By: Lee Ramsey
In life things don’t always end the way they are suppose to. That was the case for the Seymour Eagles baseball team as they closed out their season by losing to Morristown West by a score of 6-5 last week.
Seymour was one out away from winning in the last inning when a hard ground ball got out of the infield scoring two runs for Morristown West.
The score went from a 5-4 Seymour lead to a 6-5 deficit. The Eagles couldn’t score their last try at bat and the season ended for a team quite capable of winning the district against the toughest competition in school history.
At the end of 4, the Eagles trailed 3-0. Then in the 5th, Keegan Newport slammed a 2 run homer. Then Oakley Fox followed with another 2 run homer to make it 4-4 at the end of 5.
Cody Fox connected in the 6th to make it 5-4 Seymour going into the 7th. The rest was history.
Earlier in the District 2-AAA opener at Seymour, the Eagles exploded out of the gate with an 8-1 win over visiting Cherokee.
Senior Brandon Timmerman went the distance allowing only one hit the entire game.
Timmerman who signed with Carson-Newman struck out six while walking none.
The next game was a different story entirely. Seymour ran into a baseball machine in Jefferson County who had just demolished Morristown 14-4.
The domination continued as they destroyed the Eagles 14-2 in a mercy shortened game.
All in all, Seymour had a very successful year especially considering it was their first year in the IMAC Conference at the AAA level moving up from AA.
Seymour Coach Scott Norman said, “We didn’t know what we were getting into. We had played AAA games in the past and did fairly well, but not on a regular basis. We were competitive. Being a two seed and hosting the District was a big accomplishment.
“It all comes down to who gets the breaks when the teams are fairly evenly matched. If you want to win consistently you have to be better than the teams you are competing against.”
He went on to explain how that can happen, “I learned more this year about baseball than all my other years of coaching combined.
“The difference in the IMAC AAA and AA is pitching. In AAA pitchers will find a hitter’s flaws. In AA hitters can put good numbers because the pitching is not quite on the same level as AAA.
“We played really good defense this year; our hitting was good but it needs to get better.
“We will work hard in the off season to improve by watching film and working in the weight room. Baseball is a year round sport now if you want to compete at a high level. There are really good coaches in this league and they are all doing the things to get better.”
Congratulations to Coach Norman and the Seymour Eagles for a job well done this season.
Also congratulations to the following players :
Seven Seymour Eagles received post season 2-AAA IMAC All-District honors.
First team All-District was Cody Fox(jr), Logan Jenkins(so), Brandon Timmerman(sr), and Keegan Newport(sr).
Logan Sawyer was awarded the IMAC Pitcher of the Year Award followed by IMAC Honorable Mention Corey Clark(jr) and Corbin Weaver(sr).
Seymour Baseball ends Successful Season
By: Lee Ramsey