Mansfield pitcher Hesston Gray faced 25 Tiger batters in varsity baseball action last Monday, Sept. 30, between the host Lions and visiting Seymour.
He struck out 15 of them.
In the end, Mansfield defeated the Tigers 4-1 as Gray held Seymour to three hits and a single fourth-inning run.
During one span between the first and third innings, Gray recorded seven consecutive strikeouts.
Seymour’s lone run came when junior Nathaniel Hosiner singled, stole second base, advanced to third on a ground out, then scored on a sacrifice fly by senior Brandon Young.
“(Gray) kept us handcuffed most of the game,” Tiger head coach Jason Duey said. “He threw a lot of strikes and for the most part challenged us to hit the ball.”
Besides Hosiner’s single, the only other Tiger hits were singles by senior Carson Sturdefant and junior Brock Pearce.
Other than Hosiner’s run, Seymour didn’t advance a runner past second base as Gray issued no walks.
Mansfield scored one run in the first inning, one in the third and two in the fifth.
Senior Nathan Baker was Seymour’s starting pitcher. He went 4-1/3 innings and allowed four runs on six hits. Baker struck out three and walked two.
Hosiner went the final 1-2/3 innings and didn’t allow a hit while striking out five.
The loss dropped the Tigers’ record to 3-4 this fall.
Seymour wraps up its fall season this Thursday when Spokane visits.
Game time is 4:30 p.m.