For The Tribune
The Seymour baseball team backed Satoshi Hirose’s four-hit pitching with a 10-hit attack of their own and blanked Brownstown Central 9-0 on Tuesday afternoon at American Legion Field.
While Hirose did not allow the Braves more than one hit in an inning and struck out eight and walked one, the Owls were able to bunch their hits together to score five times in the second to take control of the game.
Seth Maki led off Seymour’s second with a walk. AJ Boshears singled and Janzen Bloom sent a high, long drive into the pine trees in straight away left field to make it a 3-0 game.
The Owls’ Alan Perry doubled, Hirose walked and the runners moved up on a balk.
Seymour’s Luis Munoz grounded out to score Perry, and Hirose scored on a single by Jorge Vega.
Bloom reached first base safely in the third inning on a strike out-throwing error and scored on another double by Perry before Maki tripled leading off the fifth inning and scored on a single by Boshears, and Boshears scored on an infield out by Ryan Wieneke.
Matt Fourman singled in the sixth and scored on an error.
Seymour coach Jeremy Richey said he was pleased with the team effort.
“Much better than Saturday,” he said. “I think our kids responded well. We focused a lot more on the how instead of the who. We’ve been talking lately about not really getting up for some games and not showing up for other games. We’re trying to be the same team every day, and I think our attitude and our demeanor showed that today. We just showed up to play.
“We talked about extending the lead. We were up 5-0, and Seth and AJ both come up and each score a run, and that’s two sophomores in that position.”
Braves coach John Lawson said, “I think the difference in the game, we walked some batters. We had some counts in our favor, too, and kind of let them battle back and give them a little bit better hitting count. They hit the ball. Seymour stroked it pretty good. You’ve got to tip your hat to them.
“I wasn’t real disappointed in our pitching other than walking three and hitting one. You know walks are going to happen in high school. You’ve just got to minimize giving the other team extra base runners. We’ve got to capitalize on some things ourselves.”
Brownstown’s hits were singles by Ian Martin in the second, Sy Zickler in the fourth and Austin Green in the fifth.
Zach McCory doubled for the Braves in the third.
Hirose did not allow a runner to advance to third base.
“We couldn’t string anything together, and they strung some of theirs together and that’s what hurt us,” Lawson said. “We’ve got work to do, but talent-wise, I think we’re going to be OK. We’ve got to get some confidence as a team.”
Bloom’s home run was the Owls (2-3) first of the season.
“We had just missed a lot,” Richey said. “I think Luis has had three or four balls on the warning track. We’ve had some other balls that have gotten out to the warning track, but just haven’t got out of here. Bloom got every bit of that one. That was a pretty good shot.”
Perry, Vega and Boshears had two hits apiece.
“It was the first day of him coming out,” Richey said of Boshears said. “We’re just getting him back to healthy. The arm is still not fully heathy, but he is able to hit. He can run, he’s been our courtesy runner a lot. “
Richey said he felt like Hirose had a strong performance on the mound.
“Sami was very efficient,” he said. “We anticipated going to Tyler (Bloom) at some point, but we never had to tonight. We’re going to play Jeffersonville (at home) Thursday with Tyler, and Janzen and Ryan all ready to go. I thought he mixed it up very well, kept them off-balance and threw the ball by them when he needed to.”
The Braves (1-2) will host Eastern (Pekin) for a Mid-Southern Conference game Thursday.