TUPPERS PLAINS, Ohio — Just adding to the dynasty.
For the fifth straight season the Eastern softball team has won the Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division championship. On Monday night, the Lady Eagles knocked off TVC Hocking guest Trimble by a 13-2 count in five innings, sealing their 13th league title and sixth in the past seven seasons.
EHS (17-6, 14-1 TVC Hocking) scored the game’s first run in the home half of the first inning, as Emmalea Durst doubled home Sidney Cook.
The Lady Tomcats (12-5, 11-3) — who entered Monday in second place in the nine-team league — tied the game in the top of the second frame, as Alyssa Turley blasted a solo home run.
The Green and Gold regained the advantage in the home half of the second, however, as Hannah Bailey singled home Taylynn Rockhold.
With two outs in the bottom of the third inning, EHS gained a little breathing room as Allison Barber was driven in by Cera Grueser. One batter later, Rockhold blasted a three-run home run, extending Eastern’s lead to 6-1.
Turley led off the top of the fourth inning with her second solo homer of the day, but the Lady Eagles retired the next three batters in order.
The hosts broke the game open in the bottom of the fourth, scoring seven runs on seven hits and two walks. THS failed to score in the top of the fifth, and the Lady Eagles claimed the 13-2 mercy rule victory.
The winning pitcher of record was EHS junior Jess Coleman, who allowed two runs and three hits, in five innings of work. Coleman struck out eight batters and walked three.
Nikki Kish was credited with the loss, allowing 13 runs on 12 hits and five walks, while striking out two batters in a complete game effort.
Cook led the EHS offense, going 3-for-4 with two doubles, two runs scored and two RBI. Durst was 2-for-3 with two doubles, one run scored and one RBI, Bailey was 2-for-3 with one double, one run scored and one RBI, while Rockhold was 1-for-1 with a home run, two runs scored and four RBI.
EHS freshman Mollie Maxon doubled once, scored one and drove in one run, Grueser and Katlyn Barber both singled once, scored twice and drove in one run, while Kayla Tripp — who is Eastern’s lone senior — marked one single, one run scored and one RBI in her senior night game. Coleman drove in one run in the win, while Allison Barber scored once as the courtesy runner.
Turley was 2-for-2 with a pair of solo home runs to lead Trimble, while Sydney Hardy added a double. THS committed the game’s lone error.
Eastern will go for the season sweep of the Lady Tomcats on May 9, when the Lady Eagles visit Glouster.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.