Owls’ offense too much for Lions

Coach Jerry Burton got offensive production from every spot in the batting order from his Seymour softball team in an 8-3 win over Salem Monday afternoon.

Five different Owls collected hits, five recorded RBIs, and six scored runs.

“It’s always a good thing when you put runs on the board consistently like that,” Burton said. “It was a good night offensively. We had several moments looking at strike three and that we’ve got to change. There’s way too much of that happening. They shouldn’t be expecting that. Us as coaches shouldn’t expect that.”

The Owls struck out six times and walked twice against two Salem pitchers.

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Seymour scored two runs each in the first, third and fourth innings, and single runs in the fifth and sixth.

With one out in the first, Camryn Sterling walked, moved to third on Rachel Kaufman’s double and scored on a wild pitch. Carlee Robinson singled to drive in Kaufman.

Kaufman led off the third with a walk, Robinson singled, and Kate Snook doubled to drive home Kaufman, and Robinson scored on an infield out by Jozie Nicholson.

With one out in the fourth, Grace Meyer was safe on an error at first, and Sterling and Robinson had hits to drive in runs.

Perry singled in the fifth and scored on an infield out by Meyer, and Kaufman led off the sixth with a double and was replaced by pinch-runner Alyna Alverado who scored on a sacrifice fly by Nicholson.

Robinson and Perry both had three hits with Robinson also having two RBIs. Kaufman had two doubles, two RBIs and scored twice, and Nicholson had two RBIs.

Stephanni Kleber went the distance in the circle for the Owls and blanked the Lions until the sixth inning. She finished with five strike outs, no walks, and allowed six hits.

Burton said he was pleased with the sophomore right-hander’s performance.

“Stephanni did a great job,” he said. “She threw a lot of good pitches, got up early and did a nice job.”

The Owls committed one error, and Burton said overall he was pleased with the defense.

“We’ve been pretty solid all year,” he said. “We made a lot of plays. We may have had a let up there. I put a lot of people in there and that may have had something to do with it.

“We wanted to come out with a W tonight. Obviously, tomorrow night is a big game. We didn’t want to be looking ahead.”

Seymour (11-2) will travel to Jennings County tonight in a battle for first place in the Hoosier Hills Conference, as the Owls and Panthers are the only two unbeaten teams in the HHC.