TUPPERS PLAINS, Ohio — The Southern baseball team emerged victorious over Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division rival and host Eastern Monday night 12-0 in five innings after allowing just three hits to the Eagles.
Southern (7-0, 4-0 TVC Hocking) scored one run in the first inning but missed out on a big inning as they left two runners in scoring position. Eastern (3-3, 1-1) opened with a single but the SHS defense got the double play they wanted to end the inning unscathed.
Andrew Roseberry’s triple in the top of the second drove in two runs and extended the Southern lead to 3-0. The Tornadoes’ bats heated up in the top of the third, cashing in on five hits and three free passes to score seven in the inning. Eastern threatened in the bottom half of the third but again left two runners in scoring position.
After a quiet offensive fourth inning for both sides Southern broke through again in the fifth with two runs to expand its lead to 12-0. The Eagles needed to score three runs in the bottom of the fifth to avoid the mercy rule and Ethan Nottingham led off the inning with a double to put EHS in good position. SHS pitcher Ryan Taylor had other ideas as he struck out two straight batters and tagged out Nottingham at the plate for the final out.
Taylor was the winning pitcher for the Tornadoes after pitching five scoreless innings and giving up three hits and one walk. Taylor struck out six of the 20 batters faced.
Tim Elam was credited with the loss for EHS after giving up 10 runs on eight hits and five walks in 3.1 innings of work.
The SHS offense was paced by senior Andrew Roseberry with three hits and four runs batted in. Ryan Taylor, Dustin Custer, and Ethan Martin each had two hits for the Tornadoes while Danny Ramthun and Trenton Deem each had one hit. Southern Marcus Hill drew four walks in the contest.
Max Carnahan had two hits and on base on balls in the contest to pace the EHS offense. Nottingham had a double in the fifth to round out the Eagles hitting.
The Eagles look to snap their three game skid Wednesday when they travel across the river to face TVC Hocking foe Wahama at 5 p.m.
Southern looks to stay undefeated Wednesday as it hosts TVC Hocking opponent Federal Hocking at 5 p.m. at Star Mill Park.