RACINE, Ohio — Offense in abundance.
The Southern and Wahama softball teams combined for 17 runs and 28 hits Friday night, as the Lady Tornadoes claimed their first win of 2016 by a 9-8 count in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division showdown at Star Mill Park.
Wahama (5-2, 2-1 TVC Hocking) scored the game’s opening run, as freshman Grace Haddox reached on a fielder’s choice and later crossed home plate in the top of the first inning.
The Lady Tornadoes (1-3, 1-2) answered in the bottom of the first, however, scoring three runs on four hits and two walks. Southern added two more runs in the second frame, pushing the advantage to 5-1 by the conclusion of the inning.
Following scoreless third and fourth frames, Wahama pulled within one run in the top of the fifth, posting three runs on one hit, two errors and two free passes.
Southern gained an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth, when Savannah Bailey singled and later scored.
Using three hits and one base on balls, Wahama came back to tie the game at six with two runs in the top of the sixth inning. However, SHS scored three runs on four hits in the bottom of the sixth, establishing a 9-6 advantage.
The first two Lady Falcon batters in the seventh and final inning both reached base safely and came around to score, cutting the deficit to 9-8. WHS had two-runners in scoring position with two outs, when the Lady Tornadoes got the fly-out that they needed to seal the one-run win.
SHS sophomore Sydney Cleland struck out two and earned the pitching victory for the Purple and Gold, allowing eight runs on 13 hits and four free passes in seven innings of work.
Wahama junior Taylor McGrew was the losing pitcher of record, striking out five, while allowing nine runs on 15 hits and four free passes in a complete game effort.
Hannah Hill led the SHS offense with three singles and three runs scored in four at-bats, while Ali Deem and Savannah Bailey both went 3-for-4 with three singles and two runs scored. Paige VanMeter was 2-for-4 with two singles and one run scored, Haley Hill was 1-for-2 with one single and one run scored, while Brandy Porter went 1-for-4 with a double. Sabra Bailey and Sydney Cleland rounded out the Southern offense, each marking one single in three at-bats.
Morgan Harrison led the guests at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a trio of singles, while Cynthia Hendrick was 2-for-3 with one double, one single and one run scored. Ashtyn Russell and Amara Helton were both 2-for-4 with two singles and one run scored for the Lady Falcons, while Haddox and Rachel Roque both singled once and scored twice. McGrew and Faith Stewart both singled for the Red and White, with Stewart scoring once in the setback.
These teams are scheduled to clash again on April 20, in Hartford.
Both teams will continue league play on Monday, as Wahama host Waterford and Southern hosts South Gallia.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.