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Chiefs dodge Arrows for key CBC win

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Bellefontaine’s Jarrod Houchin waits for the ball at second base as Tecumseh’s Tony Evans slides in during Monday’s game at Blue Jacket Park. (EXAMINER PHOTO | MATT HAMMOND)

Bellefontaine’s baseball team bounced back from a tough week with a key win Monday at home against Tecumseh.

The Chiefs pulled out a 2-1 win over the Arrows in a Central Buckeye Conference baseball tussle at Blue Jacket Park.

Bellefontaine, which dropped four of five games last week, improves to 11-5 overall and 7-4 in the CBC.

Tecumseh falls into a second-place tie in the CBC Kenton Trail division with Springfield Shawnee at 8-3. The Arrows are 16-4 overall.

Monday’s game turned into a pitcher’s dual between the Chiefs’ Cody Lyons and the Arrows’ Alex High.

The game was scoreless through the first four innings.

Bellefontaine broke through for a run in the bottom of the fifth. Drake Roebuck led off the inning with a single and eventually scored on an RBI single by Trent Nicholl.

The Chiefs added an insurance run in the sixth when Jarrod Houchin, who went 2-3, ripped a double to deep left-center that plated Tyler Shamblin.

Tecumseh mounted a two-out rally in the top of the seventh.

After two flyouts to begin the inning, two straight Arrows reached base on walks.

Tecumseh’s Gabe Winans-Berner then singled to center. The Arrows’ Tony Evans scored on the play, pulling the Arrows to within a run.

With runners on first and second, the Arrows’ Bubba Cantrell then hit a weak ground ball to the right of Lyons on the mound. The Chiefs attempted to get the runner going to second. Contact was made with the Chiefs’ Tyler Shamblin as the Tecumseh player got past Shamblin at second base, but interference was not immediately called.

It appeared that Tecumseh would have the bases loaded with a chance to tie the game or go ahead, but after a conference between umpires, it was ruled that there was indeed interference at second base and the runner was called out to end the game.

Lyons scattered six hits, struck out three and walked five.

The Chiefs finished with five hits against High.

The two teams square off again today at Tecumseh.

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