Tecumseh wins Carleton Airport Invitational to open season
A three game sweep to open the season gave Tecumseh’s varsity baseball team the championship title at Carleton Airport’s Invitational on Saturday, April 6.
“We played three very good teams today and I was very pleased of how we responded to some adversity,” said Tecumseh coach Tom Bullinger. “Our pitchers did a great job of throwing strikes and we hit the ball better than expected.”
Tecumseh won the first game 4-2 against Bay City Western with Phil Carey picking up the opening season game win.
Carey pitched six innings and gave up one earned run on eight hits while striking out three and giving up no walks.
Eric Eldred earned the save on one inning of work, giving up one run on one hit while striking out one.
The Indians’ offense was led by Spencer Adams with two hits and a run. Also adding runs for Tecumseh were Nick Cowen, Jacob Britt (1 RBI) and Andrew Wood.
Tecumseh coach Tom Bullinger said that his Indians scored all four runs in the sixth inning off a replacement pitcher.
“We had 14 strikeouts on the day and that is too many,” said Bullinger. “We had a couple of errors that led to the first run, but Phil was able to keep us into the game until we finally got on the board in the sixth inning. We had the top of the order that inning and they did a good job of getting on base to give us a chance to score.”
Tecumseh edged Airport 8-7 with lefty Andrew Wood earning the win. He threw six innings and gave up two runs on six hits while walking one and striking out six.
Eldred again recorded a save, pitching 2/3 of an inning and allowing no runs on one hit.
Tecumseh’s offense produced 16 hits, led by Carey (3 hits, 1 run) and Eldred (3 hits, 2 RBI). Adding two hits each were Spencer Adams, Grant Anschuetz (1 RBI) and Ben Vannatter (1 run). Michael Savoia added one hit and two RBI.
“We hit the ball a lot better this game,” said Bullinger. “We even had some hard hit balls for outs. Our bottom of the order really stepped up in this game and had some good at bats. The coach was pleased with Woods first performance on the hill for the Indians.
“Andrew pitched a very good game, we just didn't finish the game like we would have liked,” Bullinger said. “We had too many walks and errors in that seventh inning, which gave them a chance to come back. Eldred did a great job in finishing that game after spending the first 6 1/3 innings behind the plate. He has the experience of that kind of pressure from last year and it showed today.”
Tecumseh’s offense blasted Pinconning for a 10-0 mercy ruled win in just five innings.
Cowen went the distance for the pitching win, allowing no runs on three hits while walking four and striking out seven.
Jacob Britt (4 RBI) opened the game up with a huge three run triple. He finished with two hits in the game along with Vannatter (2 RBI, 2 runs) and Eldred (2 runs). Jeff Arnett recorded a RBI double.
Tecumseh is scheduled to play next at Onsted on Thursday, April 11.