GLOUSTER, Ohio — Finishing with a bang.
The Eastern softball team completed its 2016 championship run in impressive fashion Friday night following a 13-1 victory over host Trimble in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup in Athens County.
The Lady Eagles (19-6, 15-1 TVC Hocking) scored the first 10 runs of the game before allowing a solo homer to Alyssa Turley in the bottom of the fourth, but the guests answered with three more runs and some stellar defensive play to wrap up the mercy-rule decision in five innings.
EHS also claimed a season sweep of the Lady Tomcats (13-6, 11-5) after posting a 13-2 win at Don Jackson Field back on May 2.
Eastern got a pair of two-out RBI singles from Jess Coleman and Cera Grueser in the top of the first, giving the Green and Gold an early 2-0 cushion.
EHS followed with three runs in the second and third innings after producing three hits to go along with two THS errors in each frame, making it an 8-0 contest through three complete.
The guests then produced four consecutive one-out hits in the fourth, which led to a pair of scores and a sizable 10-0 edge midway through the fourth.
Two hits, two walks and an error allowed Eastern to plate three more runs in the fifth, which made it a 13-1 contest.
Trimble had the bases loaded with nobody out in the home half of the fifth, but Hannah Bailey made a terrific snag on a pop-up in shallow centerfield, then fired a bullet to home plate that resulted in a double play as Dixon was called out on an attempted tag from third.
EHS followed by inducing a 1-3 ground out on the next play, which wrapped up the 12-run triumph.
The Lady Eagles outhit the hosts by a 16-7 overall margin and committed only one of the seven errors in the contest. The guests stranded nine runners on base, while Trimble left six on the bags.
Coleman was the winning pitcher of record after allowing one earned run, seven hits and two walks over five innings while striking out four.
Nikki Kish took the loss after surrendering 13 runs (seven earned), 16 hits and two walks over five frames while fanning zero.
Cera Grueser paced the Lady Eagles with four hits, followed by Sidney Cook and Courtney Fitzgerald with three safeties apiece. Bailey and Mollie Maxon were next with two hits each, while Coleman and Taylynn Rockhold also had a safety apiece for the victors.
Grueser and Cook drove in two RBIs each, with Bailey, Coleman, Maxon, Rockhold, Fitzgerald and Morgan Baer also knocking in a run apiece.
Cook scored three times for the Lady Eagles, while Bailey, Grueser, Fitzgerald and Annalisa Boano also scored two times apiece. Rockhold and Katlyn Barber also scored a run each for the guests.
Turley, Ward, Spears, Hardy, Williams, Lackey and Dixon all had a hit apiece in the setback.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.
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