TUTTLE — Second-seeded Tecumseh recorded come-from-behind victories over Perkins-Tryon, 11-7, and Byng, 7-5, Wednesday to move within one victory of a Class 4A regional championship.
Byng and Tuttle will meet in a 10 a.m. elimination contest today. The winner would then have to defeat Tecumseh twice to keep the Lady Savages from advancing to next week’s state tournament.
Byng knocked off Tuttle 13-7 in Wednesday’s first game. Tuttle then eliminated Perkins-Tryon 17-1.
Perkins-Tryon held a 7-4 advantage over Tecumseh after five innings but the latter scored five runs in the sixth and two runs in the seventh. In the sixth, a double by Harley Sturm and a single by Lauren Taylor set up Ayzia Shirey’s 2-run single to left. After Bristin Hayes doubled, Emily Bingham swatted a 3-run home run to center.
Hayes added a 2-run single in the seventh after three walks.
Shirey and Hayes finished with three hits each and drove in two runs.
Sturm, who went the first four innings on the mound, surrendered 11 hits and seven runs (five earned) in four innings. Kylee Akehurst permitted just one hit and no runs the last three innings.
Tecumseh trailed Byng 3- 2 after four innings, but put up a four-spot in the fifth and added another run in the seventh.
Sturm posted two doubles, including a 3-run, 2-out shot to left, capping the fifth. Taylor Frizzell drove in the first run of the inning on a single. Katlyn Fleming scored on a seventh-inning passed ball.
Bingham went 3 for 4. Hayes, Fleming, Frizzell and Sturm had two hits.
Sturm, who relieved Akehurst after 3 1/3 innings, earned the win.
Tecumseh is 25-10.
Note: Report compiled by contributing writer Fred Fehr.