RACINE, Ohio — Unfortunately for the Lady Tornadoes on Tuesday, it was too little too late.
That’s because Belpre jumped out to a 9-0 lead through five-and-a-half innings, and eventually doubled up host Southern 10-5 in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division softball makeup matchup at Star Mill Park in Racine.
The Lady Tornadoes scored twice in the sixth inning and three more in the seventh to trim their deficit in half, but thanks to a five-run outburst in the third frame, Belpre built momentum that carried to the end.
The Golden Eagles are now 4-1, both overall and in the league.
The Tornadoes fell to 2-2 in the TVC-Hocking, part of 2-4 overall.
The game was a makeup bout from March 28, when it was rained out.
The Tornadoes did have 10 hits, but Belpre pitcher Madison Harman held Southern off the scoreboard until the final two frames.
Southern stranded eight baserunners, with seven of those left in scoring position.
Harman hurled a complete game with eight strikeouts, as her only two walks and lone hit batsman led to the two sixth-stanza runs.
She retired the side 1-2-3 in the fifth, which followed facing four Tornadoes apiece in the opening three innings.
Sydney Cleland was the losing pitcher for Southern, allowing 13 hits and three walks with four strikeouts.
Harman helped herself with two hits, including a fourth-inning double, as Katie Osburn paced the Golden Eagles with three singles while scoring two runs.
Osburn’s two-run single made it 2-0 in the third, followed by a two-run single by Alexandria Williams, which made it 5-0.
Williams’ single in the fourth scored Harman for the sixth run, which was followed by three more in the sixth inning, including on a double by Sydney Hall.
Hall had two hits as well.
Cleland faced four Belpre batters in each of the opening two innings, prior to the pivotal five-run third.
A leadoff walk and a one-out outfield error off the bat of Osburn led to Belpre’s lone run in the seventh.
Brandy Porter paced the Tornadoes with three hits, including a second-inning double.
Savanah Bailey and Ali Deem dialed up two hits each, including Bailey’s RBI-double in the seventh.
Paige VanMeter’s RBI-single in the seventh, along with singles by Cleland (fourth inning) and Katie Barton (sixth inning), rounded out the Tornadoes’ hits.
Hannah Hill — who was hit by a pitch — and VanMeter — who walked — both scored in the sixth to trim the deficit to 9-2.
Deem, VanMeter and Porter all singled and scored in the last, as Bailey doubled in Porter but was left stranded to end the game.
The Lady Tornadoes returned to TVC-Hocking play on Wednesday when they traveled to Federal Hocking.
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106