Seymour’s baseball team is finding their offensive rhythm.
The Owls pounded 10 hits against U.S. 50 foe Jennings County on Friday en route to a 9-5 victory at American Legion Field.
Originally scheduled to be played in North Vernon, the game was moved to Seymour due to poor field conditions at Jennings County.
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“(Jennings County) beat Floyd Central, a top-10 team, 1-0 on Monday and they threw their No. 1 guy (Tyler Vogel) tonight,” Owls coach Jeremy Richey said. “Our offense is coming around. We’ve had some struggles at the plate. To put nine runs on the board, get 10 hits and make some things happen in the running game again, that’s a good game for us.”
The Panthers (4-8) struck first in the opening inning, as Bryce Furnish hit a two-run double with a pair of outs on the board.
Seymour (5-5) answered with their first at-bats.
Alan Perry smashed a shot to right field, which was dropped by the Panthers, and made it all the way to third base on the leadoff.
Satoshi Hirose brought Perry in with an RBI double before reaching third base on a bunt from Luis Munoz. Hirose stole home to put the Owls up 2-0 before both Tyler Bloom and Michael Knecht hit sacrifice RBIs.
Following two scoreless innings, an RBI single from Shawn Houfer cut the Panthers’ deficit to 4-3 in the top of the fourth.
Again, the Owls responded.
Maki hit an RBI double and Tyler Bloom followed with a two-run single to boost the Owls’ advantage to 7-3 after four innings.
In the bottom of the fifth, Munoz sacrificed and Maki hit another RBI double to extend the Owls’ lead to 9-3.
Cody Wilson’s RBI singled in the sixth inning and Matt Kirchner had an RBI single in the seventh, but the Panthers couldn’t make the comeback.
Satoshi Hirose went the distance for the Owls on the mound, finishing with six strikeouts while giving up eight hits.
“It was a good night for (Hirose),” Richey said. ‘We didn’t make some plays behind him which gave up some hits. He threw a few more pitches than we wanted him to, but he battled. It’s good for him to gain some confidence.”
Maki had three hits with two RBI, Hirose hit two and Bloom had three RBI.
“(Maki) had some great adjustments during the game,” Richey said. “He got a couple big hits for us.”
Seven different Owls finished with hits in the game.
Weather pending, the Owls are scheduled to play a doubleheader at Clarksville today.