Belpre blasts Lady Tornadoes, 12-3

By Bryan Walters -

BELPRE, Ohio — A tough night on the road.

The Southern softball team rallied to tie things up at three midway through the third, but host Belpre countered with nine consecutive scores en route to a 12-3 victory in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup in Washington County.

The visiting Lady Tornadoes (1-2, 1-2 TVC Hocking) never led in the contest as the Lady Golden Eagles (2-4, 1-3) scored at least once in each of their first five innings at the plate.

Katie Osburn and Bri Elkins delivered back-to-back two-out singles in the bottom of the first, then both scored on a double by Madison Harman that gave BHS a 2-0 edge.

Southern countered with a run in the top of the second as Shelbi Dailey singled and later scored on an error that cut the deficit down to 2-1 midway through two.

Ryleigh Hannah and Lauryn Simmons had back-to-back two-out doubles in the bottom of the second, which allowed Hannah to score for a 3-1 contest after two complete.

Jaiden Roberts started the top of the third with a leadoff walk, then Paige VanMeter drilled a two-run homer to centerfield that knotted the game up at three-all.

Harmon singled in Osburn with the eventual game-winning run in the third, then Hannah McDaniel singled in Elkins and McDaniel later scored on an error to give Belpre a 6-3 cushion through three complete.

The Orange and Black followed with four runs in the fourth and two more in the fifth that ultimately wrapped up the nine-run outcome.

Belpre outhit the guests by a 15-7 overall margin and also committed only two of the six errors in the contest. SHS stranded 10 runners on base, while the hosts left six on the bags.

Sydney Cleland suffered the loss for Southern after allowing 11 earned runs, 15 hits and one walk over six innings while striking out three. Harman picked up the win after surrendering three runs (two earned), seven hits and four walks over seven frames while fanning 10.

Dailey led the Lady Tornadoes with three hits and Cleland added two safeties. VanMeter and Lauren Lavender also had a hit each in the setback. VanMeter also drove in both SHS runs.

Elkins and Harman led Belpre with three hits apiece, followed by Simmons, Osburn and Hannah with two safeties each. Richards, McDaniel and Deaton also had a hit apiece in the triumph.

Harman drove in a game-high five RBIs and Osburn scored four runs for the hosts.

Southern returns to action Tuesday when it hosts Federal Hocking in a TVC Hocking contest at 5 p.m.

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

By Bryan Walters