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Sluggish defense spells end for Raiders

Ben Logan commits eight errors in sectional final loss to Tippecanoe

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Benjamin Logan catcher Collen Pulfer tags out Tippecanoe’s B.J. Donathan during the first inning of Friday’s Division II sectional championship game at Tecumseh High School. (EXAMIENR PHOTO | MATT HAMMOND)

NEW CARLISLE — A young Benjamin Logan baseball team struggled adjusting to the big stage of the Division II sectional final against state-ranked Tippecanoe here Friday.

The Raiders, who started five sophomores, committed eight errors and made several base running miscues in a 10-1 loss to the Red Devils at Tecumseh High School.

Ranked third in the final Division II state poll, Tippecanoe (26-4) used 10 hits and the rash of Ben Logan defensive mistakes to run away with the win.

Ben Logan was able to get a single and a walk top of the first inning, but both base runners were picked off first base by Tippecanoe left-hander Steven Calhoun.

In the bottom of the first, the Red Devils combined two hits and three Raider errors to put three runs on the scoreboard.

“That was a big momentum shift,” said Ben Logan head coach Jim Fawcett. “We wanted to get on top early, but we didn’t execute in the top of the first inning and then we gave up three runs in the bottom of the first inning.”

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