For The Tribune

The Seymour softball team entered Thursday’s Hoosier Hills Conference matchup with Columbus East wanting to come out strong and score early.

That’s exactly what the Owls did, as they scored one run in the first inning and three in the second, coasting to an 8-0 win.

Owls sophomore pitcher Lo Schmidt allowed one hit, a single into left field, through six innings before junior Faith Laiz came in and finished out the seventh inning.

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Schmidt notched three strikeouts, Laiz recorded one, and the defense committed two errors.

“I thought we played a complete game tonight,” Owls coach Brian Personett said. “Lo and Faith pitched a one-hitter. We wanted to throw first-pitch strikes, and we did a good job with that tonight.”

Personett also gave a lot of credit to the team’s catcher, Bailey Robinson.

“One of the unsung heroes when a pitcher has a great game is the catcher,” Personett said. “Bailey called a great game behind the plate. We were familiar with some of their hitters and Bailey just called it great.”

Senior Emily Bobb led Seymour with three hits and three RBIs. Owls sophomore Haley Westfall also added a pair of hits and two RBIs.

Five other Owls finished with one hit apiece.

The Olympians’ Kaitlyn Wagner recorded a single in the sixth inning and pitcher Hayley Smalley went the distance on the mound giving up 10 hits with one strikeout.

Seymour (6-2, 2-1) heads to Clarksville tomorrow.

“We are in a brutal stretch of the season right now, where we play about every night,” Personett said. “We just need to go home, get rest and do it again tomorrow.”