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By LARRY GOFFINET
LEOPOLD—Perry Central won the last inning but Tecumseh dominated the first four to beat the Commodores 18-1 in girls softball Friday.
The Braves had 15 hits, including three for extra bases, and took advantage of eight Perry Central errors—by six different players.
“We weren’t real alert on defense,” said Perry Central Coach Mark Rothgerber.
The game started 25 minutes late because Tecumseh couldn’t get an earlier bus. And the wind-chill factor was 40 degrees much of the game. “But that’s no excuse—it was cold for them too,” said Rothgerber.
Tiffany Summers, the top pitcher for the Braves, who are ranked No. 2 in the state in Class A, pitched a complete game for the win. She struck out six, walked two, and gave up only one hit.
Perry Central did not have a hit in the first four innings. But with one out in the fifth, freshman reserve Autumn Lain hit a ground ball up the middle. Tecumseh’s second baseman ranged to her right and fielded it cleanly but did not have time to throw out the speedy Lain.
Lexi Aders was then hit by a pitch and Miranda Claise walked to load the bases.
Morgan Richardson drove in a run with a fielder’s choice grounder on which the Braves failed to record an out.
Summers escaped further damage, though, by getting a pop-up to the second baseman and a strikeout to end the game.
Summers “has a nice rise ball,” said Rothgerber. “That’s probably her best pitch. It (rises) just enough to make you swing—it’s right at your shoulders and that’s tough for most girls to lay off of.”
Summers also got some help from her defense, including a nice over-the-shoulder catch by the left fielder on a deep line drive hit by Hannah Edwards in the first inning.
“This is probably one of Tecumseh’s best teams,” said Rothgerber. “They’re the best hitting team we’ve seen this season.”
Claise pitched a complete game for Perry Central, walking one and striking out one. Only two of the runs she gave up were earned.
Brenna Floyd went 4 for 4 with seven RBIs to lead Tecumseh hitters.
She hit a three-run double to left-center in the first inning. But Perry Central would have been out of the inning by then if not for three errors.
Perry Central, 4-4, will visit Paoli today at 5 p.m.
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Tecumseh 463 50 - 18 15 1
Perry Central 000 01 - 1 1 8
Summers and Gresham; Claise and Litherland. W-Summers. L-Claise (4-4).
2B-Summers, Tec.; Rudolph, Tec.; Duncan, Tec. 3B-Duncan, Tec.