MERCERVILLE, Ohio — A lot has changed since the first game of the season.
In the season’s opening game the South Gallia softball team dropped a 11-10 decision at Federal Hocking. The Lady Rebels had their shot at revenge on Monday night when they hosted FHHS, but the Lady Lancers showed what they have learned and stormed to a 15-5 Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division victory.
The Lady Lancers (4-3, 4-3 TVC Hocking) sent 11 batters to the plate in the first inning, scoring seven runs in the process, while added two more scores in the top of the second. South Gallia (1-6, 0-6) broke through with two runs in the bottom of the second but FHHS marked three in the top of the third to extend to the lead to 12-2.
The Lady Rebles marked a run in the bottom of the third to cut the deficit to nine but the Maroon and Gold marked two in the fourth and one in the fifth to extend the lead back to double digits. South Gallia scored twice in the bottom of the fifth but couldn’t avoid the mercy rule and Federal Hocking took the 15-5 triumph.
Ashton Cale after allowing just five runs on three hits, while striking out four. Alicia Hornsby suffered the loss after allowing 12 runs on 11 hits and two walks, while striking out one. Courtney Haner threw two innings and allowed three runs on two hits and a walk, while striking out two.
The SGHS offense was led by Lesley Small, Sara Bailey and Alyssa Stapleton with one hit each. Small scored two run, while Bailey, Hornsby and McCombs each scored once.
Carly Tabler led FHHS with four hits, while Ashton Cale added a single and a homerun. Cale had a game-high four runs batted in, while scoring three times.