Tuesday was one of those days when just about everything seemed to go right for Seymour’s baseball team and very little went right for Brownstown Central.
The Owls took control of this one from the start as the first two batters in the top of the first scored, and Seymour added runs in each of the next four innings for an 11-0 win in five innings.
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Matthew Moore tossed a one-hitter for the Owls and was backed by a 15-hit attack.
Owls coach Jeremy Richey liked the way Moore pitched and the way the team swung the bats.
“Our hitting started a little bit at times (against Columbus East), but I thought we were a lot better at the plate on Saturday. We had a good day (Monday) in the facility and we’re starting to put some things together offensively.
“I think we barreled the ball up a lot which is the big part for us. We can’t control hits and things, but we can control getting the barrel and we found it a lit tonight.”
Seven different starters had at least one hit, and the other two batters were both on base twice.
Richey said he liked how aggressive the Owls were running the bases and the Braves committed four errors.
“Our athleticism played a little bit tonight,” he said. “We got picked off three times tonight but I’m not upset with that because all three times were aggressiveness.”
Moore had a perfect game through four innings before Jalen Tiemeyer lined a single to left field leading off the fifth. Moore finished with a one-hitter and he struck out eight and didn’t walk any.
Richey said he saw Moore show improvement last Thursday against Columbus East and was at the top of his game against the Braves, and that he had a good conversation with Moore after the East game.
“For 3½ innings he was really good against them,” Richey said. “He mixed things up and they elevated a couple balls but he got to two strikes a lot.
“I think a lot of the strike outs tonight were the result of what happened the other night in the game because he said, ‘coach, I keep getting to 0-2 but I can put them away.’ That’s what good hitters do and the only way Matthew is going to get better on the mound is by facing line ups like that so he can learn how to put people away with two strikes.
“He was throwing three pitches for strikes tonight. He threw his changeup well, his curve ball looked good and when he throws those two well that velocity looks little bit faster than it is. This is only his second time on the mound in a varsity game.”
Braves Coach Brandon Tormoehlen was not happy with his team.
“Jeremy did a nice job getting his guys ready to play and I didn’t,” Tormoehlen said. “They came out right out of the shoot and punched us in the mouth and we didn’t respond. We didn’t compete and that’s my fault.”
In the top of the first, R.J. Kleber was safe on an error, Takumi Nishiwaki walked and both scored on a double by Devin Hill. Brayden Wilson singled to score Hill for a 3-0 lead.
Hill had an RBI single in the second, and another run scored on an error for a 5-0 lead.
The Owls then put together their best hitting display of the season as Wilson, Jayden Brown, Braden Christopher, Michio Sekiguchi, Kleber and Nishiwaki had consecutive hits. Sekiguchi’s hit drove in two runs.
Hill singled and scored on a hit by Wilson in the fourth, while Kleber had a hit and scored on a hit by Hill in the fifth.
Hill went 4-for-4, including a double, he had four RBIs and scored two runs.
Wilson had three hits and, including a double, and had two RBIs, while Kleber, Nishiwaki and Sekiguchi had two hits apiece. Kleber scored three runs, while Nishiwaki scored twice.
The Owls (3-3) will travel to Jeffersonville Thursday, and the Braves (5-2) will travel to Paoli on Saturday.