WATERFORD, Ohio — The Eastern High School softball squad scored half of its runs rather early, and the other half rather late, en route to yet another victory in the Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division.
The Lady Eagles amassed five runs through the opening six innings, then scored their final five in the final frame, en route to a 10-1 win over the host Waterford Wildcats on Wednesday.
Eastern scored three times in the third, before single points in the fourth and fifth stanzas — then erupted for five runs on four hits in the last.
Waterford scored once in the second to actually lead 1-0, as back-to-back doubles by Denise Young and Katie Wagner resulted in the earned run.
The Eagles are on pace for yet another TVC-Hocking Division championship, as Eastern improved its league record to a leading 10-1 — part of 11-4.
Waterford fell to 4-8 with the loss — and 3-8 in the division.
Eastern pitcher Jessica Coleman crafted the complete-game victory, striking out a dozen and only allowing the earned run in the second.
She struck out the Wildcats for all three outs in the second, while recording two “Ks” apiece in the first, sixth and seventh.
Her lone walk was Waterford’s leadoff batter in the first, as she scattered seven hits and retired the side 1-2-3 in the third.
Coleman faced four Wildcats apiece in the first, fourth and fifth.
Young and Paige McCutcheon led Waterford with two hits apiece, including McCutcheon’s leadoff triple in the fourth.
Coleman drew a one-out walk in the second, but it wasn’t until the third when Eastern started to successfully swing the bats.
Morgan Baer — the courtesy runner for catcher Mollie Maxon — scored the Eagles’ initial run for the 1-1 tie, driven home on a double by Hannah Bailey.
Sidney Cook conked a double on the next at-bat to score Bailey, and the Eagles led the rest of the way.
In the third, Abbie Hawley reached on an error — and eventually scored as Maxon walked.
In the fifth, Emmalea Durst, Katlyn Barber and Coleman collected back-to-back-to-back singles, with Coleman driving in Durst for the 5-1 lead.
The Eagles then batted around in the seventh, as Cook led off by singling — and Durst drove her in on a double.
Coleman then reached on an error, Taylynn Ruckhold had an RBI-single, Hawley had an RBI-groundout, Maxon walked, and finally Elaina Hensley had a two-run triple to make it 10-1.
Eastern traveled to Wellston for a non-league tilt on Thursday, and hosts another TVC-Ohio club — Vinton County — today (Friday, April 22).
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106