Seymour High School’s varsity baseball team remained at the .500 mark last week after a home loss to Marion C. Early of Morrisville, followed by a road victory at Conway.
The Tigers of head coach Ty Lumley fell 14-9 to the Panthers of Morrisville last Tuesday, Sept. 7, then traveled to Conway last Thursday and defeated the rival Bears 11-3.
Seymour’s fall record stands at 2-2 entering this week.
“I was pleased with how our week ended at Conway,” Lumley said. “Offensively, we were good in both games. But defensively, we weren’t very good at all against Morrisville. Four errors really hurt us.”
Thursday’s victory at Conway came on the heels of a solid pitching performance from senior Payton Bryant, who went six full innings, allowing three runs (none earned) on five hits. Bryant struck out eight and walked two.
“Although we had three errors that led to three unearned runs, Conway had eight errors,” Lumley said.
“But our pitching effort was outstanding, and we also hit the ball really well. Payton Bryant gave us a great start and went six innings, then Caleb Schreffler, a freshman, came in
and was lights out.”
In his first inning of varsity action, Schreffler recorded all three outs via a strikeout.
“It was a good debut,” Lumley said with a smile.
“Looking forward, I feel there’s a role for Caleb on our pitching staff as long as he comes in and throws strikes like he did at Conway.”
The Tigers trailed 2-1 after the first inning, then took the lead for good in the second frame at 4-2.
Seymour’s lead was 6-3 after three, 10-3 after four, and a final tally was added in the sixth inning.
Bryant led the Tiger offensive charge by going 3-for-4 at the plate, connecting for a double and two singles while also leading the team in runs batted in (RBIs) with four.
A trio of Tigers added two hits each.
Junior Cohen Koop had a double, single, scored twice and had one RBI.
Classmate Dylan Henry singled twice and scored once.
Sophomore Brayden Baker had a pair of singles and led the team by scoring three runs.
Sophomore Luke Rasmussen also scored a trio of runs and had a single, while senior Canaan Park single, scored a run and had one RBI.
Schreffler rounded out the team’s offensive charge with a single.
Two nights prior against Morrisville, the Tigers fell 14-9 in a game Seymour led 4-3 after four innings.
However, the visiting Panthers’ offense exploded in the final three frames. Morrisville led 8-5 after five innings and 11-5 after six. After Morrisville scored three runs to open the seventh inning, the Tigers plated four before making the game’s final out.
“I was proud of my boys’ resiliency,” Lumley said. “We were down 14-5 entering the final inning, but we battled and made (Morrisville) earn it. Before they got the third out, we scored four runs.”
Seymour outhit the Panthers 13 to 12.
“We just made four crucial errors that were the difference in the game,” Lumley noted.
On a positive note, he said a pair of juniors paced Seymour’s offense.
Kason Richards was 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles, three runs scored and two RBIs.
“Kason had a great game ... he was on base all five times he was at the plate,” Lumley said. “Above that, his hits were very clutch.”
Lawson Wright was 3-for-4 with one run scored and three RBIs.
“This was Lawson’s first game back, and he had three hits as our designated hitter,” Lumley added.
Junior Chade Noble had a pair of singles and scored twice, while Baker was 2-for-2 with a double, two RBIs and a pair of walks.
Bryant doubled and scored a run, while Rasmussen had a single and scored once. Henry also singled and scored.
Noble was the starting pitcher.
He went four innings and allowed three runs (only one earned) on four hits. He struck out nine and walked four.
“When Chade left the game, we were up 4-3,” Lumley explained. “But he was at 90 pitches after four innings.
“We’ve got to get more than four innings out of our top starter, and Chade knows that. He just got off to a slow start that pushed up his pitch count.”
Henry pitched the fifth inning, while Koop was on the mound for the sixth and seventh frames.
“Our pitching will improve as the fall moves forward,” Lumley concluded. “It’s just a matter of working out a few little things with mechanics, making it a priority to throw strikes.”
Next action for the Tigers arrives this Thursday when the team travels to Weaubleau.
Game time is 5 p.m.
Next Monday, Seymour travels to Fordland to face the Summit Conference rival Eagles in 4:30 p.m. action.