For The Tribune

Seymour’s undefeated softball team knew that Class 2A No. 3 Henryville would be a tough team to beat. Yet the Henryville players said they felt the same about the Owls, who had four wins and no losses for the season.

With the Owls trailing 9-7 going into the bottom of the final inning, Seymour had runners on first and third, with the tying run on first and the winning run at the plate.

Despite their best effort, the Owls couldn’t plate either run as they dropped their first game of the season.

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“I was proud of our team, the way they battled,” Owls coach Brian Personett said. “Overall, I think there are a lot of positives we can take away from this game. We had a good chance to win at the end, and that’s all you can ask for.”

Avery Clark went the distance on the mound, pitching all seven innings for the Owls.

Errors played a huge role in hampering the Owls’ defense.

On the night, the Owls committed seven errors to the Hornets’ single mistake.

With the Owls leading 5-3 going into the third, they committed a total of four infield errors, mostly throwing, which allowed the Hornets to score four times.

The Hornets held onto the lead from that point on as they managed to hold on for the win.

For the Owls, Lo Schmidt had a great hitting night, going 3 for 3.

The Owls finished with eight hits to the Hornets’ 14.

“Jenny (Schroeder) has a great program,” Personett said. “A lot of their kids come out of the ‘Louisville Slugger’ program in Louisville.”

The Owls’ (4-1) next game is noon Saturday at Mitchell.