TECUMSEH – It was another close setback for Tecumseh Saturday at home in a 7-6 loss to Chandler as the Savages fell to 3-5 on the season. Seven of the eight games that the team has played have been decided by one run.
It was self-inflicted wounds that did the Savages in on five errors.
“This game, usually you beat yourselves and that's kind of what we did today,” Tecumseh coach Jeff Shafer said
The Savages took an early lead with two runs scored on passed balls in the bottom of the first and Kameron Permetter singled to drive in Anthony Lewis in the second to go ahead 3-1. Caleb Kelsey scored on a passed ball in the fourth to double up on the Lions 4-2.
A five-run performance from Chandler in the top of the fifth canceled all of that out. A double by Ben Schroeder and two free bases juiced the bags for the Lions and retired Byron Thompson from his pitching duties, replaced by Tyler Thompson. Tyler nailed his first batter faced and gave up a single to tie up at 4.
An error at short by Permetter and two-run single by Nick Curto put the Lions ahead for the first time in the game and gave them all they needed for the win.
As the inning snowballed, nobody was able to rise to the occasion the way Shafer would like to see.
“In those situations, somebody's gotta be able to step up and make the play, and we don't have that guy, we're still trying to find that guy,” he said. “When things go bad somebody's gotta make a big play.”
Byron Thompson drove in two runs with a double and no outs in the bottom of the sixth but was left stranded to keep the Savages one away from extra innings.
The Savages left 11 runners stranded, included a bases loaded situation in the fifth with two outs. The third was the difference maker as Hutch Underwood pitched an easy groundout to Will Hilton.
As disappointing as the situation was for Tecumseh, Chandler coach Dillon Endecott was proud of the way his guys held off the attack. Coming from behind has been a common theme though, and one he would like to stop seeing.
“We're toying around too much and not getting ahead, but all year we've fought back and kept our heads up and stayed in games, and that's why we are where we are,” he said.
Underwood was the only multi-hit batter for Chandler and Cam Lewis scored twice despite going 0-3.
Permetter and Tristian Anthony had two hits apiece and Andrew Lewis drew two walks.
Underwood earned the win on the mound for Chandler after giving up two runs on four hits in three innings pitched. Drake Irby got the start and struck out three and walked two, allowing four runs on four hits.
Tyler Thompson was handed the loss with three runs on two hits. Byron struck out three and walked two to allow four runs on one hit. Kullen Meadows close in the final two innings for Tecumseh and struck out and walked two and allowed one hit.
Endecott has been impressed by the drive his players have displayed and says they learn from every game and situation.
“We've got a group of guys that are just working their tails off every day to get better,” he said. “Even when we win they know there's something to get better every day.”
No. 13 in Class 3A Chandler (5-3) will host the Chandler tournament next Thursday through Saturday.
Tecumseh hosts Chickasha Thursday at 1 p.m.