For The Tribune
Thursday was Autism Awareness Night at Columbus East, and players used wooden bats instead of the louder metal bats.
As a result, hits and runs were at a premium, especially with East’s Drew Hasson and Seymour’s Jayden Brown firing zeroes for most of the game. But the Olympians were able to put up three runs in the fifth, highlighted by Hasson’s two-run double, to claim a 3-0 victory.
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“We talked (Wednesday) at practice that it’s going to come down to some big plays because we knew we were going to see a couple really good arms tonight,” Seymour coach Jeremy Richey said. “With not playing very much, we knew that they had those guys, and we needed to execute things.”
Hasson allowed only two hits in six innings. Julian Greenwell pitched a perfect seventh to preserve the shutout.
Meanwhile, Brown allowed five hits in 42/3 innings, but three of those hits came in the fifth, when the Olympians (1-2) scored all three of their runs. Two infield singles, a passed ball, a walk and Hasson’s two-run double led to their offensive output.
“I thought he got in a groove and pitched really well, but there are some things that we could have done that we just didn’t get to tonight.”
Brown had pitched his way out of a second-and-third, one-out jam an inning earlier. Alan Perry pitched the final 11/3 innings, allowing one hit.
Perry had the first hit for the Owls (1-1), an infield single to lead off the game. Their only other hit was a single from Ty McCory with one out in the third.
“I’m proud of our kids,” Richey said. “It’s tough right now with weather conditions and seeing live pitching, and to come out here and see arms like this. We grew up a lot.”