Tecumseh wins SEC White title
A two game sweep over visiting Adrian on Monday, May 20, gave Tecumseh’s varsity baseball team the Southeastern Conference (SEC) White Division championship. Tecumseh beat the Maples 10-0 and 6-0.
Tecumseh head coach Tom Bullinger said that good pitching and timely hitting by a number of players led to the title.
“Our seniors have shown great leadership and all eight were able to play together in the second game as a freshman pitched on the mound for us in [Sam] Benschoter,” said Bullinger. “We have a senior class that really gets along and I like how they competed with, and for each other today.”
A sad note to the doubleheader was Tecumseh having assistant coach Al Schmidt leave the team after the action.
“He has been an assistant the last seven years and played for Tecumseh in high school,’ said Bullinger. “He is going to be missed and very difficult to replace. He has been at my side since I first got this job and does so much for the program.”
The Indians improved to 20-10 overall and 13-3 in the SEC with the wins over Adrian.
Andrew Wood (6 ip, 4 hits, 0 BB, 5 K's) pitched the first win while Benschoter (7 ip, 2 hits, 2 BB, 7 K's) recorded the win in game two.
Nick Cowen (3-for-3, double, 2 run HR), Grant Anschuetz (2-for-3, double, HR, 3 RBI) and Eric Eldred (2 RBI) led Tecumseh’s offense in game one.
Evan Sanders (2-for-4), Andrew Wood (2 RBI double) and Anschuetz (2-for-3, double, RBI) led Tecumseh’s offense in game two.
After recording a relatively easy 10-0 five-inning mercy-rule win at home over visiting Dexter on Thursday, May 16, Tecumseh had to fight tooth and nail to beat the Dreadnaughts in game two for a 5-3 victory.
Phil Carey pitched the mercy-ruled win in game one after pitching all five innings. He gave up just two hits while striking out seven and walking none for the win.
Tecumseh’s offense banged out 14 hits, led by Cowen’s 4-for-4 effort that included 2 runs and an RBI.
Other Indian leaders included Eldred (2-for-3, 3 RBI), Ben Vannatter (2-for-3, double, 2 RBI), Spencer Adams (2-for-3, 2 runs, RBI) and Jacob Britt (1-for-3, double, RBI).
Britt pitched the last three innings of game two for the win. He gave up one unearned run on two hits while striking out five and walking none.
Wood was Tecumseh’s starting pitcher. He allowed two unearned runs on three hits, walking one while striking out one in four innings of work.
“I thought we played one of our best offensive games today,” said Bullinger. “I really liked our approach at the plate. We hit a lot of balls hard, especially in the first game. Our pitching has kept us in games all year and our hitting has been up and down. If we keep this same focus, I like our chances. We needed to take two from Dexter if we want to win a SEC [Southeastern Conference] championship.”
Cowen and Britt hit huge back-to-back home runs deep to right-center field in the bottom of the fifth inning to break a 3-3 tie.
Tecumseh recorded eight hits with Britt going 3-for-4 with a triple, a home run, scored two runs and two RBI. Cowen was 1-for-3 with a home run, scored two runs and had an RBI.
Grant Anschuetz (RBI) and Eldred (run) each added a hit.
Tecumseh played at the Mattawan invite on Saturday, May 18 and split two games. Tecumseh won the first game 22-6 in just four innings against Wayland and lost 4-3 in an extended nine-inning championship contest against Mattawan.
Vannatter (4 ip, 6 runs, 5 earned, 8 hits, 2 BB) earned the win for Tecumseh.
The Indians’ offense was led by Wood (2-for-4, 2 RBI), Vannatter (2-for-3, 3 runs), Eric Eldred (2-for-2, 2 RBI), Ricky Azelton (2-for-2, 3 runs, 2 RBI), Evan Sanders (2-for-2) and Casey Hunt (1-for-2, triple, 2 RBI).
Eldred (8 2/3 ip, 4 earned runs, 9 hits, 4 BB, 6 K's) recorded the loss to Mattawan.
Britt went 4-for-5 at the plate with an RBI triple that tied the game in the seventh inning.
Eldred (2-for-3) Hunt (1-for-2, RBI) also added key hits.
“Eric left it all on the mound today,” said Bullinger. “We needed that from him and he gutted it out all game long. He showed why he is one of our captains with the leadership he displayed out there and the composure he kept on the mound.
“We took the lead in the ninth, but we just couldn’t get that last out. It was a great game for us to get ready for the post season. It had that type of atmosphere.”