BELPRE, Ohio — Sometimes all it takes is one.
The Southern softball team needed just one run Friday night to take the shutout victory over Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division host Belpre.
It took nearly the entire game but the Lady Tornadoes (14-4, 13-1 TVC Hocking) broke through in the top of the seventh inning when Hannah Hill singled home Haley Hill with one out. Belpre (6-17, 5-9) loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh but Southern survived the scare and took the 1-0 triumph.
Jordan Huddleston earned the victory after allowing just four hits in seven shutout innings, while striking out eight and walking one. Dye suffered the loss after allowing one run on nine hits, while striking out three in seven innings.
The Lady Tornado offense was led by Caitlyn Holter and Hannah Hill with two hits each, while Baylee Hupp, Haley Hill, Cierra Turley, Ali Deem and Huddleston each had one hit. Haley Hill scored the lone run on the Hannah Hill RBI. Haley led the way with two stolen bases, both in the seventh inning, while Holter and Turley each had one steal.
Elkins, Bell, Hager and Bennett each marked a hit for the Lady Golden Eagles.
The Lady Tornadoes also defeated BHS on April 17, in Racine, by a 15-0 count. This is the third one run victory for SHS this season and the third shutout, including a shutout win over Waterford on Thursday. The Purple and Gold have won four straight games and seven of their last eight, dating back to Easter. Belpre had won back-to-back league games for the first time since April 5.