TUPPERS PLAINS, Ohio — The Eastern softball team remained alone atop the league standings after claiming 12-2 victory in five innings over visiting Federal Hocking Friday night during a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup at Don Jackson Field in Meigs County.
The Lady Eagles (8-0, 5-0 TVC Hocking) never trailed in the contest, as the hosts led 2-0 after an inning of play before sending 10 batters to the plate in the second — which resulted in six runs on four hits and three errors for an 8-0 cushion after two complete.
EHS scored two more runs in the fourth to take a 10-0 lead, but the Lady Lancers (2-2, 2-2) answered with their only scores in the fifth as the guests plated two runs on two hits, a walk and an error.
Eastern, however, had Sabra Bailey start the bottom of the fifth by reaching on an error, then Paige Cline singled to put the game-winning run on base with nobody out. Grace Edwards followed two batters later with a bases-clearing double to wrap up the mercy-rule decision.
The Lady Eagles outhit FHHS by an 11-4 overall margin and committed only one error in the contest, compared to four by the guests.
Edwards was the winning pitcher of record after allowing just two walks over five innings while striking out six, while Ashton Cale suffered the loss after surrendering one walk over 4.1 innings of work while striking out zero.
Edwards led the hosts with three hits, followed by Cline with two safeties. Erin Swatzel, Jess Coleman, Katlyn Barber, Amber Moodispaugh, Hannah Bailey and Hannah Hawley also had a hit apiece for EHS. Cline, Edwards, Swatzel and Bailey each scored twice in the triumph.
Cobb led Fed Hock with two hits, while Cale and Glass added a hit apiece for the Lady Lancers. Hatfield and Glass also scored a run each in the setback.