Seymour tops Jeff, advances in sectionals

Seymour’s first round sectional matchup against Jeffersonville on Monday at Jennings County was moving along quick with not much action.

Both pitchers were in control through three innings, and then Grace Meyer led off the top of the fourth with a single, her second one up to that point.

After Stephanni Kleber grounded out and moved Meyer to second, Camryn Reichenbacker hit a double to rightcenter field to bring in Meyer for the first run of the game. Sydney Stewart followed suit, this time doubling to leftcenter field to bring in Reichenbacker and the Owls led 2-0 just like that.

After the Owls got a pair of runs on the board, Kleber continued to deal in the circle. Through four innings, Kleber faced 12 batters and retired all of them. One out came in the second inning, where Warner made an athletic diving catch on the warning track in leftcenter field.

“It’s amazing the balls they (Warner and Alyssa Perry) can get to,” head coach Jerry Burton said. “That was a big play. Not many centerfielders would’ve made that play. Big play.”

Then Seymour really got things going in the top of the fifth inning. The speed of Warner and Perry at the top of the lineup paid off for Seymour. Both beat out throws to first base to get runners on the corners with just one out.

Meyer hit a shot to left field to bring in Warner with a sacrifice fly, but it was catchers interference on Meyer’s swing, so Meyer took first base and Warner was brought back to third to give Seymour the bases loaded with one out.

That’s when the onslaught of runs began for the Owls. Kendrick Sterling blooped a single into right field to bring in Warner. Reichenbacker got two more RBI, Stewart had an RBI single and Kendall Allman hit a two-run single to complete the six-run inning for Seymour.

“We got it going,” Burton said after the game. “We needed that inning. Jeffersonville usually comes back and hits the ball. I told them great job.”

The Owls took a comfortable 8-0 lead into the bottom of the fifth, but then things got a little dicey. The first batter Kleber faced in the bottom of the fifth homered over the right field wall.

That opened the floodgates a bit as Seymour started to make some defensive errors throughout the inning, allowing Jeff to score three runs. With two outs and the bases loaded, Kleber came up with a huge strikeout to keep the damage at three runs.

“Thank goodness we had the offense tonight,” Burton said. “We got to clean things up defensively tomorrow night.”

Seymour got one run back in the top of the sixth as well. K. Sterling hit a sacrifice fly to right field to bring in Warner.

The Red Devils tacked on one more run with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, but Kleber struck out Elliot Mays to end the game, giving Seymour a 9-4 victory.

With the win, Seymour moves on to the second round of sectionals and will play Floyd Central today at 5:30 p.m. at Jennings County. Floyd Central defeated Jennings County 5-4 in the first game yesterday before the Owls defeated Jeffersonville.

“We got to play good defense, runs will be scarce,” Burton said. “We were fortunate to win (against Floyd) during the season, but this is a whole new ball game. We better be ready to play tomorrow night.”

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