BELPRE, Ohio — One inning ruined what was otherwise a good night for the Lady Eagles.
The Eastern softball team suffered a 3-2 loss to Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division host Belpre, on Thursday evening in Washington County, after the Orange and Black scored three times in the third inning.
Eastern (13-4, 12-3 TVC Hocking) —which controlled its own destiny in the TVC Hocking race prior to Thursday —took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, when Emmalea Durst was hit by a pitch, moved to second on an error, made it to third on a passed ball and scored on another passed ball.
Belpre (14-8, 11-3 TVC Hocking) — which has now won six of its last seven games — left two runners in scoring position in the second inning, but made up for it in the third. First, Richards scored on an error, and then Harmon doubled home Simmons and Osburn.
The visiting Lady Eagles were held hitless over the first three frames, with Katlyn Barber singling to lead off the fourth for Eastern’s first hit. With two outs in the frame, Katlyn Barber scored on a Mollie Maxon double, but EHS never reached scoring position again and fell by a 3-2 count.
Harmon earned the pitching victory for the hosts, striking out three batters and allowing two runs, on three hits and two hit batters.
Elaina Hensley suffered the loss in a complete game effort for EHS, striking out seven and allowing three runs, one earned, on six hits, one walk and one hit batter.
Maxon led the EHS offense with a double and an RBI, while Durst and Katlyn Barber both singled once and scored once.
Elkins had two singles to lead the victors, while Harmon marked a double and two RBIs.
EHS finished with two errors and five runners left on base, while Belpre had two errors and seven runners left on base.
The season series between these teams is a 1-1 split, as Eastern won the first meeting on March 29, by a 13-5 count on Don Jackson Field.
The Lady Eagles finished their league slate on Friday at Waterford and will return to the diamond on Tuesday, when Meigs visits Tuppers Plains.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.