Junior Lo Schmidt got it done at the plate and in the circle for the Seymour softball team Tuesday, as the Owls stayed undefeated at 8-0 with a 2-1 win against New Albany.
In the first inning, with a pair of outs, Schmidt got the Owls’ first hit of the day with a double.
Seymour junior Katie Suits followed with an RBI double to center field to give the Owls a 1-0 advantage.
“I’m not a big stat guy, but one stat we pay attention to is the batting average with runners in scoring position,” Owls coach Brian Personett said. “We didn’t do it really well tonight, but we got enough across. In the bottom of the first, two doubles puts a runner on the board and those are huge hits.”
Schmidt hit another RBI double in the third inning to score Baylee Robinson, who got on base with a single.
From the second to the sixth inning, Schmidt and the Owls’ fielding unit retired 10 of the Bulldogs in consecutive order.
With one out in the sixth, Marissa Jones and Kennedy Wynn got on base for the Bulldogs with back-to-back singles.
Terah Crosier would score Jones on a sacrifice fly to put up the Bulldogs’ lone run on the day.
With a runner on first in the seventh, Robinson, playing catcher, caught a bunt and rifled the ball to first baseman Suits for a double play.
A popout would secure the wins for the Owls.
Seymour out-hit the Bulldogs 8-6 without giving up an error.
“This is the second straight night where we didn’t have an error defensively,” Personett said. “I think the kids are really focused. They’ve got each others backs; if someone makes a mistakes another picks them up.”
Schmidt threw all seven innings with six strikeouts, six hits, one walk and an earned run.
Personett said he has limited Schmidt’s pitch count due to a lingering ailment.
“Lo had tendentious in her wrist and didn’t throw for five weeks coming into the season,” Personett said. “That’s one reason why her innings have been limited. We kept asking her if she was good every inning (Tuesday), and she said she had three outs still in her in that last inning.”
Whitney Atkins was charged the loss in the circle for New Albany.
This is the best start the Owls have recorded under Personett, in his sixth year of coaching
Personett said he believes it’s the best start for the program in school history.
The Owls play Thursday at Columbus East.