BELPRE, Ohio — It may have been a slow start but the Lady Eagles finished the night right.
The Eastern softball team failed to score in the first two innings but posted eight runs over the final two frames to take the 10-1 victory over Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division host Belpre.
Eastern (3-0, 1-0 TVC Hocking) got things going in the top of the third when Breanna Bailey scored on the Jess Coleman single. Sabra Bailey scored in the top of the fourth to put EHS up 2-0.
Six Lady Eagles crossed the plate in the top of the sixth and EHS was on cruise control. Belpre (0-3, 0-2) scored its lone run in the bottom of the sixth inning to cut the lead to to 8-1. Eastern capped off its evening with a pair of runs in the top of the seventh and the Green and Gold claimed the nine run victory.
Grace Edwards was the winning pitcher of record, giving up just one run on eight hits and five walks, while striking out three.
The EHS offense was led by Sabra Bailey with three hits, followed by Jess Coleman and Hannah Bailey with two hits apiece. Paige Cline, Grace Edwards, Maddison Woodyard and Shaye Selbee each marked one hit in the win.
Breanna Bailey led EHS with two runs batted in, followed by Hannah Bailey, Kallyn Barber, Selbee and Woodyard with one RBI apiece. Sabra Bailey scored a game-best three runs, Hannah Bailey scored twice, while Cline, Edwards and Amber Moodispaugh each scored once.
Eastern will look to sweep the Lady Golden Eagles on April 23, when these teams meet in Tuppers Plains.