Indians secure SEC White championship after splitting two games with Adrian
Tecumseh’s varsity softball team finished in first place in the Southeastern Conference White Division after splitting a pair of games with visiting Adrian on Monday, May 20.Tecumseh won the first game 4-3 with Emily Maves (14-2) striking out 10 in seven innings of work.The Indians (26-5-3 overall, 13-3 SEC) lost 9-8 in the second game with Kelsey Smith (1-1) throwing four innings and striking out five.It was Senior Night and Tecumseh’s six graduating seniors, Emily Maves (captain), Mattie Wright (captain), Kylie Hill (captain), Kelsey Rendell, Kelsey Smith and Karly Smith, were honored between the games.Tecumseh played in an Ann Arbor Softball Tournament over the Saturday, May 18 weekend and went 5-1 to place third.Tecumseh defeated East Kentwood 10-0 in just five innings to start the two day tournament.Maves threw a two hitter with seven strikeouts for the win. Mattie Wright went 3-for-3 (a single, double, triple, 2 RBI) while Kelsea Kaliszuk, Katie Martin (2 RBI) and Morgan Monahan each went 2-for-3 at the plate.Tecumseh won 7-4 in its second game against Garden City with Kayla Kormos (9-1) allowing three runs over six innings for the win. Maves pitched the final inning for the save. Kaliszuk was 3-for-3 (2 runs) while Kelsey Rendell and Katie Martin had two hits (including doubles) each.After going 2-0 on Friday, the Indians won their next two pool play games and advanced to bracket play as a No. 1 seed. Twenty teams entered the tournament (4 pools of 5, with the top 2 teams from each pool advancing to bracket play).Tecumseh defeated Clarkston 9-1 with Maves pitching a four-hitter with seven strikeouts.McKenzie Rowe went 4-for-4 at the plate for Tecumseh while Wright and Kaliszuk each had two hits. Katie Martin recorded a two-run home run for Tecumseh.The Indians followed with a big 16-5 victory in just five innings over Ann Arbor Pioneer in game four.Kormos (10-1), Kelsey Smith and Kayla Wild all pitched for Tecumseh and combined for 10 strikeouts. Twelve Tecumseh players accounted for 19 hits with Katie Martin providing three hits and four RBI. McKenzie Rowe, Katie Martin and Morgan Monahan all hit home runs.Sterling Heights Stevenson saw the wrath of the Indians in a 12-0 quarterfinal shutout for game five of the tournament.Maves pitched four innings and Kayla Wild pitched one inning to combine for a no-hitter. Kaliszuk and Claire Burnett each had three hits, while Wright, Rowe, and Kelsey Rendell each had two hits. Rendell recorded her eighth home run of the season in the game.Tecumseh lost 5-1 against Wayland Union in the tournament semifinal. Kormos and Anneka Hart pitched in the loss. Tecumseh’s lone run was scored by McKenzie Rowe with Rendell hitting her in with an RBI triple. Maves and Kaliszuk were each named to the All-Tournament Team.Tecumseh swept visiting Dexter in two games at home on Thursday, May 16.The Indians won the first game 15-5 in just five innings of action. Maves went the distance, recording 10 strikeouts while giving up only three hits.Tecumseh won the second game 13-12 in seven innings. Kormos was the Indians starting pitcher. Maves pitched the final two outs in the seventh inning to pick up the win.Tecumseh first year head coach Jeff Nowak mentioned that as a team the Indians had one of their best offensive performances of the year, combining for 30 hits during the two games.