Seymour tops Columbus East in HHC tourney

Seymour put runs on the board in four different innings to defeat Columbus East 8-5 Friday in the Hoosier Hills Conference tournament.

After East scored three runs in the top of the first, the Owls came back with two runs in the bottom of the inning, then added three runs in the third, a single run in the fourth and two in the sixth.

Owls coach Jeremy Richey said he was pleased to see his team respond with two runs in the bottom of the first after falling behind early.

“It wasn’t a perfect game,” he said. “We just beat a really good baseball team not playing perfect. It seems like in a lot of games this year, when things went bad, we put a lot of pressure on ourselves that we had to be perfect and that is just not how baseball is, especially high school baseball.

“The way we responded to giving up three runs in the first inning and come back and play the way that we played, I hope that is the attitude that we continue with because it was different from the time we got there today, just the way they acted and the way they approached the game.”

Alan Perry singled to lead off the first for the Owls, Luis Munoz walked, Jorge Vega singled to drive in one run and Tyler Bloom walked with the bases loaded to force in the second run.

The Owls loaded the bases in the first, third and fourth innings.

In the third, Seth Maki singled, Keenan Bohall was safe on a fielder’s choice, Tyler Bloom walked and Janzen Bloom hit a bloop single over first base that brought in Maki.

Alex Holt grounded out to the pitcher as Bohall scored. When the first baseman rolled the ball back to the mound, Tyler Bloom scored.

Satoshi Hirose doubled in the fourth and scored, Munoz singled, Maki singled to drive in one run and Bohall tripled to drive in the Owls’ final run.

The Owls pounded out 11 hits off two East pitchers with Maki going 3-for-four with two runs and two RBI.

Perry and Munoz both had two hits, and Munoz scored two runs.

“We had hits up and down the line up,” Richey said. “Maki hit two or three shots there, and got things going for us again. I’m very proud the way we batted offensively because that pitcher was pretty good.”

For East, John Crawford had two hits and scored two runs, and Drew Hasson had two hits and three RBI.

Hirose was awarded the win on the mound for Seymour.

The Owls (10-7) will host Floyd Central in the tournament’s fifth-place game at 10 a.m., and then the Owls will face Scottsburg in a single game.

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