The Lady Savages lost 2-0 to last year's 2013 3A semifinalists to finish out the Hall of Fame Festival.
A couple of opportunities made the difference in Tecumseh’s 2-0 loss to Marlow in their final game of the Hall of Fame Shootout at Firelake on Saturday.
The Lady Savages (7-2) had the bases loaded with no outs in the top of the fifth inning, but were unable to score a run.
They got two runners on base in the sixth inning but were unable to break through then either. In all, Tecumseh was 1-6 with runners in scoring position, a large factor in how their six-game winning streak was snapped by the Outlaws.
“We had our opportunity in the fifth inning,” head coach Chad Trahan said. “We just couldn’t get it done. You have to give them credit though. That’s a tough pitcher.”
That pitcher was Gigi Wall, who limited the Lady Savages to six hits on the day, all of them singles, with four strikeouts and no walks. The Lady Outlaws, a 3A state semifinalist last season, extended their own winning streak to seven in a row, including a 4-0 record in two days at the Festival. On Friday Marlow (11-2) took down another Tri-County team when they defeated Bethel 4-3.
Abbey Warren put the game’s first run on the board with a solo home run to left field to lead off the bottom of the fourth inning. Warren also led off the sixth with a double off the left field wall, and scored the game’s final run on a base hit by Shayna Throckmorton.
Other than that, Tecumseh starting pitcher Caitlin Bingham matched Wall pitch for pitch, striking out four, issuing one walk and giving up six hits.
“Caitlin threw well,” Trahan said. “She kept them off-balance and gave us a chance to win. She did about as much as we can ask for.”
The Lady Savages got three consecutive base hits to start the top of the fifth inning, but a strikeout was followed by a line drive to short that resulted in an inning-ending double play.
A single and a fielder’s choice put two runners on with one out in the sixth inning, but Wall got a grounder to second and a fly ball to centerfield to end the threat with no damage.
The Lady Savages will play at Jones on Monday before hosting Shawnee on Tuesday. The Lady Wolves dealt Tecumseh their last defeat before Saturday’s loss, a 5-4 decision on Aug. 15.
“We’ve been pitching well and playing good defense,” Trahan said. “We’ve been swinging the bats a lot better.”