nick Kleaving walked, Mike Maddle was hit by a pitch, and Gunn and Shane Weedman hit RBI singles.

Gunn added a two-run homer on a high fly ball that carried over the left-field fence in the Marksmen’s six-run fifth inning.

That gave him 11 homers and 54 RBIs for the season, extending his school records in both categories. Just a junior, he also tied Brett King’s school career home run record of 16.

Kyle Osborne followed Gunn’s homer with a triple that just got past the center fielder in the right-center gap.

Osborne later scored on Dayne Seibert’s two-run single to right.

North Posey pitchers also had some control problems that inning, hitting two batters and walking one.

They hit four batters and walked five for the game.

Weedman held the Vikings to six hits—all singles—with last-inning relief help from Trent Nelson.

Weedman walked six, but he scattered the hits and walks so that the Vikings never mounted a serious scoring threat until the fifth inning.

The first two innings they had two outs before they got anyone on base.

Their first hitter reached base in the third and fourth innings. But in the third he was thrown out trying to steal and in the fourth he was erased on a 4-6-3 double play.

The Marksmen would have turned another double play but the first baseman’s mitt broke as the ball hit the webbing, allowing the ball to fall to the ground.

Tell City committed only one error, which led to an unearned run in the fifth inning.

“The field was in great shape and played really well,” said Tell City Coach Mark Wahl.

Tell City outhit the Vikings 12-6 as Benningfield and Gunn each had three hits and Seibert added two.

Mason Lingafelter gave up six runs in four-plus innings for the Vikings to take the loss.

“We picked a bad time not to pitch well and not to hit the ball,” said North Posey Coach Rusty Seymour. “And they (the Marksmen) were hitting the ball and doing things well.”

Tell City improved to 16-12 as it avenged a regular-season loss to the Vikings.

North Posey finished the season 18-9.