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Seymour three-peats in the Bay Conference

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Seymour beat West De Pere 5-2 to win its third straight Bay Conference title Tuesday. (WLUK)

DE PERE (WLUK) -- It was all on the line Tuesday in the Bay Conference.

Seymour visited West De Pere with the winner capturing the league title.

After winning the last two conference championships, Seymour had no interest in letting go of the top spot and the Thunder didn't. Seymour scored four runs in the top if the sixth inning to break a 1-1 tie and went on to win its third straight Bay title with a 5-2 win, avenging its only loss of the season.

"I think this bring us a lot of momentum going into regionals and sectionals," Seymour catcher Chloe Evans said. "With this win it boosts our energy."

"Starting our season our very first goal was to be Bay Conference champs," coach Karri Vandenlangenberg said. "We sat down and took photos of our conference championships and imagined to what it would be like to have that third one up there and the girls did that."

Evans wasted no time in setting the. Leading off the game, the junior launched her 12th home run of the season over the left-field fence for a 1-0 lead.

"I was just really trying to get the momentum going," Evans said. "I know that if I can start the game out strong it brings a it of confidence to this team."

West De Pere (15-4, 10-2) matched Seymour's run in the bottom of the first and then the offense's struggled against pitchers Paige Weyer (Seymour) and Genesis Eggart (West De Pere) until the sixth. Evans led off with a base hit to left field and Diahanna King drove in Evans to make it 2-1.

Seymour (19-1, 11-1), which is 39-3 over the last two seasons, then implemented small-ball, or bunting, and forced the Phantoms to make plays and the result was three more runs.

"Last year our win here we played a lot small-ball," Vandenlangenberg said. "We had talked about that in practice, if we couldn't accomplish our goals getting base hits, we were going to go back to the small-ball game. With getting a girl on that small-ball chance opened up."

"I think sometimes it takes us a while to get going," Evans said. "I know we've kind of struggled against her (Eggart). We focused on it in practice. Once we got that momentum it all breaks open and everybody has all that confidence."

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