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By LARRY GOFFINET
BRETZVILLE—North Posey scored 12 runs in the third inning en route to a 16-0 first-round softball sectional win over Tell City Tuesday.
Tell City played stellar defense in the first inning. Shortstop Madison Schuetter caught a pop-up in foul territory and first baseman Monica Bartley reached over the railing in front of North Posey’s dugout to catch a foul pop-up.
Such plays helped the Marksmen trail only 1-0 after two innings.
But they committed three errors in the third inning, including one on a sacrifice bunt, leading to eight unearned runs by the Vikings that inning.
The Marksmen also made a mental error that inning.
With the bases loaded and no outs, Hayley Harness hit a ground ball to the second baseman.
The shortstop was late covering second, but the second baseman could have taken it herself to second or tried for a double play by tagging the runner and throwing to first.
Instead she waited to flip it to the shortstop, and the runner from first beat the throw.
The Vikings also seemed to adjust to the speed of Tell City starter Sydney Goffinet’s pitches that inning and began hitting the ball hard.
After two errors sandwiched around a walk loaded the bases, Kayla Sanford hit a two-run double.
Later in the inning Madison Worman hit a three-run double to deep center field.
Two batters later, Sanford hit a single up the middle to drive in Worman. That gave Sanford two hits and three RBIs for the inning.
Kaitlyn Blankenberger added a two-run double to center in the fifth inning off reliever Schuetter.
The Marksmen had good opportunities to score early but did not capitalize.
They loaded the bases with one out in the first inning on Natalie Peter’s infield hit, a walk to Schuetter, and a single up the middle by Jessie Wheatley.
But a strikeout and a grounder to the shortstop ended that threat.
Singles by Brenee Leibering and Monica Bartley and a sacrifice bunt by Peter put runners on second and third in the second.
But the shortstop caught Schuetter’s line drive for the third out.
The Marksmen loaded the bases again in the third inning on a walk to Goffinet and singles by Lamb and Leibering.
But a strikeout ended that inning.
The Marksmen left eight runners on base in the first three innings.
They made good contact, striking out only four times, but “we hit it to them,” said Tell City Coach Maggie Schuetter.
Leibering went 2 for 3 to lead Tell City’s six-hit attack.
Worman went 3 for 4 with five RBIs to lead North Posey’s attack.
Goffinet pitched the first two innings and to seven batters in the third inning to take the loss. She walked three and struck out none.
Hailey Elderkin pitched the first three innings for North Posey to get the win. She gave up six hits and two walks and struck out four.
Acknowledging Tell City’s nice defensive plays early, Maggie Schuetter said, “The first two innings we hustled and worked hard. And the girls had good attitudes. That’s all I can ask.”
Tell City finished the season 0-19.
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North Posey 01(12) 03 - 16 17 0
Tell City 000 00 - 0 6 3
Elderkin, Ogg (4), Lowe (5) and Worman, Blankenberger (5); Goffinet, Bryant (3), Schuetter (4) and Wheatley. W-Elderkin. L-Goffinet (0-10).
2B-Worman, NP; Sanford, NP; Blankenberger, NP.