Glenn Dawson’s first season as the head softball coach at Seymour High School is record-setting one.
With a 16-1 victory over Springfield Parkview in home action last Thursday, his varsity Tigers won their 10th game this fall, which set a school record for victories in a fall campaign.
The previous mark was nine, first reached in 2005, then again last fall.
Since the inception of fall softball at Seymour 20 years ago, this is the first time a Tiger team has reached double figures in wins.
“Our last four wins have been by run rule, so I like how we are playing as the (Class 2) district playoffs are here,” Dawson said after Thursday’s win.
“Offensively, we’re playing really good. And we’ve now got our two pitchers back. I feel like if we’re going to make a district run, we’re set up to do it.”
Last week, Dawson’s Tigers won two games and lost one to a state-ranked squad from Walnut Grove.
On Tuesday, Oct. 6, Seymour defeated Class 4 opponent Springfield Central 13-3 in home action, then followed the 10-run win with the aforementioned 16-1 victory Thursday over Parkview, another Class 4 school.
Last Friday, the Tigers fell 10-0 at home to Walnut Grove.
Seymour concluded its 2020 regular-season campaign with a 10-12 record.
This week, the Tigers are in district action at Hartville, where Seymour is the No. 6 seed.
Last week got off to a stellar start when Central’s Bulldogs visited as the Tigers led 2-0 after one inning, 6-2 after two and 7-3 after three frames.
Seymour added five runs in the fourth inning and one more in the fifth before the game was stopped due to the 10-run rule.
Freshman Hannah Clark was the winning pitcher.
She went the entire five innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits. She struck out a season-high eight and walked three.
“Hannah threw strikes and got outs,” Dawson said.
Offensively, the Tigers collected 13 hits.
A trio of Tigers had three hits each.
Senior Macey Hubbard was 3-for-4 with a double, one run scored and two runs batted in (RBIs).
Sophomore Lillie Rasmussen was 3-for-4 with double, three runs and one RBI.
Freshman Alleigh Warren was 3-for-3 with a triple, two runs and two RBIs.
Senior Crystal Misemer and freshman Allie Alexander each had a double. Alexander scored a run and had two RBIs, while Misemer crossed the plate three times.
Senior Karli Henry singled and had one RBI.
Freshman Destinee Rivera singled, scored once and led the Tigers with three RBIs.
Clark helped her cause by drawing three walks and scoring twice. She also led the team with three stolen bases.
In Thursday’s action against Parkview, Clark again was on the mound and recorded the pitching victory.
Seymour won the four-inning contest due to the 15-run rule.
In four innings, Clark allowed one run on two hits and struck out four.
Offensively, Misemer was the top Tiger.
The senior catcher was a perfect 3-for-3 with a triple, two runs scored and four RBIs.
Rasmussen added a double, triple, scored twice and had two RBIs.
Clark went 2-for-3 with two runs and one RBI.
Junior Shay Moore doubled, scored a run and had one RBI.
Hubbard had a singled and scored twice.
Henry singled, scored a run and added one RBI.
Alexander singled, scored twice and had one RBI.
Warren scored two runs.
Rivera rounded out the Tigers’ offensive attack with two runs scored and one RBI.
Seymour led 1-0 after one inning and 2-0 after two.
Then Tiger bats exploded to score 10 runs in the third frame as Seymour took a commanding 12-0 advantage.
Four more runs came in the bottom of the fourth inning before the game was stopped.
On Friday, Walnut Grove, propelled by a powerful starting pitcher, held the Tigers to three hits in a 10-0 win.
Rasmussen doubled, while Misemer and Warren collected singles for Seymour’s only hits.
Clark was the starting pitcher and went two innings.
She allowed three runs on two hits.
Warren pitched the final four frames and gave up seven runs (five earned) on eight hits. She struck out four.
Walnut Grove led 3-0 after one inning and 7-0 after three frames.
The rival Tigers added a pair of runs in the fourth and one more in the sixth inning.
Seymour entered district play with a 10-12 record.
More on the Tigers’ results in the district tourney will appear in next week’s newspaper.