By: Lee Ramsey
It was suppose to be the battle of the IMAC. The winner would take first place in the regular season standings.
Well it wasn’t even close as the Eagles thumped the Patriots at Don Doyle Field 14-2 in the mercy shortened game.
It was suppose to be a slug fest. The only problem is the Eagles brought their bats and the Patriots left theirs at home.
Seymour liked the feel of being on top of the IMAC and they weren’t about to give it up.
Seymour pitcher Chris McCarter did an outstanding job of cooling the Patriots bats as he went the distance.
With several college scouts in the crowd, McCarter picked a good night to shine.
For two and a half innings all bats were silent and the expected shootout looked like it wasn’t going to happen. Then Cody Fox broke the ice with a solo homer.
The score remained the same until the fifth when the Patriots tied the game 1-1.
In the bottom of the fifth all heck broke loose. Ben Whisler drove in two with a double and Logan Sawyer had a one run double.
In the sixth, leading 6-2, Seymour had runners Cade Snapp and speedster Logan Jenkins in scoring position on 2nd and 3rd with no outs.
Tyler Crawford bunted and the bases were loaded. The brilliant coaching move loaded the bases.
Whisler walked scoring a run. Sawyer drilled a 2 run single setting the stage for and McCarter stepped to the plate with a chance to win his own game. He did it in star like fashion sending a huge blast over the wall to end the game.
“That’s baseball. That’s the way it was here in the district tournament (last year),” said Head Seymour Baseball Coach Scott Norman. “They exploded on us. It was two even teams last year and two even teams this year.
“It’s just another IMAC win. They’re all sweet. They’ve got a good team. They’ve got a very good team. They’ve been 10 running just about everybody.”
This has been an outstanding season so far for the Seymour baseball team. They are sitting on top of the tough IMAC league in first place.
A couple of years ago there was some doubt as to how well a smaller school like Seymour would compete with the larger IMAC schools. Well that doubt has been completely removed. If the post season play goes well, this could be a very special year.
Next up for the Eagles is Bearden at Bearden.
Seymour Baseball Wins Big One
By: Lee Ramsey