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Members of the Seymour High School varsity baseball team with the Tigers' second-place plaque at the Summit Conference tourney include, from left, front row — Payton Bryant, Lawson Wright, Konnor Hintt, Derek Akers, Brayden Baker and Luke Rasmussen; back row — Landon Espinosa, A.J. McDowell, Caleb Schreffler, Cohen Koop, Kason Richards, J.J. Valbuena, Chade Noble, Canaan Park, Trevor Young, Bryson Benson and Dylan Henry.

The Tigers finished the fall campaign with an 8-5 record.

It wasn’t the ending Seymour High School baseball coach Ty Lumley envisioned.

In last Thursday’s championship game of the Summit Conference Fall Baseball Tournament played on his Tigers’ home field, Seymour fell 8-4 to rival Mansfield in a contest that was a one-run affair until the final inning.

“To be honest, I felt like we came in (to this game) too confident,” Lumley said. “Give credit to Mansfield. They got off to a good start, put the ball in play, scored some runs, and their left-handed pitcher threw strikes and kept us off balance the whole way.

“Mansfield earned this win.”

The loss ended the Tigers’ fall campaign as Lumley’s team finished with an 8-5 record.

Before Thursday’s defeat, Seymour’s record had been a perfect 7-0 against Summit Conference opponents.

That stretch included a 7-0 victory over Gainesville, last spring’s Class 2 quarterfinalist, in the league tourney’s semifinals on Tuesday, Oct. 5.

“We played extremely well on Tuesday in the win over Gainesville, and I think many of the boys felt we won the tournament with that win, considering we had beaten Mansfield twice earlier this fall,” Lumley explained. “It’s a good lesson for (the boys) to learn — no game ever is won until you play it.”

Against Mansfield on Thursday, Seymour spotted the visiting Lions an early 5-0 lead through a series of walked batters and fielding miscues.

Mansfield scored once in the first inning, then tacked on four more in the top of the third.

Seymour didn’t score until the bottom of the fifth frame when the Tigers plated three runs. Another run was added in the bottom of the sixth inning, which cut the margin to 5-4 with one inning to play.

“I liked our position entering the seventh (inning),” Lumley said. “We were only down one run, and I felt we had the game’s momentum.”

That changed four batters into the top of the seventh frame when Lions’ pitcher Dylan Robertson caught a hanging curve that sailed over the left-field fence for a three-run home run, extending Mansfield’s lead to 8-4.

“That hurt,” Lumley said. “Give credit to the Robertson kid. Not only did he pitch a good game for them, he also had the game’s biggest hit.”

Of the eight runs Seymour allowed, only four were earned, courtesy of four Tiger fielding errors.

Junior Dylan Henry pitched the first two innings and gave up three runs (two earned) on only one hit. He walked three and struck out two.

Senior Payton Bryant came on in relief and went five full innings on the mound. He allowed five runs (three earned) on six hits. He struck out two and walked three.

For Mansfield, Robertson went the full 105-pitch limit and allowed four runs (only one earned) on three hits.

“(Robertson) just kept us reaching all game long,” Lumley said. “We weren’t patient at the plate. We swung at a lot of balls. He didn’t overpower us. He just outpitched us.”

Offensively, Seymour’s three hits came from Bryant, junior Cohen Koop and sophomore Luke Rasmussen. None were for extra bases.

Koop and Rasmussen each scored and had one run batted in (RBI). Junior Derek Akers scored the Tigers’ third run, while sophomore Brayden Baker had one RBI.

“Despite this loss in the championship, it was a good fall, a very good fall,” Lumley said. “The boys know that if they continue to improve, we can have a very good spring season when it arrives a few months from now.”

Big win over Gainesville

In the tournament’s semifinals two days prior, Seymour jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning and cruised to a 7-0 victory behind the pitching prowess of junior staff ace Chade Noble.

Noble won his fifth game of the fall with his third complete- game shutout, this one a seven-inning, 104-pitch, two-hit effort. He struck out 10 and walked seven.

“The only thing you can criticize about Chade’s pitching in this one is that he did walk seven,” Lumley said. “But he only gave up two hits, struck out 10, and he pitched very well with runners on base and didn’t allow a run to score.”

Seymour’s final two runs came in the sixth inning.

Offensively, a pair of Tigers had two hits — Baker and Henry.

Baker was 2-for-3 with one run scored, while Henry was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and one RBI.

Bryant doubled and scored a run.

Noble had a single, scored once and had two RBIs.

Koop singled and tied for the team lead with two RBIs.

Junior Lawson Wright singled and scored a run, while classmate Kason Richards scored once.

Akers added one RBI.

“Taking that early 5-0 lead in the first inning really put us in the driver’s seat,” Lumley said.

“From that point on, we just needed to play solid defense behind Chade and try to add a few more runs when we had the opportunity to do so.”

Seymour’s eight fall wins are the program’s most since 2018, when the Tigers were 11-2. That spring, Seymour won 21 games and advanced to the Class 2 “Final Four,” where the Tigers finished second in state.

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