SEYMOUR – Seymour clinched a share of its first Hoosier Hills Conference championship, ending Bedford North Lawrence’s bid for the league title with a 5-2 victory on Tuesday afternoon.
Grace Meyer’s lead-off home run set the tone as the Owls improved to 6-0 in the league. Seymour can clinch the outright title with a victory over Columbus East.
BNL (17-5) finished 5-2 in the league while falling short in its quest to win its first HHC crown since 1998.
Meyer’s first-inning blast was the first blow in Seymour’s two-run opening frame. The Owls took a 5-0 lead in the second, and BNL couldn’t come back from that deficit.
“We didn’t play very well early, dug ourselves in a hole,” BNL coach Brad Gilbert said. “When you don’t make routine plays (BNL had 3 errors) against a good team like Seymour, it’s hard to come back.”
After Meyer launched the Owls in front, Seymour added an unearned run via an error, a sacrifice bunt and Carlee Robinson’s sacrifice fly. In the Seymour second, a two-out error opened the door as Meyer cracked a two-run triple and Rachel Kaufman added a RBI single.
The Stars, who didn’t collect a hit until Zoe Adams led off the fourth with a double, broke through in the sixth. Carlee Kern reached on an error, went to second on a ground out and scored on Sarah Stone’s RBI single. Leona Morron singled in the second run.
“The first time through the order, we didn’t have very many good at-bats, we swung at too many outside pitches and tried to pull, too many rise balls,” Gilbert said. “I was proud of the team when we started battling. We had some better at-bats, scored a couple of runs. We were right back in it.”
Kaufman earned the win in the circle, scattering 6 hits and striking out 9.
Meyer (3 RBIs) and Paige Kleber had 2 hits each for the Owls.
“The good news is we’re 17-5, we have six games left, so we have to get ready,” Gilbert said. “That’s six opportunities to battle and get better, get ready for the long run in the tournament.”
BNL will face Edgewood (10 a.m.) and Roncalli (2 p.m.) in the Edgewood Invitational on Saturday.