TUPPERS PLAINS, Ohio — Two teams headed in different directions met in Meigs County on Tuesday.
The Eastern softball team earned its fifth consecutive win, while the Vikings dropped their fifth straight game, as the Lady Eagles earned an 8-5 triumph.
The Lady Eagles (5-0) broke through in the bottom of the first inning when Grace Edwards doubled with two outs and then scored on Erin Swatzel’s single. Eastern freshman Kallyn Barber singled in the second inning and advanced to third base on a stolen base and a passed ball. Paige Cline drove in Barber to push the EHS lead to 2-0 after two innings.
Eastern’s offense took off in the bottom of the fourth with Barber, Hannah Hawley, Sabra Bailey and Cline all crossing the plate, pushing the EHS lead to 6-0. Vinton County’s (0-5) first offense of the night came in the top of the fifth when a Park homerun cut the lead to 6-2.
The Lady Eagles added some insurance in the seventh inning with a two-run homerun by Grace Edwards. The Lady Vikings rallied in the seventh to score three times but they couldn’t complete the comeback and EHS claimed the 8-5 victory.
EHS freshman Jess Coleman earned the pitching victory, throwing five innings and allowing just two runs on six hits and three walks. Grace Edwards earned the save after giving up three runs on five hits and two walks in two innings. Coleman struck out four, while Edwards fanned three in the win.
Vinton County’s Hunt was the losing pitcher of after surrendering eight runs on 12 hits and four walks in six innings. Hunt struck out five in the loss.
The EHS offense was led by junior Grace Edwards with a 3-for-3 effort that included a homerun and two doubles. Erin Swatzel, Kallyn Barber and Jourdan Griffin each singled twice, while Sabra Bailey added a double. Amber Moodispaugh and Hannah Hawley each marked a single in the win.
Edwards and Swatzel each had two runs batted in, while Cline, Griffin and Bailey each finished with one RBI. Barber and Edwards each scored twice to lead the charge, followed by Cline, Griffin, Hawley and Bailey with one score each. Barber had the Lady Eagles lone stolen base.
Park, Owings, Thomas and Smith each had two hits for VCHS, while Hale and Allen each had one hit. Owings and Park scored twice, while Hale crossed the plate once. Park drove in two runs, Thomas had one RBI, while Owings had the lone Vinton County stolen base.
The victory pushes Eastern to 3-0 against Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division teams.