Seymour softball beats Daniel Boone, 2-0

Apr. 18, 2014 @ 08:21 PM

Seymour's bats weren't very warm as the weather cooled off under cloudy skies in the Eagles' third game of the day at the Maryville Classic softball tournament in Blount County on Friday afternoon.

But in a pitching duel like the one between Seymour starter Miranda Duncan and Daniel Boone's Jaclyn Jenkins, it's the little things that count offensively, and the Eagles took advantage of a couple of them in the sixth inning to post a 2-0 victory.

After leaving three runners on over five innings, Seymour opened the top of the sixth with the top of the order in a deadlock that seemed headed for extra innings. But then Lauren Irwin was hit by a pitch, only the second walk of the game for Daniel Boone's Jenkins.

Irwin advanced on a wild pitch, opening the door a little wider. That's when Sam Baldwin dropped a bunt that died in front of home plate and raced to first. Irwin rounded third, saw the throw to first was dropped, and didn't stop running until she crossed the plate.

That felt like plenty of momentum in itself, but after a sacrifice bunt by Reid Ballard to advance Baldwin, Bailey Pierce singled to center to give Seymour a 2-0 cushion.

Duncan did the rest on the mound.

"We set it up previously and worked on the bunt there and everything turned out well," Seymour coach Jess Sterling said.  "It was an exciting game."

In picking up the win, Duncan allowed just two hits, striking out five.

"Miranda's been real consistent lately," Sterling said. "She pitched our two big district games this week and is moving the ball well and keeping people guessing."

Jenkins took the loss, allowing four hits and striking out three. It was her two errant pitches in the sixth, however, that put Seymour in position to win the game.

The Eagles will take on host Maryville at Everett Field on Saturday morning at 9, as the tourney continues.