Owls tip Cubs for 20th win

The Seymour High School softball team tied the game in the bottom of the sixth before winning it in the bottom of the seventh, 4-3, over Franklin Friday afternoon.

Owls coach Jerry Burton said it was a good way to finish the regular season.

He said the finish was, “too exciting. It takes a good team to (rally) because we could have easily come in and hung our heads, and a lot of teams will do that, especially against the type of pitcher that was pitching that game.”

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Seymour’s Rachel Kaufman and Franklin’s Izzy Harrison were locked up in a pitching duel, with both right-handers piling up the strike outs through the first four innings as neither team scored during that time, and each pitcher only gave up one single.

The Owls’ Alyssa Perry led off the fifth with a single, and Stephanni Kleber sacrificed her to second. Grace Meyer doubled to drive in Perry. Kaufman followed with another double to drive in courtesy runner Chloe Mellencamp.

Seymour’s lead didn’t hold up for long as Boston Parkhurst and Morgan Carter singled, and Harrison hit a 3-run homer over the fence in centerfield in the top of the sixth.

Carlee Robinson led off the bottom of the sixth with a double. She advanced to third on a passed ball and raced home on a wild pitch for a 3-3 tie.

With two out in the bottom of the seventh, Meyer doubled to left-center and was replaced by Mellencamp, and she scored on a double by Kaufman as the Owls increased their school record for wins in a season to 20.

Kaufman had 16 strike outs, no walks and she allowed five hits. Harrison had 11 strike outs, two walks and gave up seven hits.

Meyer, Kaufman and Perry had two hits apiece, Meyer had two doubles, Kaufman a double and two RBIs, Robinson hit a double, and Mellencamp scored twice.

The Owls (20-2) will face the host school in the Jeffersonville Sectional at 5:30 p.m. Monday.

“We start with zero wins on Monday, so the goal is to get three in a row,” Burton said. “I would like to get more offense from one-through-nine. Tonight (Harrison) really stopped a lot of our hitters. We’ve got to do better than that. We’ve got to have better at bats.”