Owls remain unbeaten with win over Jeff

Camryn Sterling and Grace Meyer blasted two-run home runs to spark the Seymour softball team to a 9-5 win over Jeffersonville on a wet home diamond Saturday.

The Owls had to rally from behind three times to stay unbeaten.

After the Red Devils took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third, the Owls tied it in the bottom of the inning when Kynadee Warner was safe on an error and scored on a single by Kendrick Sterling.

Jeff again took a one-run lead in the top of the fourth before Seymour scored twice when Stephanni Kleber walked and Camryn Sterling hit her home run.

Sterling said she got the perfect pitch.

“It was belt high, right down the middle and I took advantage of it. That was my first home run in high school,” she said.

Sterling said the home run was a confidence booster.

“I’ve been struggling a lot, and to get that home run was really a breakthrough point for me,” she said. “I think it really boosted my confidence. I think I’ll do well from here on out.”

Sterling credits a team effort for the 5-0 start.

“Our defense is really working. Our pitchers are working for us,” she said. “Honestly, I think our bats need to get going more, but we’re at a good spot in our season, and I think we need to keep going.”

A three-run home run in the top of the fifth put the visitors on top 5-3, but that seemed to wake up the Owls again as they batted around in the bottom of the inning.

Alyssa Perry and Meyer opened the fifth with singles. Kendrick Sterling laid down a sacrifice bunt, but the pitcher threw the ball over the first baseman’s head, and both runners scored.

Kleber walked, Sydney Stewart singled and drove in a run and Matte Nicholson hit a sacrifice fly for the fourth run in the inning.

Perry led off the sixth with a double and scored on Meyer’s home run to complete the scoring.

“The girls did a good job putting runs on the board,” Owls coach Jerry Burton said. “We got behind in the fifth inning and did a great job coming back and actually going ahead in that inning.”

Burton said he has been waiting for the home runs to come.

“We’re capable of hitting home runs,” he said. “They’re been a little slow coming, which as long as we get on base that’s fine. As long as we’re having good at-bats, the home run will come.”

The Owls pounded out 10 hits with Perry collecting two singles and two doubles and she scored twice. Meyer had two hits, two runs and two RBI, Kleber scored twice and Camryn Sterling also had two RBI.

Kleber started on the mound for the Owls and walked three in 4.2 innings.

“In the rain, sometimes you’ve got to make adjustments,” Burton said. “It’s not easy, but they’ve done this a lot of times before, so you need to make the adjustment.”

The Owls (5-0) were scheduled to play at Mitchell today, but that game has been postponed because of COVID-19. Seymour will travel to Columbus North on Tuesday.