Behind the 15 combined strikeouts of senior hurlers Nathaniel Hosiner and Brock Pearce, the Seymour varsity baseball team secured a 3-1 road victory last Monday, Aug. 31, at Spokane in both teams’ season opener in Christian County.
The duo combined for a no-hitter in the seven-inning road contest.
Hosiner recorded the victory after going five full innings, allowing a single run while not giving up a hit.
He walked three and struck out 11.
Pearce went the final two innings, giving up no hits and no runs with four strikeouts.
He was awarded the save after recording the game’s final six outs.
“Our pitching was excellent,” Tiger head coach Jason Duey said. “We needed to get off to a good start for the fall season, and we knew that we needed excellent pitching to get this win.”
Spokane took the game’s first lead, plating a single run in the bottom of the opening frame to lead 1-0.
From that point, the host Owls would only have two baserunners, both reaching on walks, while Seymour battled back by manufacturing runs.
In the top of the third, Seymour scored twice when sophomore Derek Akers and freshman Luke Rasmussen scored on a two-run, two-out single by Hosiner.
Seymour scored again in the fifth inning when a Pearce scored Rasmussen, who had reached base on a single.
Offensively, the visiting Tigers outhit Spokane 5-0. Seymour batters also drew seven walks.
Junior Payton Bryant paced the Tiger offense with two hits, both singles, and also drew a walk, reaching base in three of his four plate appearances.
Hosiner was 1-for-2 with two runs batted in (RBIs). He also walked twice.
Pearce single and had one RBI.
Rasmussen singled and scored twice, while Akers scored the Tigers’ other run.
Tiger fielders committed only one error.
“From the top to the bottom of the lineup, we had a lot of quality plate appearances, which allowed us to scratch out three runs, and that was good enough to win,” Duey said.
“We had several opportunities to score some additional runs, but we couldn’t get that key hit that could have put us up by four or five runs. All in all, I’m very pleased with this win. We didn’t play very well at the jamboree before our opener, so this was good for our young team to open the fall season with a big win.”
Next action for the Tigers arrives at 4:30 p.m. Thursday when Summit Conference opponent Conway visits.
Next Tuesday, Seymour travels to Gainesville, with the first pitch also set for 4:30 p.m.