RACINE, Ohio — It’d be nice if you could spread these runs out over a few games.
The Southern baseball team earned its first win of 2016 on Monday evening, topping Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division guest South Gallia by a 17-0 count in five innings, at Star Mill Park.
The Tornadoes (1-5, 1-3 TVC Hocking) scored eight runs on eight hits, two walks and one SGHS (0-4, 0-4) error in the opening inning, and then SHS added three runs on two hits and three walks in the second frame.
Southern pushed six runs across on six hits and one walk in the third inning, capping off the scoring in the 17-0 victory.
SHS junior Clayton Wood earned the pitching victory, striking out eight, while allowing two hits and three walks in four shutout innings. Tornadoes freshman Jensen Anderson struck out two in one perfect inning of relief work. Southern did not commit an error in the win.
SGHS senior Cuyler Mills struck out four and suffered the pitching loss, allowing 17 runs on 17 hits and seven walks in four innings. The Rebel defense committed four errors in the loss.
Trey Pickens and Brody Dutton were both 3-for-3 to lead the Purple and Gold offensively, with Pickens marking one double, two singles and two runs, and Dutton posting three singles, two runs and two stolen bases. Logan Dunn and Logan Drummer were both 2-for-2, as Dunn marked a double, a single and two runs scored, and Drummer added two singles and three runs scored.
Dylan Smith was 2-for-4 with one double, one single, two runs scored and one stolen base, Billy Harmon was 2-for-4 with two singles and two runs scored, while Garrett Wolfe doubled once and scored twice in the win. Blake Johnson singled once, scored twice and stole two bases in three at-bats, while Wood went 1-for-4 with a single.
Cory Bryan and Austin Stapleton both singled once for the Rebels, while Joey Woodall stole one base after drawing a base on balls.
These teams are scheduled to face off again on April 22, in Mercerville.
Southern hosted Belpre on Tuesday and will visit Federal Hocking on Wednesday, while SGHS will return to the diamond on Wednesday, at Miller.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.