Playing on their home fields, both Seymour and Wayne looked sharp in the 1st round of the 2019 softball playoffs.
The Warriorettes led Mormon Trail after the 1st inning 2-0, scored 6 more in the 2nd then 4 in the 3rd to pull away 12-0 on Monday night.
After Hannah Hinners hit a triple to score Natalee Watters, who had just doubled and stolen a base, Nadia Howell doubled in Hinners to break open the game. Howell scored 2 runs with 2 RBI.
In the top of the 2nd, the Lady Saints were threatening after Thayda Houser hit Shelby Flesher with a pitch. But Dylan Murphy made a terrific catch off an Alexis Roberts fly ball, throwing to Ori Trimble at 1st for the double play to end the inning.
It was all Seymour after that. Houser struck out 4 batters in the 3rd, notwithstanding a called catcher interference that put Cali Arnold on base, and pitched a no-hitter. Houser also hit a based loaded double and drove in 3.
Watters walked and scored a run in the 2nd. Hinners drove her in with another hit, 1 of her 3 RBI. Murphy walked twice, stole a base, scored a run with 1 RBI. Harley Trimble and Zoe Joiner each scored a run.
Saints pitcher Chelsea Johnson struck out 3.
The Lady Falcons looked like a different, more determined team than the one that trailed Southeast Warren last week 5-2 in the 3rd inning. Wayne led 8-1 after the 1st inning, scored 5 runs in the 2nd and put it away with a Sterling Berndt sacrifice fly in the 3rd inning, 14-2.
Allison Wik, coming back from injury, had herself a game. She went 3 for 3, drove in 4 and stole a base. Berndt had 2 hits including a double and 3 RBI.
In the 2nd inning, Maddy Wood just missed a homerun, settling for a double before stealing 3rd base and scoring. Bayleigh Kellis drove her in on a 3-2 pitch. Abigayle Henderson stole a base and scored a run. Devyn Davis scored a run.
Camryn Jacobsen walked and drove in a run with a 2-out hit. Raegan Tilley walked and hit an RBI single. Emily Jones followed her in the 2nd inning with an RBI single. Jones also hit a double and drove in 3. Jaide Harvey drew a walk and scored.
Jones ended the top of the 3rd inning on defense, helping Berndt out of a jam by making a fine grab at 3rd and firing to 2nd base for the final out.
With 16-13 Seymour and 20-8 Wayne’s victories, it sets up an all-Wayne County matchup on Wednesday night at Saling Athletic Complex in Corydon, 7 p.m. The winner will face either Central Decatur or BCLUW on Fri., July 12.