BETHEL ACRES—The Tecumseh Savages staged a big comeback, Monday evening, downing the Bethel Wildcats 8-7.
Bethel grabbed an early 4-0 lead in the second inning of play.
Gunner Smith started things off for the Wildcats with a single up the middle and Seth Jackson followed with a double off of the center field wall. Jake Williams then loaded up the bases after being hit by a Tyler Thompson pitch. Brendan Carlile drew a walk to give Bethel a 1-0 lead. Jaylon Gordon then blasted a three-run double to right center to give the Wildcats the four-run advantage.
Bethel tacked on another run in the bottom of the third to take a 5-0 lead. Cameron Egger blasted a solo shot over the right field wall.
Tecumseh found some hot bats in the fourth, scoring six in the frame to take a 6-5 lead. Tristin Anthony led off with a walk before Colby Trammell doubled to left center field. With runners on second and third, Tyler Thompson hit into a fielder’s choice, scoring Anthony. After a foul out from Kainan Ryan, Tecumseh finished up the rally with two outs. Gage Boatman walked to put runners on the corners. Bethel’s Jackson was then called for a balk, scoring another run and keeping the big inning alive.
Jackson then gave back-to-back free passes to Caleb Kelsey and Jayden Shafer, loading the bases for Kane Ainesworth. Ainesworth then blasted a grand slam bomb over the right center field fence.
Tecumseh led 6-5, but the lead didn’t last long. A half inning to be exact.
Bethel scored two-more runs off of the bat of Egger. This time he blasted a one-out double, scoring Carlile and Jaylon Gordon. The Wildcats led 7-6, and kept it until the top of the seventh inning.
Tecumseh completed the comeback with two runs in the top of the seventh inning.
Peyton Cooper was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. Anthony doubled to center to put runners on second and third. Trammell ripped a single up the middle that scored Cooper, but Anthony was thrown out at the plate. That knotted the score at 7-7. Thompson then got a bunt single, putting runners on the corners for Boatman. Boatman delivered an RBI single to left, scoring the winning run and kept the bases loaded. Kelsey then hit into an inning-ending double play.
Tecumseh’s Trammell shut the door on Bethel in the bottom of the inning to earn the win. He had come on in relief in the fourth inning for starter Thompson.
Jackson took the loss for Bethel.
The Savages improve to 7-4 while the Wildcats slip to 7-7. The two teams will meet again today, this time at Tecumseh. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m.