Southern storms past Lancers, 13-3

By Alex Hawley -

STEWART, Ohio — When you’re hot you’re hot, and when you’re not you’re not.

The Southern baseball team picked up its third straight victory, on Tuesday night in Athens County, defeating Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division host Federal Hocking by a 13-3 count in five innings and giving the Lancers their fifth straight setback.

Southern (3-1, 3-0) took the a 2-0 lead in the top of the opening inning, but the Lancers (0-5, 0-4) got one run back in the bottom of the second.

The Tornadoes combined two hits, six walks and an error to score seven runs in the top of the third inning, pushing the SHS lead to 9-1.

FHHS scored a run in the bottom of the third, but Southern pushed three runs across in the top of the fourth frame.

Federal Hocking cut the Tornado lead to nine runs, at 12-3, in the bottom of the fourth, but Southern scored once in the top of the fifth to extend its lead back to 10.

The Lancers failed to score in the bottom of the fifth, and Southern claimed the 13-3 mercy rule victory.

SHS senior Clayton Wood earned the pitching victory, allowing three runs, two earned, on four hits, five walks and two hit batters. Wood struck out eight batters in a complete game on the mound.

Dillon Wilfong was the losing pitcher of record, starting and pitching into the third inning for the Lancers.

Seven Tornadoes marked a single apiece, they were Wood, Logan Drummer, Trey Pickens, Blake Johnson, Billy Harmon, Garrett Wolfe and Jensen Anderson.

Wood helped his own cause, crossing home plate three times for the Purple and Gold. Drummer, Pickens, Johnson and Wolfe each scored twice in the win, while Harmon and Dylan Smith both scored once.

Justin Lopez led the Lancers at the plate with two hits and a run scored. Wilfong doubled and scored once, Trevor Bell added a single, while Randall Torrence crossed home once in the setback.

The Lancers committed four of the game’s five errors. SHS left six runners on base, while FHHS stranded nine.

These teams are scheduled to meet again on April 21, in Racine.

Southern is slated to return to action on Thursday, at Vinton County.

Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.

By Alex Hawley