Owls lifted by early scoring

Clobbering 11 hits, the Seymour softball team’s offense rolled early against visiting Jeffersonville on Saturday morning.

After building a 5-1 lead after three innings, the Owls held on for a 7-2 victory against their Hoosier Hills Conference foe.

With a pair of outs in the first inning, and two on base, the Owls’ Faith Rebber dropped a 2 RBI hit over the Red Devils’ first baseman.

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The Red Devils cut their deficit to 2-1 in the second inning when Jennah Tincher blasted a hit to center field to score Faith Denig.

Haley Westfall led off with a single before stealing second and third base in the bottom of the inning. Despite a pair of outs, which included a dive by the Red Devils’ catcher at home plate on a foul ball, Tori Snook dinged a two-run home run to left field to boost the Owls’ lead to 4-1.

Rebber notched her third RBI in the bottom of the third inning following a double from Katie Suits.

Neither team scored in the fourth inning, as the Owls held on to the 5-1 advantage.

With two runners on base in the top of the fifth inning, the Red Devils scored on an error in left field.

Jeffersonville loaded the bases, but couldn’t take advantage.

Rachel Kaufman was substituted by Mikayla Moore as pitcher in the sixth inning.

Following three quick fielding outs, the Owls’ Tori Snook scored Anna Bullard on an RBI single.

With the next at bat, Haley Mobley’s RBI single to right field completed the Owls’ scoring.

Owls coach Jerry Burton said that Snook and Rebber each had solid outings.

Snook and Rebber had three RBI to lead Seymour. Rebber, Snook, Suits and Westfall each finished with two hits.

While the offense came to life early, Burton said he wants to see more production later in games.

“I’m pleased that we (scored early), but I’m not pleased that we don’t hit the rest of the game,” he said. “That’s something we need to work on and become more consistent at. We can’t just come out and have one or two good innings and think that’s enough to win the game. We need to be a little more consistent throughout the game.”

Kaufman pitched five innings with seven hits, five walks, four strikeouts and two runs. Moore threw two with one hit.

Burton said he wants to see the pitchers command the count better moving forward.

“I thought we were behind in the count far too much,” he said. “We need to be sharper and not have a full count with every batter.”

The Owls (3-1), who have won three straight, will play today at Mitchell.