STEWART, Ohio — A solid rebound.
After suffering a 12-3 setback at Belpre just 24 hours earlier, the Southern softball team more than found its offensive rhythm on Tuesday night following a 14-0 victory over host Federal Hocking in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division contest in Athens County.
The Lady Tornadoes (2-2, 2-1 TVC Hocking) were held scoreless after an inning of play, but the guests plated at least two runs over each of the next four frames while cruising to its first road win of the season.
SHS started things in the second with a one-out double by Sydney Cleland, who came around to score the eventual game-winning run one batter later when Shelbi Dailey singled for a 1-0 edge.
Sierra Cleland followed with a double that put runners on second and third, then both Dailey and Cleland scored on passed balls to make it a 3-0 contest through two complete.
Southern sent eight batters to the plate in the third, which resulted in three runs on two hits, two walks, an error and a hit batter — all which led to a 6-0 advantage through three full frames.
The Lady Tornadoes tacked on two more scores in the fourth for an eight-run cushion, then sent 11 batters to the plate in the top of the fifth while producing six runs on four hits, two hit batters, an error and a walk for a sizable 14-0 lead headed into the final half-inning.
The Lady Lancers (1-3, 1-3) mustered one of their two safeties in the bottom of the fifth, but a double play and a ground out sealed the deal on the mercy-rule decision.
The Purple and Gold outhit the hosts by a sizable 10-2 overall margin and also committed only one of the five errors in the game. SHS stranded six runners on base, while Fed Hock left only three on the bags.
Sydney Cleland was the winning pitcher of record after allowing two hits and two walks over five innings while striking out four. Glass suffered the setback after surrendering seven earned runs, 10 hits and five walks over five frames while fanning eight.
Sierra Cleland paced the guests with three hits, followed by Paige VanMeter and Sierra Cleland with two safeties apiece. Dailey, Jaiden Roberts and Phoenix Cleland also had a hit each for the victors.
VanMeter and Sierra Cleland both drove in a team-best three RBIs, followed by Josie Cundiff with two RBIs. Roberts, Dailey and Phoenix Cleland also knocked in a run apiece.
Roberts scored a team-high three runs, while Cundiff, Dailey, Sierra Cleland and Cierra Whitesell each scored twice. Lauren Lavender, Phoenix Cleland and Haley Musser also crossed home plate one time each in the win.
Hatfield and Tritpo had the lone hits for FHHS, which had only one of its seven baserunners get beyond second base.
Southern returns to action Wednesday when it hosts Roane County in a non-conference contest at 5 p.m.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.
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