Productive opportunities. Lost opportunities.

Seminole had the former and Tecumseh the latter Friday night in a Class 4A district tournament title game at Seminole State College.


Productive opportunities. Lost opportunities.
Seminole had the former and Tecumseh the latter Friday night in a Class 4A district tournament title game at Seminole State College.
As a result, 13th-ranked Seminole topped the Savages 16-10 in the rubber game of the best-of-three series.
Seminole combined 12 hits with seven walks and five Tecumseh errors.
The six-run difference wasn’t indicative of the game’s closeness.
Seminole clung to a 9-7 lead heading into the top of the seventh when the visitors completely unraveled. Four errors, including three to the first three batters — combined with four hits — led to seven unearned runs.
The Chieftains will carry a 23-11 record into next Thursday’s regional tournament at a site to be determined.
Tecumseh will lament numerous squandered scoring chances as it ended its season.
The Savages stranded 13 baserunners. Tecumseh left runners at first and second without scoring in the second and first and third in a scoreless fourth. Tecumseh, after scoring once in the fifth to close within 9-7, still had the bases loaded with one out. But southpaw Sheldon McCoy got the next two batters on infield pops.
Down 3-0, Tecumseh collected six of its 11 hits in a six-run third that also featured two Seminole errors. The big blow was Brock Degraffenreid’s two-run home run to left to give the Savages a 4-3 lead.
The Savage edge quickly evaporated as Seminole used four hits, including Link Dearing’s three-run double to right center, for a six-spot in the top of the fourth. The Chieftains were also the recipients of three walks and a run-scoring balk in the frame.
Dearing, who also had an opposite-field solo homer to right in the second and a two-run double in the seventh, finished with six runs batted in.
Three Chieftains — Wes May, Jon Ervin and Bryan Conway — drove in two runs each. Nine-hole hitter Michael Vanlandingham was on base three times and scored three times.
Tecumseh collected 11 hits, including two apiece by Kevin Hill, Wade Wookey and Degraffenreid. Wookey was on base in four of his five plate appearances on two doubles, a walk and a hit batsman.
The squads combined for 33 hits, 15 walks and two hit batsmen in a seven-inning game that lasted 2:56.
“We are very fortunate to be moving on,” Seminole head coach Shawn Snyder said. “Tecumseh battled us for three games. We struggled all day on the mound.”
It was Seminole’s fourth straight district championship.