MERCERVILLE, Ohio — Offense in abundance.
The Southern softball team put together 20 hits Wednesday night as the Lady Tornadoes cruised to a 21-1 victory over Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division host South Gallia.
Southern (2-0, 2-0 TVC Hocking) sent 14 batters to the plate in the top of the first inning and plated 11 runs. The Lady Tornadoes added five more runs in the third inning, highlighted by a three-run homerun by Cierra Turley.
The Lady Rebels (0-2, 0-2) got on the board in the home half of the third when Alicia Hornsby doubled home Sara Bailey, but SGHS failed to score again. Southern posted five runs in the fourth frame to cap off the 21-1 victory.
Southern senior Jordan Huddleston earned the victory after giving up just four hits and a run in three innings. Huddleston struck out five and walked two in the win. Cierra Turley threw one inning in relief and allowed just one hit, while striking out two.
Caitlyn VanScoy was the losing pitcher of record and she struck out two.
The Southern hit parade was led by Ali Deem with four hits, followed by Cierra Turley and Autumn Porter with three hits apiece. Baylee Hupp, Darien Diddle and Haley Hill each had two hits, while Caitlyn Holter, Brandi Porter, Jordan Huddleston, Hannah Hill and Grace Wolfe each had one safety.
Turley led the way with four runs batted in, followed by Diddle with three. Brandi Porter, Huddleston and Hannah Hill each had two RBIs, while Holter, Deem, Wolfe and Chais Michael each had one. Turley and Deem both scored four times, Hupp scored three runs, while Diddle and Huddleston each crossed the plate twice. Holter, Hannah Hill, Brandi Porter, Sarah Dowell, Autumn Porter and Haley Hill each had one run scored in the win.
Alyssa Stapleton led the Lady Rebels with two hits, followed by Sara Bailey, Lesley Small and Alicia Hornsby with one each. Bailey scored the only SGHS run on the Hornsby RBI.
These teams will meet again on April 23, in Racine.