Owls prove to be too much for Panthers

The Seymour baseball team had a productive night at the plate in a 8-3 victory against the Corydon Central on Tuesday evening at American Legion Field.

Seth Maki and Satoshi Hirose led the Owls (7-5) offense.

Maki was 2-for-3 with a triple and home run, knocking in four RBIs while Hirosi went 4-4 with two RBIs and two runs.

“This is what we expected from him,” Owls coach Jeremy Richey said of Maki. “We know he is going to have guys on base in front of him and he’s going to have a lot of opportunities to hit them in and tonight he did a good job of doing that.”

Richey said Hirose has the ability to set the tone for the Owls’ offense.

“We go when Sammy goes,” Richey said. “If you look at the games where we have scored a lot of runs, he is involved.”

Richey said Hirose has gained confidence at the plate and the team needs him to continue to be productive in the number two slot.

“He’s really stinging it,” he said. “I think he’s the big factor right now of how well we do offensively.”

The Owls started quickly, scoring two runs in the first inning.

Hirose got things going by doubling. Luis Munoz was then hit by a pitch.

Maki stepped to the plate and belted a triple to score both Hirosi and Munoz. That would be the only runs the Owls would score in the first inning.

Both teams were scoreless in the second inning. The Owls then tallied two runs in both the third and fourth innings.

Runs in the third inning came from a two-run home run launched to left field by Maki.

Maki lifted the pitch with two outs. Hirosi was on third for home run after reaching on a bunt-single. He then advanced to second on a error by pitcher Logan Murphy in an attempt to pick him off. Hirosi advanced to third on a wild pitch.

Runs in the fourth inning came off a two-out single from Hirosi that scored Michael Knechy and AJ Boshears.

The top of the fifth is when the Panthers would do their only damage of the game.

The Panthers scored off an RBI double from Jordan Ripperman, who batted in Noah Windell. Windell led off the inning with his own double.

The second run came as Perry faked a putout to first to complete a strikeout. After faking the throw to first, Perry attempted to throw out Alec Saulman at third. The play would have worked, but Perry’s throw was high and went into left field over third baseman RJ Kleber, allowing Sauman to score.

First baseman Clayton Schreck then singled in shortstop Jordan Ripperman.

Tyler Bloom scored a run on a wild pitch in the fifth and Alan Perry scored as Corydon threw the ball to second to catch Hirosi stealing in the sixth inning.

Perry pitched five innings for the Owls, allowing four hits, three runs while fanning eight batters and walking five.

Freshman Jaden Brown made his varsity debut for the Owls in a relief appearance for Perry.

Brown threw two scoreless innings with one hit, two strikeouts and no walks.

Richey praised what he saw from Brown’s two innings of work.

“To come in in the big part of their order and to throw two innings like that, that’s a good thing for us,” Richey said. “Moving forward we’re going to need more arms and he showed tonight that he isn’t afraid of it and he can be effective.

Overall, Richey said he thought the team should have scored more runs, but that he was satisfied with their ability to create opportunities to score.

“I thought this was a night we should have scored a few more runs, but we took some chances later on to make things happen,” he said. “It was a good outing.”

The Owls will host Austin on Saturday.