Indians place second in Blissfield Invitational
Going 2-1 at Blissfield’s Lena’s Pizza Invitational on Saturday, April 12, had Tecumseh’s varsity baseball team finish second behind Midland, the champions of the spring break tournament.Tecumseh opened the day with a solid 9-0 victory over Southgate Anderson with Alex Mukensturm relieving starting pitcher Phil Carey after he threw three innings. Carey struck out two and gave up just one hit before being relieved. Mukensturm gave up two hits and walked two while striking out two in the last four innings.“Our defense played very well in the first game with Southgate Anderson,” said Tecumseh coach Tom Bullinger. “We didn’t make an error and made some good defensive plays.”Tecumseh recorded 11 hits with Carey leading the offense with two doubles and a RBI.Grant Anschuetz also had two hits and a pair of RBI for the Indians while Ben Vannatter had a triple and two RBI. Evan Cadmus had a double and scored two runs for Tecumseh.In game two the Indians struggled right from the start with starting pitcher Nick Cowen giving up a single to the lead off batter and hitting the following three with pitches to score the first game of the contest.“We had too many freebies in the second game with Midland (walks, HB, errors),” said Bullinger. “We really had two bad innings in that game. We battled back and Evan Eldred did a good job of giving us a chance by pitching five solid innings.”Cowen went two innings and gave up six runs, four earned, on four hits while walking one, hitting three and striking out one.Eldred closed the game, pitching the final five innings and giving up four runs on seven hits while striking out four.The Indians were able to get their bats going late in the contest but ran out of innings.“I liked how we swung the bats today,” said Bullinger. “We have to continue to work hard and stay consistent offensively while improving on defense.”Tecumseh produced eight hits with Vannatter recording another triple and two RBI.Jeremy Hatfield (1 hit, 2 runs) and Carey (hit, RBI) also added hits for the Tribe.Tecumseh finished out the day with a 3-1 victory over the hosting Royals to place second in the invitational.Blissfield lost 11-6 against Midland but beat Southgate Anderson 6-4 before falling to the Indians.Sam Benschoter went the entire distance on the mound for Tecumseh. He gave up just one earned run on three hits while striking out 10 and walking three.The Indians offense produced eight hits, led by Cowen (2 hits, double, 2 runs). Mukensturm added a pair of hits while Vannatter recorded a double.The Indians followed with a pair of losses at Saline on Monday, April 14. Tecumseh lost the first game 3-0 with Carey handed the loss after six innings of work. He gave up three runs, one earned on six hits while walking two and striking out three.“Phil battled all day for us,” said Bullinger. “He didn’t have his best stuff, but he was able to pitch out of some jams to keep us in the game. We had two errors that led to two runs in the first inning that we couldn’t overcome.”Ricky Azelton recorded the Indians’ only hit.In game two, Ben Vannatter pitched four innings and allowed eight runs on 10 hits while walking three and striking out two.Trevor Willis pitched one inning of the five-inning game and gave up one hit while striking out two for the Indians.Producing hits for the Indians were Cowen, Benschoter and Mukensturm. Tecumseh is now 4-4 overall (0-1 in the SEC) and plays next at home against Ann Arbor Pioneer.