WELLSTON, Ohio — The Lady Tornadoes are getting pretty good at ending win streaks.
For the second consecutive Tuesday the Southern softball team snapped an opponent’s double-digit game winning streak. This time the Purple and Gold handed a 10-3 loss to TVC Ohio Division champion and host Wellston, which had won 14 straight games.
After two scoreless innings of play the Lady Tornadoes (18-5) broke through in a big way in the top of the third, scoring eight runs on six hits, one error, one walk and one hit batter. Southern added another run in the top of the fourth, while Wellston (20-5) scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to cut the deficit to 9-3. SHS added an insurance run in the top of the fifth inning and cruised to the 10-3 victory.
Jordan Huddleston earned the complete game victory for SHS, allowing three runs on eight hits, while striking out three. Sydney Compston suffered the loss for the Lady Rockets after allowing 10 runs on nine hits and a walk in five innings. Chelsea McManaway threw the final two innings for WHS and didn’t allow a base runner. McManaway and Compston both struck out four.
The Purple and Gold were led at the plate by Caitlyn Holter with three hits, followed by Grace Wolfe and Haley Hill with two apiece. Cierra Turley, Baylee Hupp, Hannah Hill, Darien Diddle and Ali Deem each marked one hit in the win. Wolfe had a game-high three runs scored, Holter added two, while Hupp, Deem, Turley, Hannah Hill and Haley Hill each scored one run. Haley Hill led the way with two runs batted in, followed by Hupp, Holter and Hannah Hill with an RBI apiece.
The Lady Rockets were led by Lauren Riepenhoff with two hits, while Brittany Johnston had an RBI-double and scored.
Southern has now won four games in a row, while Wellston had won 18-of-19 dating back to early April.
The Lady Tornadoes will face Paint Valley in the Division IV Southeast District semifinal on Thursday in Minford, while WHS will face Huntington in the Division III Southeast District semifinal on Thursday at Unioto.