You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.


  • ePAPER

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.


Welcome to

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

Tecumseh’s Nicewaner makes good on HR promise

This kind of thing happens only in the movies, which is why goosebumps rose on the arms of Bret Nicewaner when he told the story.

Last Thursday, Nicewaner underwent a cardiac catheterization, a procedure that would finally tell him why he couldn’t walk far without becoming short of breath. He would have liked to have scheduled the procedure for a day when his son Jake, a junior at Tecumseh, didn’t have a baseball game — Bret hadn’t missed a game all year — but it didn’t work out this time.

The night before, Bret told Jake not to worry about him and to do his best the next day in a home game against Springboro.

“I’ll always worry about you, Dad,” Jake told him.

At some point in the conversation, Jake told his mom Shelly, who would also miss the game while accompanying her husband to the hospital, that he would hit a home run for her.

“What about me?” Bret said.

“I’ll hit one for you, too,” Jake said.

Jake had two home runs all season and had never hit two in one game, so that was quite the promise. The Arrows, as a team, have 11 home runs in 819 at-bats. That’s one home run every 74 at-bats. No one expected Jake to actually hit two in one game and do it one day after he said he would.

Yet that’s what happened. With his dad in the hospital and Jake’s sister texting updates of the game to their mom so Bret would know what happened as soon as he woke up after the procedure, Jake homered twice in a 7-4 win over Springboro at Tecumseh. After catching all game, he even had the energy to pitch the seventh inning to get the save.

“It was in the back of my mind trying to play for him,” Jake said. “It felt great. I was seeing the ball well. The ball was big. The second one was a no-doubter for sure. The first one I didn’t think it was gone. It was dead center.”

Bret was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension and is awaiting a medication that should improve his quality of life. He was still a little groggy after the procedure when he found out from Shelly about the home runs.

“I’m just glad his head was in the game and not on me,” Bret said. “They needed him that day.”

Tecumseh has needed Nicewaner even more since its top player, Tony Evans, went down with a torn meniscus. Evans was hitting .423 with 33 RBIs, ranking second in the Central Buckeye Conference in both categories.

The Arrows (23-6) play Lebanon in a Division I sectional final at Centerville High School at 5 p.m. Thursday. The teams met three weeks ago with the Arrows losing 8-7 in nine innings.

Tecumseh and Lebanon split two games last season with Tecumseh winning 10-7 in the regular season and losing 9-8 in the sectional semifinals.

“I think we should have some confidence going into the game,” Tecumseh coach Roger Culbertson said. “We’re familiar with them. This is the fourth game in two years.”

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in

7 things to know about Bengals final 7 draft picks
7 things to know about Bengals final 7 draft picks

The Cincinnati Bengals landed two of the most well known players in the draft in first-round wide receiver John Ross, who lit up the Combine with his record-breaking 4.22 40-yard dash, and running back Joe Mixon, who has been in the news as a controversial figure since being charged with assault in 2014. More serious college fans also might have been...
Dayton Dragons complete dominating sweep of Great Lakes
Dayton Dragons complete dominating sweep of Great Lakes

The Dayton Dragons used more pitchers than manager Luis Bolivar wanted to on Sunday afternoon, but all were successful in frustrating Great Lakes’ batters. Five pitchers took the mound, and they gave up three hits in a 7-1 win over the Loons at Fifth Third Field. The victory completed a dominating series sweep for Dayton, which outscored Great...
Reds rally to top Cardinals, snap four-game losing streak
Reds rally to top Cardinals, snap four-game losing streak

Adam Duvall is not about to reveal his secret. The slumping Cincinnati outfielder hit three doubles and a single Sunday, helping the Reds to a 5-4 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. Duvall began the day in a 4-for-35 skid. He spent several hours working in the indoor batting cage after Saturday’s game was postponed by rain — and discovered...
Greek Freak visits brother in Dayton
Greek Freak visits brother in Dayton

NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo visited the University of Dayton on Saturday, playing at the Cronin Center with his brother Kostas and other Flyers. Giannis, a 6-foot-11 small forward known as the Greek Freak, just completed his fourth season with the Milwaukee Bucks, averaging 22.9 points, 8.8 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game. He started in the NBA...
Report: Springfield native, Miami grad Eaton out for season
Report: Springfield native, Miami grad Eaton out for season

Washington Nationals center fielder Adam Eaton, who was carried off the field Friday, has a torn left ACL and will not play again this season, ESPN reported. The Kenton Ridge High and Miami University alum sustained the injury in the ninth inning of a loss to the New York Mets on a play at first base. He hit a roller to the left side, barely beat the...
More Stories