RACINE, Ohio — It’s hard to say what was better, the SHS offense or the SHS defense.
Either way, Thursday was a good evening for the Southern softball team as it allowed just one hit to Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division guest Belpre, and the Purple and Gold took the 14-0 triumph.
The Lady Tornadoes (7-2, 7-1 TVC Hocking) hammered home five runs on the strength of six hits in the first inning to open the game in style. The Purple and Gold added four more runs in the third inning, which was highlighted by a three-run triple off the bat of Ali Deem.
Baylee Hupp and Cierra Turley both hit a homerun in the fourth inning, helping the Purple and Gold increase the lead to 14-0. Belpre was sent away in order in the fifth inning and Southern claimed the 14-0 mercy rule triumph.
Winning pitcher Jordan Huddleston allowed just one hit and thre a complete game shutout. Huddleston walked two batters and struck out nine.
The Southern offense was led by by Baylee Hupp with three hits, including a homerun and a double. Cierra Turley marked a homerun and a triple, Ali Deem had a triple and a double, while Darien Diddle hit two doubles. Jordan Huddleston, Grace Wolfe and Haley Hill each had a single in the win.
Turley drove in a game-high four runs, Deem marked three runs batted in and Hupp added two. Diddle, Huddleston and Hannah Hill had one RBI in the triumph. Hupp and Diddle scored three times each, Turley and Wolfe both scored twice, while Deem, Huddleston, Hannah Hill and Haley Hill all scored one run in the game.
Belpre’s lone hit of the game came in the second inning.
Southern will look to complete the season sweep of the Lady Golden Eagles on May 9, in Belpre.