Playing against tough teams, errors can make all the difference in the outcome of a softball game.

A handful of Seymour errors, mostly mental mistakes, turned into runs in a 8-3 loss to Charlestown on Monday.

In the first inning, the Owls opened a 2-0 lead behind three hits.

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Owls junior Baylee Robinson brought in the first run with a hit and an RBI single from sophomore Lo Schmidt widened the deficit.

“We always want to score first, and we scored first, and that’s a positive we can take away from it,” Owls coach Brian Personett said. “The bottom line is that Charlestown is a tough team, and when you make mistakes, they capitalize. You can’t make mistakes against good teams.”

Following a scoreless second inning, the Pirates scored on an error and junior Carly Price hit an RBI single to tie the game at 2-2 in the third.

The fifth inning was disastrous for the Owls, as mental mistakes piled up, giving up four runs on errors and the Pirates amassed three hits.

Pinch hitting for the Owls in the sixth, senior Keia Blair notched a sacrifice RBI to score her team’s final run on the evening.

The Owls finished with seven hits while giving up 10 to the Pirates.

“We had three hits in the first inning and then four the rest of the way,” Personett said. “It felt like several times we didn’t have quality at-bats against them. As the season goes on, we’re going to see better and better pitching. We are going to need to find a way to have quality at-bats against quality pitchers.”

Personett also was unhappy with the number of mental lapses in recent games.

“We’ve had a couple of these games here in the last week and a half or so,” he said. “Defensively, I think we’re a pretty decent team. It’s just one of those things: like when hits are contagious, sometimes errors can be also. It just kind of snowballs.”

Heading into tonight’s game at Floyd Central, the Owls (6-4) hope to rediscover their composure.

“Better focus,” Personett said. “We talked to the girls that we didn’t feel like we had very good communication tonight. There were a couple times that balls were cut that shouldn’t have been cut. It was windy tonight, and you have to be loud because it’s hard to hear.”

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Jordan Morey is sports editor at The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at jmorey@tribtown.com or 812-523-7069.