Jeeps drop 8-3 decision to TecumsehMay 26, 2021
By JIMMY LAFAKIS
DUBOIS — Wednesday evening’s Sectional 64 opening-round game between Northeast Dubois (12-10) and Tecumseh set the scene for postseason action. The Jeeps and Braves went toe-to-toe in the midst of a competitive atmosphere, and Northeast Dubois took the 8-3 loss.
“For a lot of them, this was the first time that they’ve ever played in an atmosphere like this,” Jeeps head coach Luke Woolems said. “We talked about how we try to push them in practice to take every rep with the end in mind. Now, more of them will have the experience of playing in this atmosphere and understanding what we’re talking about when we’re pushing them a little bit.”
Batting as the visitors on the scoreboard, the Jeeps loaded the bases with three consecutive two-out singles in the top of the first inning. The threat ended before Northeast Dubois could score a run, but the heart of the Jeeps’ order set the tone with the string of base knocks.
Northeast Dubois junior Colby Pieper earned the start on the mound. The Jeeps allowed the first run of the game on a single from Tecumseh sophomore Conner Anglin. Northeast Dubois limited the damage to just one run, and Pieper got out of the inning after throwing just 11 pitches.
The third inning presented the Jeeps’ best chance to strike. Northeast Dubois junior Aden Thewes lifted a deep sacrifice fly into center field with runners on second and third, and the productive out forced the game’s first tie.
Pieper worked ahead of Tecumseh’s hitters in the bottom of the third inning. His diligence paid off in the form of a 1-2-3 frame, his best inning yet. The Jeeps left one runner on base in the top of a scoreless fourth inning.
Northeast Dubois allowed six runs in the bottom of the pivotal fifth frame. Tecumseh stockpiled the insurance runs and widened the gap to 8-2. The Jeeps tacked on a run in the top of the seventh inning, but Tecumseh’s lead proved to be insurmountable.
As both teams broke away from their postgame huddles, Woolems offered his perspective on the Jeeps’ season.
“As far as our kids, I felt like we put some things in early for them,” he said. “They kind of understood how we wanted them to play. Then, we were able to just let them go play. I’m proud of them for that. We went through a couple of lulls in the season where we couldn’t hit. They went to work in practice. They listened. They were willing to make some adjustments in both the physical and the mental game. I’m proud of them for that, as well.”
Both teams recorded seven hits apiece. Jeeps sophomore Ty Kalb led Northeast Dubois with a 3-for-4 performance at the dish. Kalb, the leadoff batter, ripped two doubles and scored all three of the Jeeps’ runs. Pieper knocked in two runs for the Jeeps.
Seniors Cole Tretter and Logan Lampert provided key contributions for the Jeeps during the campaign. Both seniors will embark on new chapters of their lives.
“We’re going to lose two good kids in Logan and Cole,” Woolems said. “Those two guys probably got the absolute most out of their abilities. I’m proud of them and proud of what they have meant to this team.”
The page turns, and the returning Jeeps are eager to apply their knowledge during the offseason.
“We just talked about it with our team,” Woolems said. “We are excited for next year. I don’t think we shortchanged this season at all. We tried to get everything we could get. It’s time to move on, and we’ll go to work right away.”
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