COMING UP CLUTCH: Seymour sophomore hits walk-off home run against Henryville


In the eighth inning, down one run, Seymour’s baseball team had one man on base and one out.

Sophomore Jayden Brown said he simply wanted to get on base.

With one swing of his bat, he ended the game.

Brown connected on a pitch he sent over the left-center field wall for a walk-off home run as the Owls defeated Henryville 5-4 at home Monday evening.

“It’s been my dream for a long time,” Brown said of his walk off homer. “It feels great.”

The home run capped off a night where the Owls battled with the Hornets over the lead throughout the game.

“For him to come up there and get that hit, that’s huge for a sophomore,” coach Jeremy Richey said.

Brown was also the starting pitcher for the Owls, throwing five innings, giving up two hits, one unearned run, six strikeouts and two walks.

“That was his first at bat of the night, so for him to step in there after pitching, that’s great to hit a no-doubter to end it,” Richey said.

The hit was sure to make it a memorable senior night for the team’s nine seniors.

The Hornets scored a run in the seventh inning to tie the game at three and send the game into extra innings.

In the top of the eighth, the Hornets hit three soft hits into centerfield off Owls’ pitcher Alan Perry, who was pitching in a relief role for Brown.

The last of the hits came from the Hornets’ Ian Stumpf, which knocked in Luke Stock to give the Hornets a go-ahead 4-3 lead that set up Brown’s walkoff homer.

Things got started in the third inning for the Hornets as Alex Powers scored on a flyball hit by Stock that went over Ben Nieves head.

Powers was pinch running for Chris Buysman who reached on an error.

Nieves saved a run for the Owls when threw Elijah Marcum out at the plate when he tried to score from first.

The Owls answered back in the bottom of the inning when Seth Maki doubled to left center field to plate Perry. Perry doubled when he hit a ball hard to left field earlier in the inning. The ball hit the ground and hopped over the head of Chase Hines, allowing Perry to take second.

Perry advanced to third on a ground out from AJ Boshears.

Maki scored to give the Owls the lead when the Hornets made two errors on a hit from Michael Knecht.

Kade Badger first bobbled the ground ball hit by Knecht and when he threw the ball to first baseman Stumpf, he couldn’t hold on the ball, allowing Maki to score.

The Hornets threatened to score in the fifth inning when Chase Hines reached on an error to lead off. Seymour catcher Ty McCory flashed his defensive skills to put out Hines when he took much of a lead at second base to end the inning.

Henryville was able to tie the game in the sixth when Stock hit a single to score Trevor Badger.

The Owls answered back and took a 3-2 lead when Matthew Moore hit a rocket to centerfield, scoring Ty McCory. McCory led off the inning with a single.

Henryville tied the game again on a double from Buysman in the seventh that went over the head of AJ Boshears, who attempted to make a shoestring catch. Austin Roth scored on the play and the Owls came up short in the bottom half of the inning to send the game into extra innings.

Richey said he was proud of the way his team battled through all the difficult situations they faced throughout the night.

“They kept battling back and so did we,” he said. “We’ve been in a lot of situations this year and you hope their resilience will show up at a time like this because we’ve been through this where other teams have done this to us, so it’s good to turn that around.”

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