Indians' varsity softball team sweeps Chelsea, improves to 9-0

Tyffani Bryan waits on a throw while Chelsea’s baserunner arrives safely at third base. The runner scored the Bulldogs' only run in the first game against the Indians. Photo by Mickey Alvarado.

TECUMSEH — Tecumseh’s varsity softball team swept visiting Chelsea on Monday with wins of 7-1 and 9-1.
Senior Kayla Wild (4-0) pitched all seven innings of the first game and allowed two hits and one unearned run while striking out seven.
Tecumseh had five hits in the fourth inning with some bunts that helped score five runs. Jaiden Batyik singled home the first run and had two hits. Danielle Nowak had two hits with an RBI while Maggie Foss had a two run single. Tyffani Bryan added an RBI single.
Grace Maves (1-0) pitched for the win in game two. She gave up seven hits while allowing one unearned run and striking out three.
Wild was 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI, including her first home run of the year, a two-run shot in the third inning. Maggie Foss was 3-for-4; Bryan was 2-for-3 with a double and three RBI; Danielle Nowak had two hits; Jessica Kane had an RBI double; and Paige Otto had a single and an RBI.
Tecumseh improved to 9-0 overall and 2-0 in the Southeastern Conference White Division with the wins.
“Kayla [Wild] was an absolute rock for us. She threw great and really held Chelsea in check tonight,” said Tecumseh coach Jeff Nowak. “And in Grace Maves’ first game on the mound, she looked good.  Offensively, we had some real timely hitting and ran bases well. Everyone contributed again tonight.”
The Indians played a doubleheader at Manchester on Tuesday, April 12, and won both games.
Tecumseh won the first game 15-0 in only three innings with Wild in the circle, striking out three and allowing only one hit.
The Indians scored 11 runs in the first inning with key hits while taking advantage of some Manchester errors.  
Foss and Danielle Nowak were both 3-for-4 at the plate while Wild, Kane and Batyik were all 2-for-3.
Tecumseh won the second game 19-6 in five innings with Danielle Nowak (1-0) in relief to pick up the win. She pitched 3-1/3 innings, striking out four with no hits allowed.
Morgan Cadmus recorded her first home run of the year and went 2-for-3 with five RBI. Monica Meger (5 RBI) and Batyik also went 2-for-3 for the Indians.
Kane and Bryan were both 3-for-4 with two RBI.  
“While we did a lot of good things today, I was most impressed with the fact that we had no errors in the field today,” coach Nowak said. 
Tecumseh played three games at Milan on Saturday, April 16, in the Big Reds Clash and won all three contests.
In the first game, Tecumseh beat New Boston Huron 5-4 in eight innings with Danielle Nowak earning the win. She pitched the final four innings, striking out one while allowing one hit and one run.
Meger had two hits for Tecumseh, including her first home run of the season in the second inning.
With the score tied 3-3 after seven innings, New Boston Huron scored a run with the International Tie Breaker rule in effect. Tecumseh responded in the bottom of the inning with Batyik scoring Kane on a one out single and Foss delivering the game winning hit with two outs to score Batyik.
In the second game, Tecumseh beat Belleville 12-1 in six innings with Danielle Nowak (3-0) going the distance striking out five and allowing four hits and one unearned run.
Cadmus had two hits, including a three-run double in the first inning while five other players, Foss (2 doubles), Danielle Nowak, Bryan (2 RBI), Wild and Alicia Dusseau (2 RBI) each had two hits.
In the third game, Tecumseh beat Milan 18-6 in just five innings.
Wild pitched a complete game, striking out seven and allowing six runs, one earned, all in the fourth inning.  
“A few errors hurt us in the fourth, and then a couple of bleeder hits and all of a sudden, Milan had six runs,” said coach Nowak. “We need to learn from that experience, and I think we will.”
Offensively, Danielle Nowak was 4-for-5 with a double and six RBI; Wild was 2-for-3 with three RBI; Kylie Perkins had her first home run of the year; Foss, Otto (2 RBI) and Cadmus had two hits each.
“All in all, I was very pleased again with our play,” said coach Nowak. “Everyone contributed today, defensively and offensively. It was a good day for us.”


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