TECUMSEH – The Bethel and Tecumseh baseball teams finished up a game from Monday and postponed game from Tuesday in a doubleheader at Tecumseh Wednesday. The Wildcats won the first game 4-3 and lost the second 3-1 as the teams split on the day.
Cameron Egger sent a solo shot over the right center wall in the bottom of the sixth of game one for what would be the game-winning run and a 4-2 lead.
Will Hilton drove in a run on a bases loaded groundout to short in the top of the seventh and reached on an error with no outs to cut Tecumseh's deficit to one. The Wildcats were able to get a tag and force and sidestepped the bases loaded situation relatively unscathed.
Not getting timeley hits when they needed them was one of Tecumseh's biggest problems throughout the day.
“We had numerous times in the second game where we couldn't get a hit,” coach Jeff Shafer said. “First game we left the bases loaded too many times, another time we ran from second and third. It's being able to hit with pressure, and we haven't been able to do that... When teams give you chances, you've got to be able to execute.”
Jaylon Gordon got the win on the mound and gave up three runs on seven hits, walked eight and struck out four.
Jayden Shafer was handed the loss for Tecumseh with four runs on eight hits. He fanned ten and walked five in the complete game performance.
Jake Williams was the first to get Bethel on the board with a single to right to bring home Brendan Carlile. Williams doubled in the fourth to score Seth Jackson and Gordon drove in a run on an RBI single in the fifth.
Tecumseh scored on a bases loaded walk in the third and a sac fly from Kullen Meadows in the sixth.
The Savages left 12 runners stranded and Bethel left 13 on the bags.
Bethel coach Lincoln Dearing said his guys need to have good games at the plate every day due to not having some of the firepower other teams have at the mound.
“We're the type of team where if we're pitching well, we've got to hit well and if we're not pitching well we've got to hit well,” he said. “We've got to hit every game because we don't have any guys who can throw 80 to 85 so we've got to put the ball in play. If we allow three runs, we've got to score more than 5 or 6 runs.”
Bethel was led by Williams who went 2-4 and drove in two runs. Ben Lauck had a double and Carlile and Jordon each took two walks.
Kameron Permetter and Shafer had two hits apiece for Tecumseh. Kane Ainsworth and Andrew Lewis each doubled. Lewis and Gage Boatman were each walked twice.
Tecumseh 3, Bethel 1
Jayden Shafer drove in all three runs for Tecumseh to win the second game and split on the day. He singled in the bottom of the third to score Meadows and tie up at 1-1 and drove in Meadows and Permetter with another single in the fifth.
Coach Shafer would have liked to have seen better contributions from the rest of the team.
“If we can get more than one going at the right time that would definitely help,” he said.
Terrell Dodson singled to right to drive in Williams in the top of the first and keep Bethel's momentum up from the first game, but the boost was short-lived.
“We came out great the first game, we've just got to keep that same intensity the second game... I almost wish there wasn't that break in between and we went right into the second game,” Dearing said.
Shafer was 3-3 to lead the Savages in the win.
Williams doubled and accrued two hits in the loss and Dodson also doubled.
Tyler Thompson pitched the complete game for the win and struck out seven and walked two with one HBP.
“Tyler did a good job,” coach Shafer said. “He made pitches when he had to, he was able to move the ball in and out and able to throw his secondary stuff for strikes so he did his part.”
Carlile threw all six innings for Bethel and fanned two and walked two. He beaned four batters.
The Wildcats had a couple of baserunning mistakes that ended up causing outs, but as an aggressive coach on the bags, Dearing wasn't concerned and liked the effort.
“Those are honest mistakes,” he said. “I wouldn't call that a stupid mistake, because we're trying to get to the next bag. That's what I teach guys – every bag and every advancement is key in baseball.”
The Savages are at Weatherford this weekend for a tournament and Bethel will travel to Little Axe. Both teams will be short in their pitching rotations, having burned two hurlers each in Wednesday's games.
“We're just going to have to ride as many arms as we can,” Dearing said.