MURRAY — It turned out to be a pretty good weekend at the Murray Tournament for Seymour and Moravia, who finished third and fourth respectively at the eight-team tournament that spans over two days.
Moravia started their tournament on Friday by getting some revenge against Martensdale-St. Marys, who they to in the regional semifinals last year. The Lady Mohawks came away with a 3-0 shutout win over MSM in the opening round.
Anaya Keith put together another awesome performance, pitching seven shutout innings giving up four hits with five walks and five strikeouts. She also went 3-for-4 at the plate while scoring one run.
Nathaniel Destiny and Ronnie Cormeny both picked up RBIs for Moravia in the game.
Moravia was then pitted against Melcher-Dallas in the semifinals where they fall 4-3 in a close game which they had a lead. The Lady Mohawks led 3-2 entering the fifth inning but the Saints would bring across two in the inning before holding on to send Moravia to the third place game.
Mikayla Fritz had a solo home run while Alexis McKim collected two RBIs for Moravia. Jessica Self got the start and would end up taking the loss after giving up four runs, three earned, on seven hits with two walks and six strikeouts.
Seymour took down Nodaway Valley 5-1 in their opening game of the tournament behind a four-run first inning.
Thayda Houser got the start in the circle for the Warriorettes, pitching all seven innings giving up one run on three hits with three walks and eight strikeouts. She was also a part of Seymour’s top of the order which did most of the damage offensively.
Houser, Hannah Hinners and Dylan Murphy each had two hits in the game while Murphy, Houser, Nadia Howell and Kaitlyn Couchman had a RBI.
Seymour then fell to host Murray 6-2 in the semifinals. Murray got out to an early lead after scoring three in the first inning. Seymour would then score two runs in the fifth to draw within a run. Murray would respond with three insurance runs in the sixth to get enough cushion to hold on.
Seymour was held to five hits with Howell going 2-for-3 in the contest. The Warriorettes got a RBI from Murphy and Natalee Watters. Ori Tremble took the loss, giving up six runs, three earned, on five hits with three walks and one strikeout.
That set up a third place showdown between Seymour and Moravia. To little surprise, it was another close game.
The Mohawks struck first in the first inning with the opening run of the game. Seymour then took the lead with two runs in the third and another one in the fourth. The Warriorettes made it 4-1 in the top of the sixth before Moravia would rally for two runs in the bottom of the inning to cut the deficit to one. Seymour would add an insurance run in the seventh to win the game 5-3 and take third in the tournament for a second consecutive season.
Houser got her second win of the tournament, pitching all seven innings giving up three runs, two earned, on three hits with three walks and nine strikeouts. Seymour got a couple of RBIs from Murphy while Houser and Couchman also chipped in a RBI.
Keith took the loss for Moravia after giving up five runs, four earned, on six hits with two walks and three strikeouts. The Mohawks were limited to just three hits in the game as Keith, Self and Nathaniel each had a RBI.
Seymour (3-3) returns home on Wednesday at 6 p.m. when they face Mormon Trail (0-3). Moravia (3-4) will hit the road to face Central Decatur (4-1) on Monday at 5:30 p.m.