TUPPERS PLAINS, Ohio — The Eastern softball team captured its sixth straight sectional title in convincing fashion Thursday night following a 21-0 victory in five innings over visiting South Webster in a Division IV sectional final at Don Jackson Field in Meigs County.
The top-seeded Lady Eagles (22-2) had minimal trouble in earning their sixth consecutive trip to districts as the hosts had nine different players pound out 17 hits in the mercy-rule decision. EHS junior Grace Edwards also tossed a majority of a no-hitter and allowed only two Lady Jeeps to reach base.
Eastern sent 11 batters to the plate in the first inning, which resulted in eight runs on five hits, three errors and two walks. EHS followed by sending 13 batters to the plate in the second which netted another nine runs for a commanding 17-0 cushion after two complete.
SWHS managed its first baserunner of the night with two outs in the third after Hill reached on an error, but was ultimately left stranded on base. Mysser was also hit by a pitch to start the fourth but was picked off trying to steal.
Eastern sent nine batters to the plate in its half of the fourth, which resulted in four runs on four hits, a walk and an error — making it a 21-0 contest headed into the fifth. South Webster went down in order, allowing the Lady Eagles to move on.
Eastern — which now has 19 sectional titles overall — will face Portsmouth Clay in the district semifinals at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Minford High School.
Edwards was the winning pitcher of record and struck out seven over four innings of work. Jess Coleman struck out two in an inning of relief. Buckler took the loss for the Lady Jeeps after walking five and striking out three.
Edwards led Eastern with four hits, five RBIs and four runs scored, which also included a three-run homer in the second inning. Paige Cline was next with three hits, while Coleman, Jourdan Griffin and Erin Swatzel each contributed two safeties.
Shaye Selbee, Hannah Hawley, Sabra Bailey and Breanna Bailey also had a hit apiece for the victors. Griffin also drove in three RBIs for the hosts.