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Three Tell Citians hope to help Rockport repeat in Legion sectional

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By Larry Goffinet

BOONVILLE—Three players from Tell City will help Rockport try to repeat as American Legion baseball sectional champions this weekend.

Rockport Post 254 will play tourney host Boonville in the opening game 7 p.m. Friday. Post 254 downed Boonville 9-1 June 18 and 17-7 July 2.

Rockport, 17-9, averaged 10.1 runs per game in the regular season and allowed 5.0.

Rockport Manager Jim Haaff, who has won 34 Legion sectionals, said, “I don’t think it’s realistic to think we are going to hold teams to one or two runs per game. We haven’t done it, so we are going to rely on our offense.”

With 12 players hitting better than .300, that may be something Rockport can get away with.

Three of those .300 hitters are Tell City seniors Trent Gunn, Shane Weedman and Trent Benningfield.

Rockport has such a power-packed lineup that Gunn, who hit 11 homers and drove in 54 runs for Tell City this spring, usually bats leadoff.

He is batting .379 with two home runs in 16 games for Rockport. Both homers came in  a 4-3 win over Shelbyville, Ky., July 3.

He also has nine doubles, 18 RBIs and 21 runs scored.

Weedman is hitting .344 with two homers and 17 RBIs in 20 games.

He has four doubles and has scored 13 runs.

Benningfield, a pitcher-outfielder, is hitting .333 with 12 RBIs in 20 games.

Benningfield and Weedman are tied with Chaz Ferguson for the team lead in pitching victories with three.

Benningfield is 3-1 with a 4.27 earned run average. He has struck out 20 and walked 16 in 332⁄3 innings.

Weedman is 3-0 with a 6.38 ERA in 24 innings. He has struck out 11 and walked eight and has pitched two complete games.

Gunn has struck out four in 31⁄3 innings of relief without giving up a run.

The winner of Friday’s game will play Newburgh at 4 p.m. Saturday and the loser will play at 7 p.m. Saturday in the three-team, double-elimination tourney.

Newburgh defeated Rockport twice in June, but Rockport downed Newburgh 17-7 in seven innings July 7.

The championship game will be Sunday at 1 p.m., or approximately 4 p.m. if the losers bracket winner forces the extra game.