Lady Falcons top Fed Hock, 5-1

By Bryan Walters -

STEWART, Ohio — Still sitting atop the league standings.

The Wahama softball team remained unbeaten in Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division play on Monday night during a 5-1 victory over host Federal Hocking.

The Lady Falcons (6-4, 3-0 TVC Hocking) picked up their third consecutive victory in the wire-to-wire triumph as the guests scored the first five runs of the game before the Lady Lancers (1-2, 1-2) managed to crack the scoreboard in the bottom of the seventh.

Both teams struggled offensively as WHS outhit the hosts by a slim 4-3 overall margin, but the Red and White also benefited from a FHHS error — the only mistake in the contest.

The game was scoreless through two complete, but Wahama broke through with two runs in the top of the third as Autumn Baker started things with a single. Baker advanced to second on a wild pitch and later scored on a one-out single by Hannah Rose that made it 1-0.

Rose later came around to score on a two-out single by Ashtyn Russell for a 2-0 edge midway through the third.

WHS padded its lead in the fourth as Cynthia Hendrick received a one-out walk and eventually scored on a Emily VanMatre single to make it a 3-0 contest.

Russell gave Wahama a 4-0 cushion in the fifth as a groundout allowed Rose to cross home plate, then Hannah Billups completed the Lady Falcons’ scoring after coming home on an error that allowed Maddy VanMatre to reach safely in the seventh.

Destiny Tabler singled to start the bottom of the seventh and later scored on a ground out by Glass, which wrapped up the 5-1 outcome.

Hendrick was the winning pitcher of record after allowing one earned run, three hits and one walk over seven innings while striking out seven. Glass took the loss after surrendering five runs (four earned), four hits and six walks over seven frames while fanning six.

Rose, Russell, Billups and Emily VanMatre led the guests with a hit apiece. Russell drove in a team-high two RBIs and Rose led WHS with two runs scored.

Dunfee, Tabler and Mayle paced Fed Hock with a hit each. Glass had the team’s lone RBI and Tabler scored the only run in the setback.

The Lady Falcons return to action Tuesday when they host South Gallia in a TVC Hocking contest at 5 p.m.

Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.

By Bryan Walters