Wildcats shut out Marksmen

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Sports Editor

BRETZVILLE—Laura Schmitt and Ashlyn Spahn combined to drive in seven runs as Mater Dei beat Tell City 11-0 in the first round of the Class 2A girls softball sectional Monday.
Mater Dei, ranked No. 2 in the state, pretty much put the game away with six runs in the first inning,
Schmitt hit a two-run double to deep center field that inning. Two batters later, Spahn hit a three-run homer over the left-field fence.
The Wildcats added three unearned runs in the second inning to increase their lead to 9-0.
Tell City committed two errors that inning—its only errors of the game—on consecutive batters. A wild pitch and a bloop single just over the shortstop’s head produced one run.
Schmitt followed with a bloop double to right to drive in two more runs.
Tell City second baseman Sydney Goffinet then made a nice catch on a line drive up the middle and doubled Schmitt off second base to escape further damage that inning.
Tell City had only two runners reach base the entire game.
Mater Dei ace Carolyn Wilmes struck out four of the six batters she faced in the first two innings, giving her 294 strikeouts for the season.
Sophomore Haley Wininger then relieved her. She walked Goffinet, the first batter she faced.
Goffinet advanced to second base on a wild pitch and to third on Derrian Zabel’s ground out, but a strike out ended the inning.
Stori Beard singled to left with two out in the fourth inning for Tell City’s only hit.
Jessie Wheatley followed with a line drive that appeared headed for the gap in left-center. But left fielder Jessica Hunt made a nice running catch to rob her of a hit.
Goffinet and Shannon Bryant hit hard line drives in the fifth inning but Winiger snagged both of them.
Bailey Sandage pitched the first four innings for Tell City, giving up nine hits and two walks, hitting two batters, and striking out none.
Bryant pitched the last inning. She gave up one run on two hits, hit one batter, walked none, and struck out none.
“I thought Bailey threw a pretty decent game,” said Tell City Coach John Hayes. “We knew they were going to hit her because they have a really good team.
“I thought Shannon came in and did a nice job too.”
As for the early part of the game, Hayes said, “Obviously when you’re facing a pitcher with 290 strikeouts coming into the game and they’re ranked second in the state, you know it’s going to be tough.
“I expected McKenzie (Hayes) and Stori to make contact against her (they did) and I knew our younger kids were going to struggle because they’re freshmen and sophomores. But we’ve come a long way.”
Beard’s single gave her a .306 batting average, giving her the team lead for the season. Hayes hit .298 and Wheatley .261 but no one else hit over .196. Three starters hit under .100.
Beard and Wheatley tied for the team lead in RBIs with four for the season. Hayes led the team in runs scored with nine.
Tell City finished the season with a 2-19 record. Mater Dei advanced to Wednesday’s semifinals with a 25-2 record.