Seymour small ball wins out as Cubs struggle for runs
Madison baseball once again struggled for runs and that allowed Seymour to play small ball en route to a 3-0 win on Friday in the seventh place game of the Hoosier Hills Conference tournament at Gary O’Neal Field in Madison. The Cubs managed just three hits against Seymour starter Satoshi Hirose, who struck out six and walked one, and with the Owls playing error-free defense that left few opportunities for Madison to generate any offense. Madison ended up scoring just twice over its three HHC tourney losses including a run in a 4-1 loss at Class 4A No. 3 Bedford North Lawrence on Monday and another in a 9-1 setback to Jennings county on Wednesday. “It wasn’t a bad ball game. Seymour just laid down a couple of really nice bunts that put us in a bad position and their pitcher was just lights out all game,” Madison coach Tim Armstrong said. “But our attitude and effort was there - much better than on Wednesday - and if we can continue to play that way we’ll move forward.” The Owls scored a run each in the third, fourth and fifth innings and bunts and small-ball offense played heavily in all three rallies. Seymour managed 11 hits in the game off Madison senior right-hander Ceaton Bowman but only one went for extra bases when Tyler Bloom doubled for the only big knock of the game for either club. The Owls got what proved to be the game winner in the third inning when they loaded the bases thanks to a bunt single by Luis Munoz. Bowman struck out four, walked one and hit a batter and the Cubs made two errors. Munoz and A.J. Boshears were both 2-for-3 for Seymour and Boshears scored one of the three runs. Bloom was 2-for-4 with an RBI, Horose was 1-for-3 with an RBI and Ty McCory was 1-for-4 with an RBI. Seth Maki was 1-for-4 with a run scored and Matt Fourman was 1-for-3. Jacob Nichols was 2-for-3 for the Cubs and Evan Chism was 1-for-2. “We hit the ball hard. Bowman hit a couple of balls that were just ropes for outs,” Armstrong said. “Some days that’s just the way it goes.” The Cubs (8-12) visits Jeffersonville on Tuesday.
Rebels lose pitchers’ duel 2-0 at South Ripley
Southwestern baseball was out-hit just 4-2 but South Ripley but the Raiders made the most of their opportunities to win a 2-0 pitchers’ duel on Friday in Versailles. Conner Stewart pitched all six innings for the Rebels, giving up two earned runs on four hits and three walks while striking out five in the loss. Avery Halcomb countered on the hill for the Raiders allowing no runs on two hits and one walk while striking out two for the win. The Raiders scored a run each in the third and fifth innings - a leadoff single followed by a stolen base, a sacrifice bunt and a sacrifice fly to center did the damage in the third and a pair of walks and a single scored the run in the fifth. Southwestern’s best threat came in the second inning when Arie Mitchell smacked a one-out double but Halcomb buckled down to strike out the next two Rebels and end the inning. Southwestern other hit was a single by Stewart in the third inning but he was later erased trying to steal second. Southwestern, now 11-8 overall and 5-5 in the Ohio River Valley Conference, visits Salem for a doubleheader today.
Shiners close out Shawe with 10-run sixth inning
Rising Sun defeated Shawe 17-1 in six innings Friday at Shawe/Post 9 Field in Madison. The Shiners, who had 19 hits, used a 10-run sixth inning to invoke the mercy rule and end the game early. Brayden Sedam took the loss for Shawe, pitching 5 1/3 innings giving up 17 runs on 18 hits and walking one. The Hilltoppers managed four hits including a double by Matt Binzer and singles by Chris Grote and Sedam and Chris Powers who singled and picked up the Shawe RBI in the bottom of the sixth The Hilltoppers (0-14, 0-10 ORVC) host Milan today.