Seymour used the long ball power of Skyler Cockerham and Treyton McCormick to roll to a 9-2 win over Brownstown Central at American Legion field Tuesday afternoon.
After Charlie Longmeier walked in the bottom of the first, Cockerham hit a two-run homer into the pine trees down the left field line.
Cockerham added another two-run shot in the fourth inning, while McCormick hit his two-run blast off a light pole in left-center in the third.
Owls coach Jeremy Richey said he liked that his team found a different way to win.
“We had a little bit different look today,” Richey said. “We’ve got a bunch of fast guys that create some problems on the bases. Today it opened up a little bit and Skyler got into a couple and Treyton’s was a shot, too.
“It was a good night early, especially to get that home run in the first inning to kind of get us started. It was good that we scored in each of the first five innings. That’s what we’ve got to do.
“We talk all the time with this group that when we get ahead we’ve got to finish, and the finish wasn’t pretty today. We gave up a run in the sixth and a run in the seventh. We made some mistakes there late, but I think the first five innings we were pretty good.”
Cockerham said this is the second time he hit two home runs in a game with the other time coming in travel ball two years ago.
“The first one was a curveball that hung and I just got on it, and the second one was a high fastball,” he said. “Both of them just hung up in the top of the zone. It was a big situation. That was a big momentum boost for us with Jeffersonville Thursday. That’s going to be a big test for us.”
McCormick led off the second inning with a double and scored on a single by Vince Wilson. Aiden Darlage walked in front of McCormick’s homer in the third to make it 5-0.
Bret Perry singled and scored on Cockerham’s home run in the fourth, and Will Gray and Wilson drove in runs with hits in the fifth.
Dalton Reedy homered to left center in the sixth to put the Braves on the scoreboard, while Ethan Garland was safe on an error in the seventh and scored on an infield out by Jake Pauley for the final run.
Braves coach Duane Higgs said, “Overall I thought Trent (Lowery) pitched pretty well. Unfortunately he got behind in the count and walked a couple guys and made a mistake. We had a communication error there between him and our catcher. Unfortunately he left a pitch up in the zone and (Cockerham) is hitting the ball well right now.
“There was a strong wind out here and he had a couple balls that got up in the air. Wind took care of them from there, but overall Trent competed. We played hard and I saw a lot of good things.
“We still made a couple mistakes but our at bats were a lot better. We’ve really been focusing on our approach at the plate. We had a couple hitters who struggled with their approach and it was evident that the guys who were willing to be coached, and applied what we’ve been coaching.”
Reedy had two hits, while Garland was on base twice with a hit and he reached safely on an error.
Bret Perry pitched the first six innings to get the win. He allowed five hits, one run and had seven strikeouts and walked one.
Richey said, “He was very good. He’s coming off of a tough weather outing (at Columbus East) last Thursday. I thought he threw the ball really well and had some confidence. He looked like the Bret of last year on the mound. He mixed it up really well.”
Lowery and Cristos McCormick combined to allow nine hits, while striking out five and walking five.
Wilson, Cockerham, Treyton McCormick and Will Gray had two hits each for the Owls.
Seymour (5-2) will host Jeffersonville Thursday and Brownstown (3-4) will host Eastern for a Mid-Southern Conference game Thursday.