XENIA — It was a tail of two teams going in opposite directions on Thursday night. When they met on the field, Urbana defeated Tecumseh 3-2 in a key CBC crossover contest at Grady Vincent Smith Memorial Field on the complex of Athletes in Action.
Urbana had started the season 1-8 but entered the game having won two of their last three and were starting to play some pretty good baseball. On the flip side, the Arrows began the season red-hot at 10-1, but dropped three of their last four in the week leading up to the clash with Urbana.
The Hillclimbers struck first with two runs in the second behind a single by pitcher Levi King and a double by catcher Deryk Fain. Tecumseh assisted on one run with a throwing error.
Tecumseh bounced back to plate a run on back-to-back doubles by pitcher Bubba Cantrell and centerfielder Trent Mead.
Urbana scored what became the decisive run in the top of the fourth when first baseman Eric Bader singled, stole second base, and scored on another Tecumseh throwing miscue.
Tecumseh inched closer with a run in the bottom of the sixth inning when shortstop Tony Evans singled and was doubled home by right fielder Alex Sheets.
Tecumseh (11-5, 4-3) had the tying run on third base with one out in the final inning, but King coaxed a pop-up and a strikeout to seal a complete game victory for his team. King gave up seven hits, fanned five, and hit a batter.
For the Arrows, Cantrell worked six innings on the mound, gave up six hits, earned five strikeouts, and walked two. At the plate, Cantrell was the only Arrow with two hits.
For Urbana (4-9, 2-4) King was the lone Hillclimber to reach base more than once with the single and a walk. Michael Cebulka had and RBI and a single.
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