Owls roll in home opener

Seymour’s softball team scored five runs in the second and five more in the fifth to roll to an 11-3 win against Madison in their home opener Monday afternoon.

The Owls batted around in the second inning, sending 10 batters to the plate.

Six Owls shared in the 11 hits, and eight different players scored, and coach Brian Personett said he was pleased to see the team effort on offense.

“We hit the ball hard,” Personett said. “A couple times we hit it right at them, but for the most part we hit the ball hard. When you do that consistently usually good things happen.

“They were kind of late getting here. We were warmed up sitting here waiting, kind of jacking (waiting) around a little bit. I don’t think we were really sharp when the game started. Their top four hitters all hit the ball, some of them hit it hard, and they put two runs on us right off the bat.”

After the Cubs started the game with three straight hits and a sacrifice fly for a 2-0 lead, Rachel Kaufman led off the bottom of the first with a double, and Baylee Robinson followed with a double to produce one run.

Avery Clark doubled in the bottom of the second and scored on an error, and with two out, Kaufman, Robinson and Lo Schmidt had back-to-back hits, and the Cubs committed a second error as the Owls went on top 6-2 after two innings.

Madison made it 6-3 in the top of the fourth before Schmidt led off the fifth with a single and scored on a triple by Katie Suits. After Suits scored on an infield out, Mckenna Curry singled and came home on Clarks’ blast over the fence in left-center.

Kaufman had three hits, three RBI and scored two runs; Robinson, Schmidt and Clark had two hits each, and Clark and Tori Snook each scored two runs.

“Clark hit the home run, and Kaufman hit three balls really hard,” Personett said. “Everybody contributed, everybody’s hitting the ball hard. Offensively, I thought we played about as well as we can.”

The Owls struck out six times and received one walk. Defensively, the Owls committed one error.

Schmidt pitched the first four innings, and Clark went the last three. Schmidt had eight strike outs and no walks, and Clark walked two and struck out two.

“A lot of people don’t understand how hard it is for pitchers to pitch in cold weather,” Personett said. “Their fingers get cold, fingers get numb. It’s just tough to pitch in cold weather.”

The Owls (3-0) will play at Henryville today and be home to Silver Creek on Thursday.

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Arv Koontz is a sports correspondent for The (Seymour) Tribune.