TECUMSEH – A two-out error scored the tying run for Tecumseh and Byron Thompson singled to drive in the game winning run in a 3-2 Savages win over McLoud Monday at Tecumseh. The win was Tecumseh's first of the season after dropping their first four contests.
“That was huge. We were due for one,” Tecumseh coach Jeff Shafer said. “We've had four ballgames that could have went either way and one finally went our way. It's a nice feeling.”
Caleb Kelsey scored on a McLoud error with two outs in the bottom of the first and the Savages held onto that lead until the top of the seventh, when McLoud made a late push to take a short-lived 2-1 lead.
Wyatt Olds came through with a sacrifice out to left field to score Koalton Keller and tie up at 1-1. Josh Brown followed up with a double to bring an Zac Green to go up 2-1.
Olds pitched for four hitless innings but the team couldn't get things done offensively when they needed to until that seventh inning, coach Chris Olds said. And by then it was too late to afford any mistakes.
“We've done that this year, just being scrappy when we have to, but we shouldn't have to be in that situation is the bad part about it,” coach Olds said.
Kameron Permetter earned the win for Tecumseh despite giving up the only two runs of the game for McLoud. He allowed two hits struck out two and walked one. Jayden Shafer got the start for Tecumseh and pitched for five innings and struck out five and walked seven. Kullen Meadows replaced him to start the sixth and struck out one, walked one and gave up one hit.
“He (Shafer) wasn't real sharp but he was able to give us a lead when he went out, Kullen came in and gave us a good sixth inning and then we turned the ball over to Kameron as our closer and we found a way to win at the end,” coach Shafer said.
Damien Dye was handed the loss for McLoud after giving up two runs on two hits in 2 2/3 innings pitched. He sat five and walked one. Wyatt Olds threw four hitless innings and fanned six and walked four.
The Savages will travel to McLoud today for a 4:30 start.