Marion C. Early of Morrisville, the Seymour varsity baseball team struggled offensively.
The Tigers were down 2-0.
But Seymour’s bats exploded in the fifth frame, producing four runs to take a 4-2 lead, which held up in the Tigers’ 5-3 victory, which was the squad’s second of the fall season.
“Our hits were timely, and (senior) Brock Pearce really did a good job for us on the pitching mound,” Seymour head coach Jason Duey said.
“Morrisville outhit us 11 to four. But my kids only struck out four times total, and putting the ball in play paid off for us in the end, especially in the fifth inning when we rallied for four runs, which was the deciding factor.”
The fifth-inning rally began with a walk by junior Caleb Cook. After a fly out, junior Canaan Park was hit by a pitch, then freshman Luke Rasmussen singled to load the bases.
Next, sophomore Caden Koop drew a walk, scoring Cook, which was followed by a ground out by junior Payton Bryant
that scored Park and tied the contest at 2-2.
Senior Nathaniel Hosiner broke the tie.
His two-out double scored Rasmussen and Koop, giving the Tigers a 4-2 lead that held until the final out.
Each team scored a run in the seventh inning for the final margin.
Seymour’s record improved to 2-2 with the win.
It marked the first loss this fall for Morrisville’s Marion C. Early. The rival Panthers’ record stood at 6-1 entering this week.
Pearce was the winning pitcher.
He went six full innings, allowing two runs on nine hits.
Pearce struck out seven and walked two.
Hosiner earned the save by pitching the final frame, where he allowed one run on two hits. He recorded one strikeout and walked one.
Offensively, Hosiner kept his batting average above the .500 mark this fall by going 2-for-3 with a double and team-best three runs batted in (RBIs).
Bryant and Rasmussen had Seymour’s only other hits, both singles.
Scoring runs were Cook, Koop, Park, Rasmussen and junior Bryson Benson.
Bryant and Koop each had one RBI.
Next action for the Tigers arrives at 5 p.m. this Thursday when Weaubleau visits.
On Monday, Fordland comes to Seymour for a 4:30 p.m. matchup.