Tecumseh wins own baseball invite with a triple and walk-off single

Tecumseh junior Jacob Shadley reaches for the tag on Flat Rock’s Zack Tennison during Tecumseh’s annual baseball invitational. Photo by Mickey Alvarado.

TECUMSEH — Not only did Tecumseh manage to beat the rain and get in its annual varsity baseball invitational on Saturday, April 30, the Indians defeated both teams they faced and won the title.
 
“Our pitchers worked fast and pitched well today,” said Tecumseh coach Tom Bullinger. “Our defense made a few costly errors that we have to get cleaned up, but Drew Cameron and Jakob Shadley both had clutch hits with two outs.”
 
Tecumseh defeated Monroe Jefferson by one run, winning 4-3 with a walk off single by Shadley. Sam Benschoter set up the walk off hit with a triple with the game tied 3-3 in the seventh inning.
 
Spencer Cowen was the Indians starting pitcher and he went six innings and allowed three unearned runs on six hits and no walks while striking out four. Will Sparrow earned the win, going in as relief in the final inning and throwing four pitches.
 
Benschoter went 2-for-2, with a double, triple and RBI at the plate for the Indians while Cowen went 2-for-3 with a RBI. Shadley went 2-for-3 with 2 RBI.
 
Tecumseh opened the tournament with a 4-1 win against Flat Rock. 
 
Benschoter earned the win on the mound after pitching all seven innings. He gave up one unearned run on four hits while walking two and striking out 16.
 
Trey Mitchell went 2-for-2 with a run at the plate while Drew Cameron went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI. His double broke a 1-1 tie in the sixth inning. Aaron Luci hit a double for Tecumseh.
 
On April 27, at Lincoln, the Indians (12-4, 5-1 SEC) defeated the Railsplitters 5-1 with Luci earning the victory. He threw all seven innings and gave up one earned run on seven hits while walking two and striking out four.
 
Mitchell (2-for-3, run), Jordan Patterson (2-for-4, 2 RBI) and Cowen (2-for-3, RBI, run) led Tecumseh’s offense.
 
“We had a pretty good approach at the plate and laid down a few good bunts to get guys into scoring position today,” Bullinger said. “Aaron [Luci] was effective on the mound and got himself out of a few jams, especially early in the game.”
 

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