Seven runs in the third and fourth innings helped the Lady Savages take control in a 10-4 win over the Lady Wolves on Tuesday.
TECUMSEH – Given a second chance to put together a big offensive inning in their game against Shawnee on Tuesday, the Tecumseh Lady Savages didn’t miss again.
Tecumseh (9-2) got four hits but could only score one run in the bottom of the second inning. Shawnee (5-4) answered with three runs in the top of the third to take their only lead of the game.
The Lady Savages, ranked sixth in Class 4A, answered with four runs in the third and three more in the fourth to take control of Tuesday’s game, pulling away for a 10-4 win in the second meeting between the two teams this season.
Tecumseh got three infield hits in the second inning and added five more over the remainder of the game. The Lady Savages also took advantage of five walks issued by Shawnee pitching.
“We were able to get a few good bunts down, utilize some of our speed and do enough to get it done,” Tecumseh head coach Chad Trahan said.
“We’ve just got to be better fielding the bunt,” Shawnee head coach David Rolette said. “We gave up four in the fourth inning then walk three in the next inning. We’ve just got to be able to throw more strikes.”
Tecumseh got an unearned run in the bottom of the first to take the early lead. Four straight singles in the second inning, three of them in the infield, led to a second run in the next frame, but the Lady Savages left the bases loaded.
Shawnee would get the bats going in the top of the third. Up to that point, Tecumseh pitcher Caitlin Bingham had retired all six batters she faced, but a leadoff walk by Jessica Strong was followed by three hits and two errors, leading to three Shawnee runs.
Kelsey Simmons and Taylor Chamblin both had RBI hits in the inning, giving Shawnee a 3-2 lead.
The Lady Savages would bounce back in the bottom of the inning. Franki Hull had a one-out double, followed by base hits from Bailey Smith and Sierra Humphrey to tie the score. An error and a bunt single would lead to another three runs before the inning ended.
Tecumseh would take advantage of three straight bases-loaded walks to put the game away in the fourth inning, eventually building a 10-3 lead.
Bingham settled down after the rough third, allowing a hit and a walk over the next three innings. Shawnee got an unearned run in the seventh for the final margin.
“Caitlin threw well,” Trahan said. “They put some pressure on us defensively and we didn’t handle it well, but other than that I thought we played well.”
Tecumseh will open the Prague Tournament in Thursday morning at 10 a.m. against Coalgate. Shawnee will open its own tournament on Friday at Firelake, taking on Pryor at 3:30 and Coweta at 7:30.