Although his ballclub got off to a great start at Willow Springs in road action last Monday, April 29, Seymour High School baseball coach Jason Duey wasn’t satisfied with a 2-0 lead.
“It should have been more like 4-0 or 5-0,” the third-year Tiger skipper said. “We were ahead 2-0 with the bases loaded and no one out. Then we stalled offensively. Those were the only runs of the inning.”
Fortunately, the Tigers would only need half of that total to win against the rival Bears, as two Seymour pitchers combined for a three-hit shutout in a 7-0 victory, which improved the team’s spring record to 13-7.
Leading the way was sophomore pitcher Nathaniel Hosiner, who pitched 5-1/3 innings, allowing no runs on just a trio of hits. He struck out six and walked three.
Senior Eric Helms recorded the game’s fi nal five outs after Hosiner reached his pitch limit. In 1-2/3 innings, Helms faced six batters. He walked one and struck out the other five.
“This was a fun game and a nice road win,” Duey noted.
“Willow Springs has some talent. They are young, but we really limited them offensively.”
Seymour’s offense was solid, not spectacular.
The Tigers took an early 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the top of the opening frame, then added four more runs in the third inning to lead 6-0.
A final run came in the sixth inning.
Leading the Tiger offense were Hosiner and junior Carson Sturdefant, each with two hits.
Hosiner was 2-for-3 with one run scored and two runs batted in (RBIs).
Sturdefant had a pair of doubles and scored twice.
With a single and two RBIs was senior Eric Helms, while classmate Brady Brooke singled and scored a run.
Junior Nathan Baker and sophomore Brock Pearce had the team’s other two hits. Baker and Pearce each scored a run and had one RBI.
Both teams left 10 runners on base.
“We worked out of a few jams when they were at bat, and we also got a few big hits,” Duey said.
Behind the plate, Helms threw out an opposing baserunner for the fifth consecutive game. This spring, he’s thrown out nearly 60 percent of all runners who have tried to steal a base against the Tigers.
On Monday, the Tigers took on Sparta, followed by a home contest Tuesday against Norwood. The game against Norwood was the team’s regular-season and Summit Conference finale.
Next Monday, Seymour begins Class 2 District 5 Tournament action as the No. 2 seed in the seven-school fi eld. All games will be played at Seymour.
The Tigers’ district opener is set for 1 p.m. next Monday against No. 7 Sparta in first-round action.
More on the tourney can be found in a separate story.