Seymour baseball loses error-filled HHC opener to Jeffersonville

Seymour baseball coach Jeremy Richey says he is anxious to see how his team performs in today’s game at Scottsburg following Monday’s rough outing against Jeffersonville in the opening round of the Hoosier Hills Conference Tournament.

The Class 4A No. 7-ranked Red Devils took advantage of five Seymour errors to score eight unearned runs in a 13-6 win at American Legion Field.

“The conversation after (Monday’s) game is ‘How do we leave this here?,'” Richey said. “They’re going to be disappointed. I’m sure they were feeling pretty good even as bad as the game was played defensively, they were feeling pretty good at 6-4 in the sixth inning.

“We have to make sure that we don’t allow (Monday) to turn into (Tuesday) because (Tuesday) is a big night for us because we have to build some momentum that we played well early. We showed up thinking that we were going to win today because we played really well on Friday.

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“If we don’t play well (at Scottsburg) it’s going to be tough to go down to New Albany and start off with that enthusiasm, that momentum to give us a chance to be successful Wednesday.”

The Owls will face New Albany in the semifinals of the consolation bracket after the Bulldogs lost 3-2 to Floyd Central on Monday.

Monday, both teams took advantage of the opponent’s errors to score two runs in the second inning.

In the bottom of the inning, Michael Knecht was hit by a pitch and Ty McCory tried to sacrifice him to second, but the bunt was errored and both runners were safe.

Devin Hill moved the runners up with a bunt, and Matthew Moore hit a line drive to left field that was went for a hit to score Knecht, and pinch-runner Alex Holt scored when the ball got away from the fielder.

The Owls made two errors in each of the second and third innings to allow four unearned runs.

Seth Maki singled and later scored on a hit by McCory in the third inning.

Moore led off the fourth inning with a single, and Takumi Nishiwaki tried to sacrifice him to second, but the pitcher’s throw went past the first baseman and Moore scored and Nishiwaki ended up at second. AJ Boshears singled, and Maki grounded out to score Nishawaki. Boshears scored on an error to give the Owls a 6-4 lead.

The Red Devils scored five runs on four hits and three walks in the sixth inning, then scored four unearned runs after the first two batters were retired in the top of the seventh.

The Owls collected 11 hits with Boshears, Knecht, McCory and Moore each getting two. Hill had a double in the seventh inning for the Owls’ only extra base hit.

“The offense is coming along,” Richey said. “We’ve done a little reversal. We’ve been so good defensively for a while and we struggled offensively. But we’ve kind of slipped that and our offense is coming along, which is what we thought we were going to get. That first part of the season as weather and everything else that made us a little slower there.

Defensively, we can’t have five error games because what happens is Alan (Perry) gets us to the sixth inning. If you add up all the extra pitches we threw because of errors he had a shot to get all the way through seven, and that’s makes it tough because we knew we needed him to go deep. He battled to the end and the errors cost us some runs, and more importantly it cost him some pitches.”

Jeff (15-4) had 13 hits off two Seymour pitchers with Bailey Falkenstein going 3-for-3 and he received two walks.

The Owls are 10-7 going to Scottsburg.