Lady Braves rally to edge Owls 9-8 in softball Monday


BROWNSTOWN — Brownstown Central and Seymour sports fans have come to expect the unexpected when their teams dial it up for an old fashioned rivalry game.

The Lady Owls softball team visited the Braves on Monday and the game was 3-3 after four innings of play.

Seymour scored five times in the top of the fifth for an 8-3 lead, but they found out that was not enough runs to secure a win as the Braves exploded for six runs in the bottom of the fifth and held on for a 9-8 win.

Taylor Stuckwisch led off the top of the first with a single and Phoebe Underwood followed with a home run over the fence in centerfield for a 2-0 score.

Kelsey Schneider led off the bottom of the first with a walk and scored on Rylee May’s single. Schneider was hit by a pitch and scored on Kyndle Huddleston’s single in the third.

Abby Followell led off the fourth with a home run, and Brooke Meahl singled in the bottom of the fourth and scored on a hit by Lyle Hoffman to tie the game once again.

The Owls had four hits in the fifth with the big blow being a 3-run home run by Mackenzie Bryston. Underwood also had an RBI single in the inning.

The Braves batted around in their half of the fifth with Emily Dillman starting the rally with a single and May followed with her second home run of the season.

Kinzee Dean, Meahl, Adelyn Anderson, and Olivia Justice had hits and scored runs during the rally.

This is the first time the Owls hit three home runs in a game since Grace Meyer hit three on senior night in 2022.

Schneider said this is the second time this season she has allowed three home runs in a game as Bedford North Lawrence also hit three long balls against her.

Braves coach Darren Bryant said this game reminded him a lot of the BNL game when the Stars took an early lead and Brownstown rallied to win.

He spoke on the rally.

“It was good to see. We did the same thing against Bedford,” Bryant said. “We got down against Bedford and came back in similar fashion.

“I thought Kelsey pitched really well, but Seymour has some good hitters. We knew they did. Our defense has been pretty good. We had been making zero or one error about every game. We made that one (Monday) and it ended up hurting us some but I think it was the only error we made the whole game.

“I was happy nobody dropped their heads. We hit the ball up and down the line up, and got right back in the game and answered their big inning with a big inning.”

May topped the Braves offense with three hits and three RBIs, and Dillman had two hits, and Meahl scored two runs. Eight Braves combined for the 11 hits.

Followell and Underwood both had three hits for the Owls, and Stuckwisch had two hits. Underwood and Bryson both had three RBIs and Followell and Underwood both scored two runs.

Owls coach Emily Bobb said, “We just came up a little short on the offensive end. We made some mistakes defensively that they took advantage of. Some base running errors hurt us.

“Maybe we got a little too comfortable and didn’t take advantage like we should have.”

The Braves (3-2) will finish a Mid-Southern Conference game today against Eastern. Seymour (3-4) will host New Albany today.

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