FAST START

On the opening pitch of the game, Seymour freshman Rachel Kaufman blasted a home run to set the pace.

Seymour built an early lead against visiting Clarksville, and they never looked back in a 10-3 win Saturday.

Following three quick outs to start the game, the Owls’ offense came out swinging.

After Kaufman’s dinger, junior Katie Suits got a hit and Faith Rebber hit an RBI single to put the Owls up 2-0.

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Seymour sophomore Tori Snook hit a two-run double and freshman Haley Mobley added an RBI as the Owls took a 5-0 lead heading into the second inning.

A home run by the Generals’ pitcher Camry Thomas highlighted three runs scored by the visitors in the top of the second inning.

The Owls’ bats kept ringing in the second, with junior Lo Schmidt, Suits and Rebber adding RBIs to go up 8-2 after two.

Owls head coach Brian Personett said that Kaufman’s early hit set the tone for the game.

“The first pitch she saw was a home run and that kind of set the pace,” Personett said. “More importantly, behind her, we keep hitting the ball. To put a five spot on them in the first inning, I’ve been on the other side of that and it’s demoralizing. We played confidentiality and always answered, we executed well.”

Kaufman relieved the starting pitcher, senior Avery Clark, in the the fourth inning and struck out all six of her batters while in the circle for two innings.

Seymour’s pitching continued to dominate when Rebber stepped in, as she tossed a pair of strikeouts.

The Owls had eight-straight Ks from the fourth to midway through the sixth inning.

“I think it goes back to the start we had,” Personett said. “Our pitchers got on a roll there. Everybody got some reps today. We got some kids in who didn’t play any varsity ball. All-in-all, it was a pretty good day.”

In the top of the sixth, the Generals scored their final run of the day on a pair of fielding errors by the Owls.

Jewels Jones and Kaufman scored a pair of runs for the Owls in the sixth inning on an error at the Generals’ second base.

The Generals didn’t get on base in the seventh inning.

Avery Clark was awarded the win in the circle for the Owls.

Seymour out-hit Clarksville 11-5 in the contest, with the Owls committing two errors to the Generals’ four.

Today, the Owls (6-0) will play at Jackson County foes Brownstown Central.

While Seymour is off to a fast start, Personett said his team is just concentrating on the next game.

“I think they’re doing a really good job at focusing on the task at hand,” Personett said. “Nobody is really talking about the record (on the team). After the game, our sole focus is on Brownstown. I know we have a game on Tuesday, but we’re just focusing on the next one at Brownstown.”

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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.