SPENCER, W.Va. — If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
At the midway point of the regular season, the Southern baseball team remains unbeaten following a 7-5 victory over host Roane County Friday night during a non-conference matchup in the Mountaineer State.
The visiting Tornadoes (14-0) — who currently lead the Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division with an 8-0 league mark — needed some late-inning heroics to get past the Raiders (5-9), who stormed out to a 4-2 edge through four complete.
SHS countered with a three-run outburst in the fifth to claim a 5-4 lead, then scored twice in the top of the seventh to secure a 7-4 advantage headed into the finale. RCHS mustered a run in the bottom half of the frame to pull within one and had the tying run at the plate with one out, but the hosts never came closer the rest of the way.
Southern outhit the Raiders by a sizable 13-4 margin, but the ‘Does also committed the only two errors in the contest. Adam Pape was the winning pitcher of record for the guests after allowing four runs, two hits and five walks over five innings while striking out nine. Quenton Corbitt took the loss for the hosts, while Ethan Martin picked up the save after throwing two innings of relief.
Andrew Roseberry and Trenton Deem both paced Southern with three hits each, followed by Hunter Johnson with two safeties. Pape, Martin, Danny Ramthun, Dustin Custer and Marcus Hill also had a hit apiece for the victors. Hill drove in a team-best two RBIs, while Roseberry scored twice in the decision.
Tim Hendershot led RCHS with two hits and drove in a run. Fox scored twice for the hosts in the setback.
Southern also earned a season sweep of the Raiders after posting a 9-3 victory at Star Mill Park on March 29.