Tecumseh's varsity baseball team goes 2-1 at Airport
Tecumseh’s varsity baseball team went 2-1 at Airport’s invitational on Saturday, April 5, during its first outing of the season.
The Indians won their first game 9-2 against Bay City Western.
Tecumseh ace pitcher Phil Carey went the entire distance on the hill, allowing two runs, one earned, on four hits while striking out six and walking one. Carey also had a big stick, recording two hits including a double and three-run home run. Sam Benschoter also hit a three-run home run while Nick Cowen and Jeremy Hatfield each hit a double.
Tecumseh lost the second game 7-1 to hosting Airport.
Cowen recorded the pitching loss after four innings of work. He allowed five runs, four earned, on four hits while striking out four and walking five. Evan Eldred pitched two innings for Tecumseh and gave up two runs, one earned, on four hits.
Seven players recorded singles for Tecumseh.
The Indians went on to win the third game 8-3 against Pinconning.
Alex Mukensturm earned the win from the mound, throwing five innings and giving up three earned runs on four hits while striking out five and walking two.
Sam Benschoter pitched two innings and gave up no hits while striking out three and walking one.
“Our pitchers did a great job keeping us in all three games,” said Tecumseh coach Tom Bullinger. “ Phil [Carey] pitched very well against a good baseball team. Nick [Cowen] came out throwing strikes, we just didn't make the plays behind him that we need to make. Alex [Mukensturm] and Sam [Benschoter] finished strong by getting ahead early in the count.
Cowen blasted out three hits including a two-run home run and totaled three RBI. Ben Vannatter also had three hits for the Indians including a double and three runs scored. Grant Anschuetz (2 hits), Carey (double) and Mukensturm (double, 2 RBI) also added hits for Tecumseh.
“We have some work to do to get better on defense though,” Bullinger added. “ I thought we hit the ball well today, especially this early in the season and only being outside three times.”
The Indians (2-1 overall) play next at Blissfield’s Tournament on Saturday, April 12.