Cougar comeback falls short

Todd Lancaster, Washington Times-Herald, Ind.
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Apr. 14—ELNORA — Tecumseh was able pick up an early 6-0 lead and then fend off a North Daviess Cougar comeback to pick up the 10-6 win.

ND (4-2) was hurt by four errors that extended innings and led to runs, but continued to chip into the Tecumseh all night.

"Four errors, six walks and three hit by batsman. That's basically 13 free passes that you give a good team that does a good job with the plate. They are not big, they're little guys but they battle. They're short and sweet to the baseball and when you give them extra outs like that, and extra base runners, they're just free, they're going make you pay and that's what they did," said coach Steve McNabb.

"We had our chances, we had the 10 hits, and we had opportunities to score. It was just one of those things where you battle back from 6-0. These guys have really been doing a nice job all season. Some of them are buying into some of the adjustments that we're asking them to make which is sometimes hard for teenage kids to understand. They need to kind of make those adjustments but I'm happy with the way we're swinging it. In all honestly, I'm happy with the way we're pitching. We just got to make the routine plays and pitches to contact us a little bit more."

Tecumseh opened with two runs, but even with the bases loaded, Zach Stoll was able to get the final two outs and keep any more runs from crossing the plate.

ND put Jaylen Mullen and Kyle Swartzentruber on the bases. Both reached for the Cougars, but Tecumseh was able to get the final two outs to shut down the threat.

Tecumseh continued to have Stoll's number as five straight Braves reached and moved out to a 5-0 lead. McNabb made the change on the mound, bringing in Wyatt Swartzentruber. When the smoke cleared, nine players had come to the plate, but just four runs scored and the Braves had a 6-0 lead.

After a pair of walks to start the second, ND picked up its first run as a sacrifice from Daryn Lengacher and Ashton Lengacher scored to cut the margin to 6-1, but that is where the Cougar scoring ended for the inning.

Daryn Lengacher had an easy third, as all three outs came on ground balls hit to Mullen at at shortstop.

Mullen then singled to open the third and scored on Kyle Swartzentruber's double to the fence. Tecumseh brought in Chase Jones, but Wyatt Swartzentruber added an RBI single to make it 6-3.

Wyatt Swartzentruber did his part in the top of the fourth as well, facing just four batters, and then picked up his third RBI of the game that scored Lengacher with a sac fly that cut it to 6-4. In the top of the fifth Elliott Park replaced Lengacher, who moved back into the outfield.

However a walk and an error led to a double from Tecumseh's Jalen Oxley and a 7-4 lead. The Braves added two more runs and ND brought in junior John Schaffer. Tecumseh added one more run and end the inning with the 10-4 lead.

ND didn't roll over and came back with another run as Zach Stoll's single drove in Jared Craven, who reached on a bunt single to make it 10-5 after five innings. Neither team did any damage in the sixth or seventh to end the game at 10-5.