Paced by the strong hitting and pitching of seniors Nathaniel Hosiner and Brock Pearce, the Seymour High School varsity baseball team rebounded from a 3-9 fall campaign of a season ago and finished this fall with a solid 7-7 mark.
Hosiner, a pitcher and catcher, and Pearce, who pitches and plays third base, were the Tigers’ leaders in both hitting and pitching this fall, according to statistics released Monday by Tiger head coach Jason Duey.
“Those two are among the best players in the Summit Conference,” Duey said.
“Offensively, defensively and on the pitcher’s mound, both Brock and Nathaniel are competitors and really gave us great efforts this fall. The final statistics show they each had excellent fall seasons.”
Hosiner was Seymour’s top hitter.
He posted a .368 batting average, collecting 14 hits in 38 plate appearances. He led the Tigers with three doubles and three triples, leading the team with a .605 slugging percentage.
He also paced Seymour in on-base percentage at .547, drawing 10 walks.
He added 10 runs batted in (RBIs) and scored a team-high 13 runs. Hosiner was second on the team with seven stolen bases and wasn’t caught stealing.
On the mound, Hosiner posted a 3-2 fall record with a solid 2.88 earned-run average (ERA).
In 28 innings, he struck out 45.
Pearce wasn’t far behind in classmate at the plate.
Recovered from a shoulder injury of a year ago, Pearce’s batting average was .350 (14-for-40). He had two doubles, one triple, one home run and a team-best 13 RBIs.
He was second on the team with a .525 slugging percentage and had an on-base percentage of .426.
Pearce also scored nine runs.
As a Tiger hurler, Pearce led the Tigers with a 3-1 record in a team-high 36-1/3 innings pitched.
His stellar 2.33 ERA led the squad.
He had a team-best 52 strikeouts.
“Brock and Nathaniel, when they’re on the mound, give us a chance to compete in every game on our schedule,” Duey said. “I’ve got two seniors, both four-year varsity players, who have strong arms.”
Seymour’s only other regular player with a batting average above .300 was a freshman.
That freshman is second baseman Luke Rasmussen, who made a strong high-school debut by hitting at a .313 clip with 10 hits in 32 plate appearances.
Above that, Rasmussen was second to Hosiner in on-base percentage at .476.
He led the team with nine stolen bases.
“Luke stepped right into a varsity role for us from the start,” Duey said. “Not only was he good at the plate, he also was excellent in the field, making very few mistakes.”
Senior Scott Helms was next with a .273 batting average (9-for-33) with a pair of doubles and 10 RBIs.
Junior Payton Bryant hit at a .250 clip (10-for-40), scored 12 runs and had eight stolen bases.
Other Tiger fall batting marks included junior Brycen Owens (.250, 6-for-24, one double), sophomore Cohen Koop (.182, 2-for-11), freshman Brayden Baker (.167, 5-for-30, on-base percentage of .444 with a team-high 13 walks, six stolen bases and six runs), sophomore Derek Akers (.158, 3-for-19), junior Canaan Park (.130, 3-for-23, five runs), junior Caleb Cook (.100, 2-for-20) and junior Bryson Benson (.056, 1-for-19).
In limited varsity duty, sophomores J.J. Valbuena and Lawson Wright each recorded a single base hit.
As a team, Seymour’s batting average was .238 as the Tigers had 81 hits in 340 trips to the plate.
The Tigers scored 68 runs this fall; they allowed 89.
In the pitching department, Hosiner and Pearce recorded six of the team’s seven fall wins.
The other hurler with a pitching victory was Benson, who had a fall mark of 1-2.
Seymour’s top reliever was Bryant, who recorded two saves.
Bryant was third on the team with 9-2/3 innings of work, recording 11 strikeouts.
His record was 0-2 with a 4.35 ERA.
Duey said the fall season was a success.
“Initially, we weren’t sure we’d get to play a fall season, and playing 14 games this fall was very beneficial to a group of kids who had very little varsity experience,” he said.
“A ton of kids got a lot of varsity playing time, which will be good for us come next spring. Most importantly, they showed themselves they can compete with most teams on our schedule.”
He said the team’s 6-2 start to the fall campaign showed the Tigers’ capabilities.
“I almost feel greedy,” Duey explained. “We started 6-2, then finished 7-7, but if you had told before the fall season that we’d finish 7-7 with such a young team void of varsity experience, I’d have taken it.
“Going into next spring, we’re healthy and much more experienced. And I’m optimistic going into next spring. All of these kids have 14 varsity games under their belts that they didn’t have a couple of months ago.”