Wildcats edge Tell City

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By Larry Goffinet

ROCKPORT—Mater Dei scored the winning run on a ground out in the bottom of the seventh to edge Tell City 5-4 in the Class 2A baseball sectional semifinals Monday.

Tell City led much of the game, fell behind by a run in the fifth inning, and then came back to tie the score 4-4 in the sixth with the help of some aggressive base running by pinch-runner Cordell Snyder.

Jordan Heck hit a double to left field to lead off the top of the sixth inning for the Marksmen, and Snyder went in to run for him.

The Rebels threw behind Snyder to try to pick him off second base, but he continued to third on the play.

One out later that allowed him to score the tying run on a ground out by Nick Kleaving.

Tell City turned a 1-6-3 double play to stop Mater Dei from getting a rally started in the bottom of the sixth.

Mike Schneider led off the bottom of the seventh with a single up the middle, though, and Adam Blankenberger followed with a walk.

Brad Wannemuehler forced Blankenberger out at second, sending Schneider to third.

The Marksmen then tried to turn an inning-ending double play on Cody Hess’ grounder to the shortstop. But the second baseman appeared to have trouble getting the ball out of his glove and Hess was safe at first, allowing Schneider to score the winning run.

Shane Weedman hit a three-run homer for Tell City in the first inning.

Trent Benningfield had led off the game with a walk. After he advanced to second on Mike Maddle’s ground out, Trent Gunn was intentionally walked.

Asked if he was surprised that the Wildcats walked Gunn intentionally in the first inning, Tell City Coach Mark Wahl said, “Yes and no. I guess they wanted to see if (Kyle) Osborne could make them pay.”

Osborne did hit a deep shot that was caught in dead center field against the 427-foot sign on the fence.

“That ball that Kyle hit would have been out of any other high school park in southern Indiana,” said Wahl.

Weedman followed and did not hit the ball as far but pulled it over the left-field fence.

Tell City outhit Mater Dei 10-8, with Osborne, Heck and Dayne Seibert each getting two of the Marksmen’s hits.

Trent Benningfield pitched a complete game for the Marksmen, striking out six and walking two.

“He did a great job,” said Wahl. “That’s a great hitting team.”

Tell City finished the season 16-13.

Mater Dei took a 21-4 record to the championship game and beat South Spencer 4-3 for the title Tuesday.