The Seymour baseball team faced a tough test Saturday against visiting Class 2A No. 10-ranked Austin following a loss to Class 4A No. 6 Columbus North on Friday.
With the loss behind them, the Owls snagged a pair of wins at American Legion in their first true doubleheader of the season.
Following a 2-0 win in game one, the Owls rallied in the bottom of the seventh to take a 5-4 victory.
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In game two, on a 3-2 count, sophomore Luis Muñoz cracked an RBI single to center field to score junior Jacob Ahlbrand for the walk-off run.
“Situational hitting is a big part of our practicing right now,” Owls coach Jeremy Richey said. “I think were about due for one. We’ve had a lot of situations where we didn’t come through. We did today, and hopefully that builds confidence.”
The Owls posted the first run, in the bottom of the first when sophomore Satoshi Hirose hit an RBI double to left field.
Owls pitcher Janzen Bloom held the Eagles hitless until the fifth inning when Dakota Staschke drilled a two-RBI double to left to tie the game at 2-2.
An RBI single by Muñoz in the bottom of the sixth put the Owls back on top, and a walked-in run, put the squad up 4-2.
The Eagles rallied in the seventh inning scoring two runs off a home run in center-left field from Josh Helton prior to the Owls’ final score.
Bloom picked up the win on the mound for the Owls throwing five strikeouts, two hits and six walks and Hirose closed with four strikeouts and three hits. Both pitchers gave up two runs.
In game one, Owls senior Mitchell Moore put on an elite showing on the mound with 10 strikeouts, two hits and one base-on-balls while giving up zero runs.
Moore came up with a single while Muñoz and Keenan Bohall each tallied doubles.
The Owls were able to score runs in the second and third, behind just three total hits, to snag the win.
“It feels good, especially the way we did it,” Richey said. “Mitch (Moore) pitched a great game: shutting them down.”
Richey said his Owls team carried confidence over from the first four innings at Columbus North on Friday.
“I loved our approach (Friday) night, it just got away from us a little bit at the end,” Richey said. “We took what we did the first five innings yesterday, and carried the confidence to today, and that’s a big reason why we won.”
With the Hoosier Hills conference a week away, the Owls hope to peak this upcoming week.
“This group is growing, they’re maturing,” Richey said. “I liked our approach not just expecting to win the second game. (Austin) didn’t come down here to lose, and it means more when you when the first game before looking to take the second one.
“Our kids didn’t just settle for one (win). That’s a step forward for this group. They keep getting better and the confidence keeps improving. I’m not sure we’re where we want to be yet but we’re getting there.”