RACINE, Ohio — The offense was alive and well at Star Mill Park Thursday night as the Southern baseball team outlasted visiting Waterford for a 12-9 victory in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup in Meigs County.
The Tornadoes (10-9, 8-6 TVC Hocking) trailed 1-0 after one inning of play, but the hosts countered with seven straight scores over the next two frames to secure a lead at 7-2. Both teams scored twice in the fourth, but the Wildcats (7-10, 4-7) answered with two runs in th fifth to close to within 9-5 after five complete.
Waterford managed to knot things up after scoring four times in the sixth for a 9-all contest, but the hosts countered with three runs in their half of the sixth to claim a permanent lead of 12-9. Colten Walters doubled home Brandon Moodispaugh with the eventual game-winning run.
Both teams produced 10 hits and SHS committed all three errors in the contest. The rematch will occur on May 19 when Southern travels to WHS.
Jack Lemley was the winning pitcher of record after allowing six runs, six hits and one hit batsman over two innings of relief work while striking out two. Ellis suffered the loss after surrendering three runs, two hits and a walk in one frame of work.
Walters and Tom Ramthun led Southern with four hits apiece, followed by Hunter Johnson and Paul Ramthun with a safety apiece. Tom Ramthun drove in a game-high six RBIs and Johnson added two RBIs to the winning cause.
Moodispaugh and Walters each scored three runs, while both Ramthuns and Trenton Deem all scored two runs apiece.
Issac Huffman, Clay Hayes, Cameron Bosner and Devun Farley had two hits apiece for WHS, while Brent Ginther and Mitch Ginther added a safety each.