Owls grounded by East

With three errors in the first inning, the Seymour softball team knew it was going to face an uphill battle against visiting Columbus East on Wednesday.

The Owls couldn’t muster a comeback after a slow start as they trailed the entire game in their Hoosier Hills Conference Tournament consolation-round matchup, falling 8-3 on the afternoon.

For the Olympians (4-14), it was their first away win on the season.

In the first inning, the Olympians capitalized by scoring one of two runs on three total Owls errors.

The Olympians tacked-on another run in the third inning to take a 3-0 lead.

Another run for the Olympians came-in off an Owls field’s choice in the top of the fourth. Following an RBI single from sophomore Kaitlin Wagner, junior Elyse Babb drilled an RBI double.

A sacrifice RBI from Olympians senior Caitlyn Williams concluded the scoring in the fourth, putting her squad up 7-0.

The Owls managed a mini-rally in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Owls senior Emily Bobb got the Owls’ scoring started with an RBI single to left field and sophomore Katie Suits, who pinch-hit, followed with an RBI double of her own.

An RBI double from pinch-hitting freshman Anna Bullard narrowed the Owls’ Margin to 7-3 to end the fifth.

“I thought Anna Bullard came in and did an outstanding job,” Owls coach Brian Personett said. “Out pinch-hitters stepped in and performed. That’s the one positive I take away from this. We had some great pinch-hit at-bats.”

In the top of the sixth, Babb hit a triple and junior Hayley Smalley notched a sacrifice RBI to conclude the Olympians’ scoring on the day.

The Owls’ Hannah Deaton threw two strikeouts, no walks and five earned runs on the afternoon in five and two-thirds innings.

Tomorrow, the Owls (9-11) will head to Madison to play in the seventh-place game of the HHC tournament.

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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.