Indian hardballers drop own invite

Monroe Jefferson claimed the title to Tecumseh’s varsity baseball Invitational on Saturday, May 4, with a tight 2-1 win over the hosting Indians in game one and a big 14-2 five inning win to follow over East Jackson.Eric Eldred recorded the pitching loss in game one against the tournament winners. He pitched all seven innings and gave up both unearned runs on three hits while walking two and striking out six. Andrew Wood led Tecumseh’s offense with a 2-for-3 effort at the plate that included a RBI.“We lost a tough one today,” said Tecumseh coach Tom Bullinger. “Eldred pitched a great game. He gave up only three hits and we couldn’t get it done offensively for him to get the win.“We have to understand that we can’t take the little things for granted. We have to learn from this game and get better at doing those little things.”Monroe Jefferson beat East Jackson 14-2 in game two in only five innings.Tecumseh beat East Jackson 12-2 in their second game, also in just five innings.Ben Vannatter earned the pitching win, throwing five innings and giving up two runs, one earned, on three hits while walking two and striking out six.“We did a better job in the second game,” said Bullinger. “Ben did a good job throwing strikes and our offense produced.” Spencer Adams (2-for-3, double, 2 runs, 2 RBI) led the Indians’ offense. Also adding hits were Eldred (1-for-3, double, 2 runs, 3 RBI), Vannatter (1-for-1, double, 3 runs, RBI), Phil Carey (1-for-2, double, 2 runs) and Wood (1-for-3, double).Tecumseh followed with a two game loss against visiting Bedford on Monday, May 6. The Kicking Mules beat the Indians 4-3 in the first game and 7-4 in the second game.Carey (7 ip, 4 runs, 2 earned, 8 hits, 1 BB, 11 K’s) recorded the loss on the mound.Eldred, Wood (RBI), and Nick Cowen (RBI), each had hits for Tecumseh. The Indians’ took a 3-2 lead when Casey Hunt stole home with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning.“We couldn’t hold the lead in the 6th and 7th. One was on a tough call from the umpire and the other by two errors,” said Bullinger.Sam Benschoter (6 ip, 5 runs, 6 hits, 4BB, 5 K's) recorded the loss from the hill in game two.The Indians produced six hits. Cowen and Carey each went 2-for-3 at the plate with two-run home runs. Britt recorded a double.“Phil got stronger as the game went on,” said Bullinger. “He gave up a few runs early, but really settled down and got himself out of some trouble. We battled at the plate even though we only had three hits.” Bullinger said that Benschoter pitched well enough for the win in the second game but the team just couldn’t get anything going except for the two big home runs by Cowen and Carey. Tecumseh fell to 11-7 overall and 7-2 in the league with the losses.Tecumseh swept visiting Ypsilanti Lincoln on Thursday, May 2, beating the Railsplitters 12-2 in game one and 2-0 in game two with Jacob Britt recording a no-hitter.Wood earned the win in the opener. He pitched five innings and gave up two earned runs on five hits while walking one and striking out eight.The Indians’ offense recorded 13 hits. Vannatter went 3-for-3 with a double, three runs scored and three RBI. Also adding hits for Tecumseh were Spencer Adams (2-for-3, double, 3 RBI), Nick Cowen (2-for-2, 2 runs, 2 RBI) and Eldred (2-for-2)Britt went the entire distance on the hill to record the evening’s no-hitter. He walked four and struck out 10 in seven innings.Tecumseh produced four hits in the game, led by Carey (1-for-2, double).“Jacob Britt did an outstanding job with all his pitches,’ said Bullinger. “He kept Lincoln’s hitters off balance and kept us in the game. We didn’t get our bats going in that second game and we needed Jacob to have that kind of game for us.”Tecumseh split at Ann Arbor Huron on Monday, April 29, winning the first game 3-2 in an extended eight innings but losing the second game 5-2 in just five innings.The second game was called in the bottom of the sixth inning due to darkness with the score reverting back to the last inning.Carey recorded the win with an extended eight inning showing on the hill. He gave up two runs, one earned, on six hits while walking one and striking out four.Recording hits for the Indians were Casey Hunt (1-for-4, run, stolen base), Eldred (1-for-3) and Michael Savoia (1-for-3, game winning RBI).Ben Vannatter was hit by a pitch with one out in the eighth inning. He stole second base and then scored on Savoia’s single with two outs.Sam Benschoter (4 2/3 ip, 5 runs, 5 earned, 5 hits, 5 BB, 2 K's) recorded the loss in the nightcap. Eldred (1/3 ip, 1 K) was sent in on relief.Carey (2-for-3, run), Britt (1-for-3, HR), Wood (1 for 2 double) and Cowen (1 for 1, RBI) recorded hits for Tecumseh.

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