TECUMSEH—Back on track. The Tecumseh Savages battled the elements and a pesky Varnum Whippets ball club, to ground out a 10-2 win in five innings of play. Head coach Jeff Shafer was recognized before the game for earning his 500th career win last Thursday in the Weatherford I-40 Classic.
Leading the way for Tecumseh was right-handed hurler Tyler Thompson. Thompson threw five innings, giving up just two runs on just three hits. He struck out 13 Whippets and walked just one batter in the swirling Oklahoma Spring wind.
Varnum started the scoring with a single run in the top of the first on an RBI single to center by Branden Biffle. Tecumseh answered in the bottom half. The tying run came on a bases loaded fielder's choice grounder by Byron Thompson, scoring Kullen Meadows, who had led off the inning with a walk.
Tecumseh took a 2-1 lead on their next at bat in the second on another fielder's choice, this time, off the bat of Kameron Permetter. That swing scored Caleb Kelsey, who had led off things with a single up the middle. He moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Will Hilton, and to third on a passed ball. Meadows, who reached first after being hit by a pitch, moved on the third on a passed ball. He eventually scored the savages third run on a wild pitch to Jayden Shaffer. Tecumseh led 3-1 after two innings.
Varnum scored its' second and final run in the top of the third. Calis Mack scored the run after a Biffel single to left an an errant throw to third. Thompson allowed just one base runner in the final three innings he pitched to shut the door shut on Varnum.
Tecumseh scored two more runs in the fourth and ended things with a five-run fifth inning.
Tristin Anthony got things going in the fourth with a double to left field. He moved to third on another Whippet wild pitch. Byron Thompson then moved to first base after being hit by pitcher Pablo Prieto. Anthony and Byron Thompson then scored on a two-run RBI single to left by Kelsey.
Tecumseh led 5-2 heading into the fifth.
That's when things got ugly for the Whippets. Meadows led off with a single to center, then stole second base. Permetter earned a walk, as did Shaffer to load the bases. Meadows scored on a wild pitch by new pitcher Lance Nutt.
Byron Thompson then hit a routing grounder to third which was misplayed to score Tecumseh's second run of the inning. With runners at second and third, Gage Boatman walked to load the bases again for the Savages. Tyler Thompson was then walked, scoring Shaffer, the third run for Tecumseh in the fifth.
Kelsey then singled to left scoring Thompson before Boatman scored the deciding tenth run of the contest on a passed ball.