Braves subdue SC behind Buse
Chris Timberlake, Staff Writer, [email protected]
The Tecumseh Braves didn’t allow a run while winning Saturday’s Class 1A Loogootee Regional, and that included a 13-0 win over South Central in the semi-finals.
‘If they don’t go to state, I will be very surprised,’ South Central co-coach Brad Wiseman said. ‘They’re a solid team top to bottom. We knew that coming in.
‘We felt like we could hang with them, but they just hit the ball where we were not,’ he said, ‘and hats off to them.’
The ninth-ranked Braves (21-7) earned a semi-state berth with a 5-0 win over No. 6 Barr-Reeve on Saturday night. They have yielded only one run in four post-season games.
Tecumseh senior pitcher Spencer Buse stymied the Rebels, striking out eight and allowing just one hit in a five-inning stint.
South Central’s Stephen Sawicki led off the fifth inning with a double. The Rebels had one other base runner when Chase Schoen reached on catcher’s interference leading off the second inning.
The decisive inning occurred in the top of the third when Tecumseh, leading 1-0 after a first-inning run, struck for seven runs on six singles, only three of which reached the outfield.
‘They were a buzzsaw of hits, but it wasn’t double after double after double,’ co-coach Alex Wiseman said. ‘It was singles on two-strike pitches.’
The rally began for Tecumseh when Kinzer Flowers drew a lead-off walk and stole second on a disputed tag. Steven Molinet then reached base followed by an infield single by Dustin Dupont on a bang-bang play at first that loaded the bases.
William Brucken then laced a two-run single to make it 3-0. Jalen Oxley, Jacob Farmer and Gage Green added run-scoring singles after that, while Flowers capped the inning with a sacrifice fly leaving the Rebels in an 8-0 hole.
‘We had plenty of scouting reports on them,’ Brad Wiseman said. ‘We were ready for them. The quote we got multiple times was they are a doubles machine. I don’t know, did they have a double today? Just some bloops, and they put the ball in play.’
The Braves added two more runs in the fourth and three in the fifth.
‘Sometimes you’ve got to tip your cap to the better team, and, on this day in this game, that was the case,’ Brad Wiseman said.
The Rebels finished the season at 13-17 after winning five games last year.
‘The program is trending up,’ Alex Wiseman said. ‘That’s due a lot to guys like Chase Schoen, who came in and set the tone as a leader. Will Weber, we’re going to miss him a lot. Wyatt Crosier. Chase and Wyatt are two guys you could tell to run through a brick wall and they’ll try to run through it if that’s for the best of the team.’
‘We’ve come a long way,’ Brad Wiseman added. ‘This is just the beginning for us. I told our seniors today they are responsible for setting the bar higher than it’s been in five years. And I told our junior class that it’s their responsibility to take it a step higher.’
Tecumseh 107 23 ‘ 13 11 0
South Central 000 00 ‘ 0 1 2
W ‘ Buse, L ‘ Needler.
2B ‘ Sawicki (SC).