For The Tribune
Seymour baseball coach Jeremy Richey has seen his Owls put up strong battles against several good teams this spring only to fall short in the end.
The latest of that kind of contests came Thursday afternoon against No. 2-ranked Floyd Central on senior night at American Legion Field.
The game was tied 2-2 after five innings before the Highlanders scored three in the sixth and one in the seventh for a 6-2 win that pushed their record to 17-2.
“That’s kind of been our story to this point in the season when we play good people like this,” Richey said. “We’ve been competitive, and our kids are starting to see that we’re competitive. We just have to be able to sustain seven innings against a good team like this.”
The Owls didn’t wait long to get their offense going as Mitchell Moore led off the bottom of the first inning with a home run over the fence in left field.
Ryan Wieneke followed with a single and advanced on a single by Satoshi Hirose, and after Jorge Vega sacrificed the runners up a base, Keenan Bohall grounded out to shortstop with Wieneke scoring.
“The last week we’ve had two or three real good practices where we’ve put a lot of emphasis at the plate,” Richey said. “It’s not a mechanical thing; our timing has been bad and we barreled a lot of balls up tonight that we didn’t get anything for.
“We got seven hits off of them. That’s the tough part tonight, we outhit them, we only had one error and we end up losing. That is something we’ve got to get through.”
Floyd Central had solo home runs by Kyle Beach in the second inning and Phillip Archer in the fourth inning to tie the game 2-2 going into the sixth inning when they had a single, two walks and a hit batter, and the Owls committed an error and that combination gave the Highlanders three runs, and they used three hits to score one in the seventh.
Wieneke and Bohall had two hits each, with one of Wieneke’s being a double.
Seymour stranded runners in the five of the seven innings and had seven left on.
“I’m a little pleased tonight,” Richey said. “I wish we could have scored more than two runs, especially after scoring two in the first. We‘re showing signs that we can hit good pitching.
“We just have to get better at that, and we know we’re going to see a lot of good pitching next week (in the Hoosier Hills Tournament), and the only way to get better at it is to see it more, and I think we’re taking steps in the right direction.”
Seniors Seth Stuckwisch, Moore, Brandon Shafer Clayton Mettert and Bobby Kaufman, along with their parents, were introduced before the game.
The Owls take a record of 11-6 into a makeup game at Clarksville on Saturday starting at noon.