BEAVERCREEK — The top-seeded Beavers had only one run through the first five innings of their sectional semifinal matchup against New Carlisle Tecumseh, Friday at Beavercreek High School. Listening to their dugout, however, you would have thought they were about to run-rule the Arrows in their first postseason game of the season.
Behind a dominant pitching performance of First-team, All-Conference sophomore Jackson Tedder, Beavercreek (21-6) rolled to a comfortable 2-0 win.
“Tedder was pretty tough tonight. That’s first and foremost. Every time he takes the rubber, we feel like we’re going to compete,” said Beavercreek coach Brandon Long. “Maybe a little too comfortable there tonight offensively. Only one run there until the end. We’ve got faith in him. One run is a good lead, but two is better.”
The top team in the Greater Western Ohio Conference didn’t seem phased at all when their bats weren’t connecting. They just relied on their stingy defense and kept on trucking.
Tedder pitched the complete game, striking out 10 batters, walking one and allowing just a single hit. He finished the regular season third in the GWOC in strikeouts with 53. He also finished tied for third in wins at six, and was seventh in ERA at 0.96. Tecumseh (13-14) had more than three batters step up to the plate just once in the game, when they had four in the fourth inning.
Beavercreek struggled from the plate as well. They had three hits in the ball game, but the couple runs they were able to squeeze out of those hits were enough to win. In the first inning, junior Brandon Williams ripped a line drive double to left-center, and Bryan Janson brought him home on a sacrifice fly. In the sixth inning, Alex Anders was walked and then stole two bases on a Tecumseh fielding error. Senior Dan Hayes found the gap on the next pitch, hitting a double to centerfield and scoring Anders.
“We had good at-bats, but we couldn’t get the ball to fall through there for a bit. The first game you play in the tournament, there’s always a different atmosphere and the kids take a little adjusting,” said Long. “We played in a lot of close ball games this year and we’ve got confidence in all of our pitching staff, so we know we’re going to be in the games and our bats will wake up.”
Beavercreek will face the winner of Northmont vs Fairmont in the sectional finals at 5 p.m., Thursday at Xenia High School.