RACINE, Ohio — A walk-off in the send-off.
The Southern softball team scored five runs in the bottom of the fifth to complete a 10-0 mercy rule victory over visiting Federal Hocking on Wednesday night in its final Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup of the year at Star Mill Park in Meigs County.
The Lady Tornadoes (9-10, 9-7 TVC Hocking) surrendered only two hits and scored at least one run in each of their five innings at the plate, which included a monstrous fifth frame that produced five runs on five hits, a walk and an error while doubling a 5-0 advantage.
SHS took a permanent lead in the first as Shelbi Dailey delivered a two-out RBI single to left-center, which allowed Jaiden Roberts to score for a 1-0 edge.
Roberts followed in the second frame by doubling in Kati Barton for a 2-0 lead, then Dailey reached on an error in the third and later scored during a fielder’s choice — giving the Purple and Gold a three-run advantage through three complete.
Sydney Cleland singled home Roberts in the fourth and Josie Cundiff also came around with a run on an overthrow, allowing the hosts to secure a 5-0 edge after four frames.
The Lady Tornadoes had their first five batters reach safely in the fifth. Paige VanMeter — the eighth batter in the fifth inning — completed the contest with a single to left that allowed Roberts to score the 10th and final run.
Southern also claimed a season sweep of the Lady Lancers (4-14, 4-11) after posting a 14-0 decision in Stewart back on April 4. SHS finished the 2017 campaign in sole of possession of fifth place in the TVC Hocking standings.
The Purple and Gold outhit the guests by a 12-2 overall margin and also played an error-free game, while FHHS committed four errors in the setback.
Sydney Cleland was the winning pitcher of record after allowing two hits and striking out two over five innings of work.
Roberts led the hosts with three hits, followed by VanMeter and Sydney Cleland with two safeties apiece. Cundiff, Dailey, Barton, Lauren Lavender and Sierra Cleland also had a hit each in the triumph.
Roberts and Sydney Cleland led SHS with two RBIs apiece, while Roberts also scored a team-best three times.
Dunfee and Glass had the lone hits for Federal Hocking in the setback.
Southern completes its regular season schedule Friday when it hosts Nelsonville-York in a non-conference contest at 5 p.m.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.