TECUMSEH – The Tecumseh Lady Savages managed to stay undefeated on the season Friday with a pair of hard-fought wins to kick off their home tournament run. The Lady Savages (4-0) pulled off a late 9-8 win over Silo and a back-and-forth 16-14 battle against Tushka to remain unbeaten early in the season.
A 4A school in most sports, Tecumseh moves up to 6A for slow pitch softball while Silo is 4A and Tushka as 3A. Both schools find themselves in the state tournament year after year though, and are more than capable opponents for any teams of any class, Tecumseh coach Perry Wilson said.
“They've always got a good team and it's always an opportunity to play small schools that are good,” he said.
Channing Scallorn drove in three runs in the Silo game and Franki Hull drove in two. Tied at eight in the bottom of the seventh against Silo, Scallorn took a walk to score Caitlin Bingham and win the game.
The Lady Savages led 8-0 after two innings and looked like they could put the game away early until Silo fought back and made things interesting.
“We didn't finish the first game like we should have. We got ahead and need to learn to put people away, but it's still early,” Wilson said.
Hull hit a grand slam in the Tushka game to tie up at 10 in the bottom of the fourth and was 4-for-4 in the contest.
Trailing 11-10 in the bottom of the fifth, the Lady Savages went on a six-hit rally.
Skyler Shepherd doubled to drive in two runs and Amanda Pierce, Carly Scallorn, Bingham and Hull each hit for four straight RBI singles. Bingham homered in the bottom of the third to make it a 6-5 game in favor of Tushka.
Bingham finished 2-3 with four RBIs and Hull drove in five runs. Bingham has homered four times in as many games with Silo being the only team she hasn't gone yard against yet. Hull has three homers and follows Bingham up in the 3-hole giving the Lady Savages a big 1-2 punch toward the top of the lineup.
“We put Franki behind her and she's really going to add to our offense as well,” Wilson said.
The Lady Savages will face Maud Saturday at 10 a.m. and Leedy at 11:15.