RACINE, Ohio — It’s not how you start something, but rather how you finish it.
The Meigs softball team broke away from a three-all tie by scoring 10 runs in the top of the fifth Tuesday night en route to a 13-3 victory in five innings over host Southern in a non-conference matchup at Star Mill Park in Meigs County.
It was an even battle for four innings, as both the Lady Tornadoes (2-1) and visiting Lady Marauders (3-2) took turns trading leads before finding themselves deadlocked at three.
MHS — which has now won three straight decisions — sent 13 batters to the plate in the top of the fifth, which resulted in 10 runs on eight hits and two walks. Southern stranded a baserunner in its half of the fifth, which allowed Meigs to wrap up the mercy-rule decision.
Southern led 1-0 after one inning of play, then both squads plated two runs apiece in the third for a 3-2 contest. Meigs tied the game in the fourth after a two-out error allowed Danielle Morris to score from third.
The Lady Marauders outhit SHS by a 12-9 overall margin and committed just one error in the contest, compared to two miscues by the hosts. MHS also received a solo home run from Ariel Ellis in the second and a two-run homer from Sadie Fox in the fifth.
Morris, Fox, Alliyah Pullins, Brook Andrus and Katie Gilkey led Meigs with two hits apiece, followed by Ellis and Devyn Oliver with a safety each. Pullins, Andrus, Fox, Morris, Ellis and Gilkey also scored two runs each in the triumph.
Ali Deem and Hannah Hill paced Southern with two hits apiece, while Cierra Turley, Jordan Huddleston, Darien Diddle, Baylee Hupp and Haley Hill added one safety each. Diddle drove in a team-best two RBIs, while Hannah Hill led the hosts with two runs scored.
Destinee Blackwell was the winning pitcher of record after allowing three runs, nine hits and zero walks over five frames while fanning six. Huddleston took the loss after fanning three and walking three in four-plus innings of work.