It was teacher vs. pupil in the May 14 baseball game between the Castle Knights and the Tecumseh Braves. First year Tecumseh coach Ted Thompson was a former assistant under Castle's Curt Welch.
Thompson got the best of his former boss as the Braves defeated the Knights by the score of 10-9. The game was a wild seesaw battle that could have been won by either team in the end.
"The game was real competitive. It was a big, big, win for our ball club," Thompson said.
Things didn't look good for the Braves at the start. Garron Moffett started the game with a lead off home run to give Castle the very early lead at 1-0. The Braves took the lead in the second on a two-RBI hit by Carson White.
The Braves' lead didn't last long at Castle's Zach Messinger belted a three run blast to retake the lead for the Knights. Messinger would add another RBI in the fourth to make the score 5-2 Castle.
In the fourth inning, the Braves had bases loaded with no outs, but were only able to manage one run thanks to the Knights turning a double play.
The Braves were able to tie the game in the fifth. Steven Molinet had the biggest hit of the inning with a triple which drove in a run. Molinet would later be driven in by Jalen Oxley.
Things start to get more interesting in the sixth. Tied at five, Castle recaptured the lead after a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly by Brody Heaton that scored two runs for Castle.
Castle's lead in the inning was short-lived.
In Tecumseh's half of the sixth, a wild pitch scores one run. But the biggest hit of the night besides the game winner came off the bat of Woody Brucken. With two ours and two, Brucken had an excuse-me hit as he meant to check his swing. Brucken made contact with the ball anyway as it sailed into shallow left scoring both runners.
The score at this point was 8-7 Tecumseh. The Braves only needed three more outs.
In the top of the seventh, Tecumseh was able to get the first two hitters out. But Castle's next five hitters were able to get on base as Castle took the lead again after Messinger walked with the bases loaded.
The Braves were finally able to win it as they scored two runs in the seventh.
Dustin Dupont had the game winning RBI as he hit a sacrifice fly to left field scoring Carson White from third.
"I just kind of threw my hands out there," Dupont said of the game winner. "After I hit the ball, I was just standing there waiting for the kid to get home. After that it was just awesome."
Tecumseh improves their record to 13-7. Castle falls to 15-8.