Belting out runs no problem for Indians, beat Gabriel Richard 12-1 for district tile
Once Tecumseh’s varsity softball team’s pitchers took care of business in the circle, the Indians’ bats carried them to a district championship on Saturday, May 31, at Adrian, and one step closer to defending the Division 2 state title.The championship final lasted just five innings with Kayla Kormos improving her season record to 15-5 after stunning all but two of Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard’s batters for a quick 12-1 mercy-ruled win. Anneka Hart pitched the final frame and gave up one run to the Fighting Irish but closed out the game to seal the victory.“We were taking very good swings today and we were very patient at the plate,” said Tecumseh coach Jeff Nowak. “With 12 hits in the first game and 14 hits in the second, we put a quite a bit pressure on both teams today.“Our pitching was solid and our defense looked good again today. Fortunately all three phases of the game went well today for us.”Kormos struck out five batters in the game.Katie Martin was 3-for-4 with two RBI for the Indians’ offense while Danielle Nowak was 3-for-4 with a triple. Tyffani Bryan was 2-for-3 with three RBI. She hit her fifth home run of the year, a three-run home run, and also had a double that bounced off the top of the fence. Tecumseh’s McKenzie Rowe was 2-for-4 with an RBI: Maggie Foss had a two-run single; Kelsea Kaliszuk had an RBI single and Wild and Claire Burnett each added a hit. In the District semifinal earlier against Adrian, the Indians won 9-3.Kormos recorded the win, going four innings and allowing no runs on just one hit, while walking one and striking out six. Kayla Wild pitched the final three innings on relief and allowed three runs while striking out three.Morgan Monahan was 3-for-4 with four RBI, including a three-run home run, her fourth of the year. Tyffani Bryan was 3-for-4 with one RBI. Martin had a three-run double and Claire Burnett was 2-for-3. McKenzie Rowe, Danielle Nowak, and Kayla Wild each added a hit.Tecumseh is now 28-6-1 overall.In a previous doubleheader at Dexter on Wednesday, May 28, the Indians lost the first game 1-0 but won the second contest 8-4.Kormos pitched seven innings and gave up four hits while striking out four.Martin, Foss and Danielle Nowak had two hits each.“With nine hits and three walks, we just couldn't get that one extra key hit tonight,” said coach Nowak. “Kayla Kormos threw great tonight keeping people off balanced most of the night.”Wild pitched 4 2/3 innings and allowed four runs on seven hits while striking out four.Hart pitched 2 1/3 innings to pick up the save.Burnett was 2-for-4 with her second home run of the year. Monahan hit a home run while Martin, Danielle Nowak and Bryan added two hits each.