Tecumseh beats Adrian in pre-district action

Sam Benschoter “pounded the strike zone” to help the Indians shut out Ann Arbor Pioneer in game one. Herald file photo by Mickey Alvarado.

TECUMSEH — Tecumseh’s varsity baseball team beat Adrian 7-1 in pre-district action in Milan on Tuesday with Sam Benschoter earning the pitching win. The Indians play next against Chelsea at Milan on Friday at 2:30 p.m.
Tecumseh improved to 23-8 overall with the victory.
“We had a good approach at the plate today and we made their pitcher throw us strikes,” said Tecumseh coach Tom Bullinger. “He was having a difficult time throwing strikes and we did a good job by not chasing most of those pitches. Sam [Benschoter] did a great job hitting his spots and our defense made plays behind him.”
Benschoter pitched five innings while (0 runs, 2 hits, 0 BB, 9 K’s) Aaron Luci  (1 run, 1 hit, 3 BB, 1 K) pitched two innings in relief. 
Offensively, the Indians were led by Luci (1-4, 3 RBI), Jordan Patterson (2-2, run, triple, RBI, 1 BB, 1 HBP) and Trey Mitchell  (1-3, 2 runs, RBI).
Tecumseh played at Jackson Parma Western’s Wooded Bat Tournament on Saturday, May 28 and went 1-for-2.
Tecumseh lost 5-1 in its first game against St. Joseph.
Spencer Cowen recorded the pitching loss after throwing six innings. He allowed five runs on nine hits and four walks while striking out one.
Lukas Coker pitched the final inning in relief and struck out two batters.
Tecumseh had just two hits in the game. Coker led the Indians’ with a RBI double.
“We saw a good pitcher against St. Joe who kept us off balance,” said Bullinger. “It was good to see us bounce back against Western and have a better approach at the plate.” 
Tecumseh won the second game 12-5 against Jackson Western with Will Sparrow pitching. Sparrow pitched a complete game and allowed five runs, three earned, on 12 hits and two walks while striking out one.
“Will Sparrow battled for us on the mound today,” said Bullinger. “We needed him to be a work horse for us and he did just that.” 
The Indians’ offense produced 11 hits. Jordan Patterson went 3-for-4 at the plate with a double, three RBI and three runs. Cowen was 2-for-3 with a double, triple, two RBI and three runs. Luci was 2-for-4 while Macguire Hawley was 2-for-3 with a RBI.
“This was a good tune up to get us ready for post season play with different guys stepping up,” Bullinger said.
On Wednesday, May 25, Tecumseh traveled to Ann Arbor Pioneer and won 8-0 and 9-4.
Benschoter pitched all seven innings of the first game for the win. He allowed just two hits and no walks while striking out nine.
“Sam [Benschoter] pounded the strike zone and he had all three pitches working for him today,” said Bullinger. “He kept the ball down and he kept his pitch count down as well.”
At the plate, Benschoter was 1-for-4 with a three-run home run and 4 RBI.
Coker was 3-for-4 with two RBI and three runs while Cowen had a double.
Luci pitched the win in game two. He threw six innings and allowed four runs, three earned, on eight hits and a walk while striking out four.
Sparrow pitched the final inning.
Offensively, Patterson was 3-for-5 with three RBI while Luci was 2-for-4. Jakob Shadley was 2-for-5 with a double and three RBI; Trey Mitchell was 2-for-5 with two RBI, a double and two runs and Benschoter was 1-for-3 with a double and three runs.
“I really like our approach at the plate today,” Bullinger said. “We have not played in a week and we came out and got double digit hits in both games. We had different guys step up which was good to see.”



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