TECUMSEH — An early-season bugaboo hurt Tecumseh Tuesday in its 2018 home opener versus Bethany.
Three errors were prominent as Tecumseh dropped a 4-2 decision.
A miscue in the top of the third inning allowed Bethany to take a 1-0 lead. Tecumseh tied matters in the bottom of the frame as Will Hilton was hit by a pitch and eventually scored on a two-out, bases-loaded walk by Kullen Meadows. A strikeout ended the inning.
Two more Tecumseh errors produced two Bethany runs in the fourth for a 3-1 margin. The count moved to 4-1 in the seventh before Tecumseh added its second run in the bottom of the inning.
Gage Boatman reached first on an error, Caleb Kelsey earned Tecumseh’s second hit, a single, and Hilton was again plunked by a pitch. A wild pitch made it 4-2 as runners moved to second and third with one out. Unfortunately for the Savages, the rally died there on a strikeout and game-ending groundout.
“We were just one hit away from tying the game,” Tecumseh coach Jeff Shafer said.
Tecumseh’s other hit was a second-inning single by Tristin Anthony.
Junior right-hander Jayden Shafter, who pitched the opening five innings for Tecumseh, deserved a better fate. Shafer permitted four hits and three runs, all of which were unearned. He walked one and fanned four.
“Jayden gave us a chance to win. He was pretty efficient overall,” Jeff Shafer said.
Bryon Thompson, who hurled the last two innings, surrendered an earned run on one hit. He walked one and whiffed two.
In its season opener Monday, Tecumseh led Bethany 7-5 going into the bottom of the seventh, only to commit three errors and permit three runs for an 8-7 setback.
Tecumseh, 0-2, will travel to Byng Thursday for a 4:30 p.m. varsity/JV doubleheader. Saturday, Tecumseh will entertain Newcastle at noon.