Vikings shut out Tell City

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By Larry Goffinet

BRETZVILLE - North Posey had 13 hits, including five for extra bases, as it beat Tell City 13-0 in the first round of the Class 2A girls softball sectional Monday and Tuesday.

Tell City had only three hits, all singles, and never got a runner past second base. North Posey pitcher Jordan Redman walked no one and the Vikings committed only one error.

Tell City's Lauren Goffinet led off the bottom of the first inning with a single to left field and was sacrificed to second base by Kyli Smithson.

But a fly ball and a ground out ended the inning.

Paige Gelarden and Josalyn Ress hit consecutive two-out singles for the Marksmen in the fifth inning. But a ground out then ended that threat.

Tell City pitcher Josalyn Ress held North Posey's bats in check the first three innings, limiting the Vikings to two hits and one unearned run in that span.

But the Vikings broke loose for six runs on six hits in the fourth inning, which was interrupted by a 30-minute lightning delay (the game was eventually suspended until Tuesday).

The Marksmen warmed up briefly at the end of the delay but did not look as sharp after it.

But the Vikings, with strong hitters in all nine positions, may have busted the game open eventually anyway.

"North Posey and Gibson Southern are probably the two best hitting teams we've faced all year," said Tell City Coach Dusty Beard. "If they (the Vikings) hit it like they did tonight, they'll beat South Spencer."

Redman had three hits to lead North Posey. Libby Rynkiewich and Lorin Schmitt each hit a home run over the center-field fence.

Ress pitched a complete game for Tell City, striking out four and walking three.

Tell City batters had no strikeouts but hit 12 infield grounders.

Tell City finished the season 8-14. North Posey advanced to the semifinals with a 15-9 record.