Owls offense makes quick work of Columbus East


On senior night, Seymour put together one of its finest performances of the season.

The Owls collected 12 hits in a 11-1, five-inning victory against Columbus East on Monday.

While the seniors were honored prior to the game, it was sophomore Rachel Kaufman who made the most noise.

On top of striking out eight East (13-10) batters and allowing just three hits and an unearned run in the circle, Kaufman smashed two home runs and totaled 7 RBI on the evening.

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“(Kaufman) was more patient tonight,” Owls coach Jerry Burton said. “She hit good pitches. It was good to see from her.”

Kaufman struck out two while holding East scoreless in the top of the first inning.

The Seymour (16-5) offense came to life out of the gates, collecting six hits with everyone in the order getting an at-bat.

Following singles by Tori Snook and Haley Mobley, Kaufman blasted a home run over the centerfield fence — just under the scoreboard — to put the Owls up 3-0 with no outs.

With two outs and teammate Lo Schmidt on base, Haley Westfall extended the lead to 4-0 on an RBI single.

Kaufman struck another pair out in the top of the second inning.

Back at the top of the order, Snook led with a double. After an East error, Kaufman sacrificed to centerfield to score Snook and extend the Owls’ advantage to 5-0.

The offense kept rolling.

An RBI single by Schmidt then scored Mobley. With runners on first and third bases Kate Snook sacrificed to left field for another Seymour run. A passed ball allowed Faith Rebber to steal home, and the Owls led 8-0.

A walk on Kaitlin Wagner and bunt from Madyson Foster put runners on second and first bases for East in the top of the third inning with one out.

Neither would cross home as Kaufman struck out the next two batters.

Again with Snook and Mobley on base, Kaufman slammed a home run. The ball, which went over the left field fence, pushed the Seymour lead to 11-0 at the end of three innings.

East got on the board on account of three straight mistakes by the Owls in the top of the fourth inning.

The Olympians put runners on first and third base on infield errors before Haley Engelking scored on a wild pitch.

A pair of Kafuman strikeouts and a ground out put the Owls back in the batter’s box.

Neither team would score the rest of the way, as the Owls got the win.

Jordan Johnston was the losing pitcher for East, tossing all four innings.

“We had been struggling some offensively,” Burton said. ‘It was nice to see them get the ball on the bat and score some runs early. In fast pitch, it’s always a big deal when you get ahead. Everyone was in it tonight, it was a good team effort.”

McKenna Curry, Katie Suits, Marie Lenart, Rebber, Westfall and Schmidt are the Owls’ seniors.

“This is a really good group (of seniors),” Burton said. “They’re really going to be missed.”

On Thursday, Seymour will play a makeup game with Roncalli before hosting Franklin Community on Friday.

“We need to be playing well with sectional coming up,” Burton said. “You need to make sure you’re at your best going into it. Roncalli and Franklin should prepare us for the sectional.”

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