Seymour bats come alive in dominating win against Southwestern


The Seymour softball team hasn’t dropped back-to-back games once in 2017.

Seymour rebounded from a 7-4 loss to Floyd Central on Tuesday by decimating Southwestern (Hanover) 16-0 in five innings Thursday.

The Owls (10-2) battered the Rebels (11-5) with 15 hits while giving up just two at the plate.

With a pair of outs, and teammate Haley Mobley on second base, the Owls’ Lo Schmidt blasted a hit through Rebels pitcher Kelsi Brierly’s legs. Mobley made it all the way home, beating a tag out, to put the Owls up 1-0 in the first inning.

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Owls pitcher Mikayla Moore struck out two in the top of the second inning to hold the Rebels scoreless.

Situational hitting was the theme for the Owls’ offense on the evening.

Again with two outs in the count, the Owls exploded for seven runs in the bottom of the second.

The Owls loaded the bases and first added a run on a walk by Brierly.

Rachel Kafuman slammed a shot to center field for two runs to extend the Owls lead to 4-0. Schmidt then singled for another RBI before Faith Rebber tripled to right field to score two more Owls runners.

Seymour capitalized on an error at the Rebels’ second base to bolster their lead to 8-0 before concluding the second inning.

Following a hit by Mobley, Haley Westfall slid into home plate and beat the catcher to add a Seymour run in the third inning.

In the fourth inning, with two outs, the Owls’ Kate Snook smashed an RBI double to score Schmidt and give the Owls the double digit lead. With loaded bases, Tori Snook scored all runners on base with a double to center field to put the Owls up 13-0.

Carlee Robinson batted two in two with a triple to put the Owls up 15-0. Robinson scurried to home plate on a wild pitch to score the final run.

“I’m really happy with the way they came out and hit the ball,” Owls coach  I thought there could have been a little bit of a let down after the Floyd Central game, but they came out and did what they needed to do. They did a great job.”

Schmidt led the charge with three hits and two RBI while Tori Snook had two hits and three RBI. Mobley, Schmidt Kaufman, and Rebber each totaled two RBIs.

Eleven different batters finished with one hit minimum for the Owls.

Burton said it was good experience for the younger players to get time in on the diamond.

“A lot of these young ladies deserve some playing time,” he said. “I’ve had a hard time getting them in there. It was good tonight to get some more playing time and at-bats tonight.”

Moore had four strikeouts, two hits and no walks in the circle for the win.

Saturday, weather permitting, the Owls will host Class 4A No. 6 Castle and No. 8 Indianapolis Roncalli.

“We’re going to have to play really good defense,” Burton said. “It will probably be a lower scoring game. The defense and pitching needs to be sharp. Both teams we’re going to play are going to be really good. It’s going to take a really good effort from us to come out with wins.”

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