By MICKEY ALVARADO
It was survival of the fittest during the Division 2 District games in Chelsea on Saturday, May 30, with both Onsted and Chelsea making Tecumseh prove they were worthy of claiming this year's title.
The Indians did hang on to pick up yet another district championship but not without biting their nails in both contests. Tecumseh won the semifinal by edging out the Wildcats 1-0 and despite finishing the title final with a 6-1 victory, Tecumseh was toe-to-toe with the Bulldogs until finally busting things wide open in the sixth inning.
The biggest workhorse for the Indians came in the form of a small-framed junior pitcher, Catie Kaliszuk, who threw in every inning of both games. Without her determination when facing trouble in the circle, the Indians could have easily fell completely apart and lost a game to end their season.
“I definitely feel like we survived,” said Tecumseh coach Kristalyn Smith. “We had great pitching, and that's absolutely what kept us in both games.”
Kaliszuk's skills were put to the test several times in the semifinal with Onsted putting runners on the bases in every inning but the seventh. The Wildcats had possibly their best opportunity to score in the fifth inning after loading the bases and having their cleanup hitter at the plate with two outs. However, Onsted's runner at first base took one step too many off the bag and was picked off by senior Maddi Benedict to end the threat.
“It was exciting,” said Kaliszuk, “I think that's what kept me in it, all the excitement. Our team was really pumped.”
Runners thought twice before taking a step too far off the bag with Tecumseh’s Catie Kaliszuk (15) in the circle. While she worked her magic in both district games the rest of the Indians, including home run hitting Gabby Nowak (inset), had to tough it out to get a hit.