Seymour’s baseball team has faced several outstanding pitchers this spring, including New Albany senior right-hander Tucker Biven, who held the Owls to one hit Wednesday.
The Bulldogs pounded out 13 hits and defeated Seymour 13-0 in five innings in the semi-finals of the Hoosier Hills Conference Tournament.
The Owls (12-8) will play at Columbus East Friday in a battle for third place in the HHC tourney.
Biven, who has signed to play baseball at the University of Louisville, topped out at 94 on a radar gun. He had nine strikeouts and four walks. The only hit he gave up was a single to Bret Perry in the third inning.
That single came between walks to Vince Wilson and Charlie Longmeier, with two out. The next batter flew out to shortstop to end the threat.
In the first, Perry walked and Longmeier sent a fly ball to center field that hit off the fielder’s glove. Perry tried to score on the play but he was called out at the plate.
Owls coach Jeremy Richey said, “We saw (Biven) for the second time and he was much better tonight. He’s a kid that is probably going to be drafted (four scouts were in attendance Wednesday).
“I’m not disappointed with us offensively,” Richey continued. “I think we went up there aggressively. We knew we didn’t want to get deep in counts. We got walked (four times) with some 3-2 pitches, and I think that’s a really good at bat against a kid like this.
“We put a few things together. We had the bases loaded there (in the third) and I wish we could have put something together, and that may have changed it a little bit.”
Perry started on the mound with sophomore Gavin Leavy and freshman Mikey Wright following and they combined to give up 13 hits, walk one, strike out two and hit three batters. Chase Loesch hit a two-run homer in the second to make it 2-0 and Landon Tiesing hit a grand slam in the fifth.
Richey said, “Offensively they were really good. Our young arms, two sophomores and a freshman, kind of showed it a little bit. That’s part of this process. Last week (New Albany) went to Bedford and got beat. Today they were really good and we weren’t very good, and that’s the game of baseball and we’ve just got to find a way to be better on Friday.”