CLOSE CALL

The Seymour baseball team held on to a pair of runs in the fourth inning to edge Hoosier Hills Conference and sectional rivals Jennings County 2-1 on Monday at American Legion Field.

Down 1-0 in the fourth, the Owls got on base with a single from senior Keenan Bohall.

Junior Zach Carpenter, the courtesy runner, stole second and sophomore Seth Maki followed with a walk.

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Carpenter would be forced out, the second in the inning, after a fielder’s choice to sophomore AJ Boshears.

An error at the Panthers’ shortstop off a strike by Owls junior Tyler Bloom allowed Maki to score and tie the game.

With the next at-bat, freshman Alex Holt hit an RBI single to score Boshears.

The Panthers would have another throwing error in the field on the play, but at second base.

Owls junior pitcher Satoshi Hirose gave up three more hits the rest of the way while amassing five strikeouts and no walks en route to the win.

Senior Jacob Wingate was charged the loss for the Panthers.

“It’s big for him, (Hirose) throws a lot of strikes,” Owls coach Jeremy Richey said. “That’s the thing about him, you have to beat him when he’s on the mound. He’s not going to give up much. He might give up some hits, but he’s not going to put a lot of runners on base himself. Tonight, he did a great job — he was dominant most of the night.”

The first inning flew by, as Seymour and Jennings County both completed double plays in the infield.

Neither team got hits in the first two innings.

Panthers senior Trevor Milligan got the offense rolling in the third inning with a double.

With two outs, Jennings County senior Avery Johnson hit an RBI single to right field to score Milligan.

Johnson would tally another hit, along with seniors Jacob Clark and Tyler Vogel.

“It was two teams that were kind of struggling at the plate a little bit,” Richey said. “We’re struggling more in key moments. We hit a lot of hard balls, we just didn’t score a lot of runs off them.”

The Panthers (4-7) outhit the Owls 5-4 in the contest.

Holt, in his third career start, had two hits.

“(Holt) is a tough kid at the plate,” Richey said. “I’m very pleased with him right now. He has done a great job of stepping in. He got an opportunity and he’s taking full advantage of it.”

The Owls (7-5) will travel to Corydon Central tonight.

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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.