North loses at Seymour

SEYMOUR

Seymour’s baseball team rallied for three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to edge Columbus North 7-6 Tuesday afternoon at American Legion Field.

North held leads of 1-0, 5-2 and 6-4 but was unable to hold on. The Bull Dogs are 3-1.

The Dogs took a 1-0 lead in the second when Cooper Trinkle hit a ball off the scoreboard in left field for a long home run.

North combined four hits to score four runs in the fourth. Nolan Wetherald doubled, moved to third on a sacrifice and scored on a single by Wade Rankle.

Rankle later scored on an error before Tyler Finke singled and rode home on Trinkle’s second homer of the game.

“It’s Cooper’s third home run in the last two games,” North coach Ben McDaniel said. “He’s swinging the bat real well. We put in a new strength training program in the off-season and we saw some results of that over the last couple nights.

“I’m a little disappointed in the way we started. We had a freshman (Parker Maddox) on the mound. It was his first start tonight, and we didn’t give him the defensive support that he needed in the first inning. We had a couple errors that were not normal for us, and it’s hard to regain a confidence after a start like that.

“Parker did a great job of coming back and battling through five innings, and I thought pitched very well for his first start.”

Maddox held the Owls scoreless until the third inning when they scored twice, then added two more runs in the fourth.

Canaan Baum walked in the fifth inning and scored on a hit by Wetherald for North’s final run.

Jorge Vega had three hits and two RBI, and Keenan Bohall had two hits and two RBI to lead the Seymour offense.

“I’m a little disappointed,” McDaniel said. “I will not take anything away from Coach Richey’s ball club. They played one heck of a game. Coach Richey does a fantastic job down here. His players were ready to go. From start to finish they were ready to play and they played well tonight.

“We’ve got to clean it up defensively, and we’ve got to do a better job with some timely hitting. In the first we had runners on second and third with no out, and we couldn’t get anybody across the plate.”

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Arv Koontz is a sports correspondent for The (Seymour) Tribune.