Reflecting on tradition: Former Owls come together on baseball field

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Saturday’s Seymour baseball alumni game gave Walt Franklin the chance to reflect on his time as an Owl.

“I played my first varsity baseball game in April 1962,” the 1965 Seymour High School graduate said. “So this is the 50th year since I played my first game, and I wanted to come back.”

Then there were guys such as Adam Zollman, Jeremy Richey and D.J. Henkle who played together in the 1990s. And there were guys such as Chad Moore, Jase and Mitch Hunnicutt and Jordan Kiel who graduated in recent years.

All of them might have played for SHS at different times, but one thing they have in common is they have helped keep the baseball tradition alive.

“It’s nice to say that the guys I played with are back coaching and are really getting this club where they should be,” Zollman said, referring to Richey and Henkle, who are now coaches at SHS. “It’s fun to say ‘I played there,’ and they are doing so well, and you look at the facilities and things of that nature, it’s fun to say you were a part of this back in the day.”

Twenty alumni gathered for Saturday’s event, which was brought back by Richey three years ago after several years’ absence. The game was originally scheduled for the summer, but it was postponed because of rain. So Richey presented alternate dates to alumni, and Saturday was chosen.

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