RACINE, Ohio — After getting no hits in the first game the Jeeps improved slightly in the second but failed to overcome the Tornadoes. The Southern baseball team won both games of the doubleheader at Star Mill Park Saturday in five innings each. The opening game 13-0 and the latter 11-1.
South Webster loading the bases with the first three batters in the top of the first inning via two walks and one hit batter but the Tornadoes’ Adam Pape sent down the next three batters on strikes to escape unscathed. Southern (11-0) sent 11 batters to the plate in the bottom half of the first en route to six runs.
A pair of Jeeps reached base in the second on a base on balls and a fielder’s choice but again failed to produce anything from it. SWHS failed to reach base after the second inning. SHS added three more runs in the bottom of the second inning to push the lead too 9-0.
Three Tornadoes came around to score in the third inning and one more scored in the fourth to push the lead to 13-0. South Webster failed to answer and SHS claimed the 13-0 mercy rule victory.
Adam Pape earned the victory after pitching five no-hit scoreless inning while walking three and striking out nine.
The Jeeps’ Salsbury was credited with the loss after pitching four innings and giving up 13 runs on 14 hits and four walks. Salsbury struck out four batters.
Southern’s offensive attack was led by Danny Ramthun as he scored three runs and had two hits. Hunter Johnson, Ethan Martin, Adam Pape, and Trenton Deem each had two hits as well. Trenton Cook, Dustin Custer, and Chandler Drummer each had one hit in the contest.
In game two the Jeeps wasted little time getting into the hit and run columns they were left out of in game one, as they scored one run on one hit in the top of the first. Southern answered with four runs in the bottom of the first inning to take 4-1 lead.
South Webster advanced a runner to third base in the bottom of the second but could not bring him in to score while Southern added two more runs in the bottom of the second. The Tornadoes manufactured another run in the third and led 8-1.
With four hits in the fourth SHS scored twice and led 10-1. Southern opened the fifth inning with two straight hits to bring a run home and enforce the mecry rule.
Dustin Custer earned the victory for the Tornadoes after pitching five innings and giving up one run on six hits and two walks. Custer struck out four batters.
South Webster’s Swords was credited with the loss after giving up 11 runs on 13 hits and a walk.
The SHS offense was led by Andrew Roseberry who had three hits including two triples. Adam Pape also had three hits while Hunter Johnson finished with with two hits. Ethan Martin, Danny Ramthun, Trenton Deem, Chandler Drummer, and Marcus Hill each had one hit for the Tornadoes. Danny Ramthun scored three runs to pace Southern.
The Jeeps were led by Salsbury with two hits in the contest.
Southern returns to action Wednesday when the host Miller at 5 p.m.