Patience at the plate pays off for Indians
Timely hitting and spot on pitching gave Tecumseh’s varsity softball team a pair of victories against visiting Ann Arbor Skyline on Friday, May 9.“We played very well tonight in all three phases of the game,” said Tecumseh head coach Jeff Nowak. “We were very patient at the plate and took what they gave us. I was very proud of the entire team tonight.”The Eagles fell 10-0 in game one with Kayla Kormos pitching the entire six innings in the mercy-ruled contest. She logged 12 strikeouts and allowed just three hits to improve her season record to 7-2 overall.Katie Martin led the Indians at the plate once again, going 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Tyffanni Bryan was 2-for-4 with her third home run of the year, a three-run home run shot, and had four RBI. Kelsea Kaliszuk and Danielle Nowak added a pair of hits each while Kormos added a single.Tecumseh won 13-2 in just five innings in the second game.Kayla Wild was the Indians’ starting pitcher and threw three innings. She struck out three and allowed only two hits to improve to 6-0 this year. Anneka Hart went in on relief and struck out two while not giving up a hit.McKenzie Rowe was 2-for-2 at the plate while Claire Burnett was 1-for-1 with a sacrifice fly and three RBI.Hart and Maggie Foss each had two RBI on singles while Katie Martin picked up two RBI on a sacrifice fly and a single. Kaliszuk, Morgan Monahan and Baylee Beyer each added one hit each.The Indians won the Canton Classic Softball Tournament the following day, Saturday, May 10, and had Kormos named Tournament MVP.“We played great softball today, playing four pretty good teams,” said coach Nowak. “We continued to have good at bats; being patient with timely hitting. We played some small ball at times to move runners and really played complete softball. Our pitchers were once again fantastic today.”Tecumseh beat Plymouth 5-3 in game one with Kormos pitching a complete game and striking out five. Nowak said that key hitting with two hits each from Rowe, Martin, Monahan, Kormos and Burnett helped pick up the win.Tecumseh tied Belleville 4-4 in five innings when the time limit was enforced to end the game.Hart went in on relief in the second inning and finished the game, allowing no runs while striking out two in 3 1/3 innings.Danielle Nowak was 2-for-3 while Bryan hit her fourth home run of the season to lead the Indians’ offense.A single from Monahan, a double by Foss, another single from Hart and a double from Rowe scored two runs to tie the game in the fourth inning.Tecumseh beat Livonia Ladywood 6-4 in seven innings in game three.Kormos went the distance in the circle and struck out four to improve her season record to 9-2.Bryan was 2-for-4 and Danielle Nowak was 2-for-3 to lead Tecumseh at the plate. Hart had a two-run single in the bottom of the fifth inning with two outs, breaking a 4-4 tie and giving the Indians a 6-4 lead.In the championship game against Macomb Dakota, Tecumseh won 6-1 in seven innings.Kayla Wild pitched six innings and allowed one run while striking out two and improved to 7-0 with the win. Kormos pitched the final frame to seal the win.Tecumseh’s Danielle Nowak was 3-for-4: Foss was 2-for-3 and Hart was 2-for-3. Bryan recorded a triple. McKenzie Rowe (double), Monahan, and Kormos each added a hit.The Indians improved to 16-2-1 overall with the wins. Tecumseh is 7-2 in the Southeastern Conference White Division.