HARTFORD, W. Va. — You really can’t miss seeing Riverside Golf Club on your way into Hartford.
On Wednesday, you couldn’t help but notice the Southern Tornadoes teeing off on the Wahama White Falcon pitching.
That’s because the visiting Tornadoes touched up two Wahama hurlers for a dozen runs on 11 hits, en route to winning 12-4 in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division softball tilt.
The Tornadoes touched down for three runs in the opening inning and another four in the second, before scoring three more in the fourth and finally twice in the fifth.
While Wahama had single points in the second and fifth, and two unearned runs in the fourth, it was unable to avoid the West Virginia eight-run mercy rule after five.
Southern, with the win, raised its record to 8-7 — and 6-5 in the TVC-Hocking.
The White Falcons fell to 10-6, and 7-4 in the league.
Southern’s Ali Deem drilled the White Falcons for a 4-for-4 day at the plate, which included five runs batted in.
Her three-run single in the second made it 6-0, and gave the Tornadoes all the runs they would need for the win.
She later put the mercy rule into effect with an RBI-triple in the fifth for a 12-3 lead.
That nine-run advantage, along with a 10-1 edge after three-and-a-half frames, was the Tornadoes’ largest.
Deem and Haley Hill scored three runs apiece, as Brandy Porter’s RBI-double in the fourth made it 10-1.
Haley Hill, Hannah Hill, Paige VanMeter, Savannah Bailey, Katie Barton and Sydney Cleland all singled, with Porter and Hannah Hill recording two RBI and VanMeter notching one.
Hannah Hill reached on an error to lead off the game and was hit by a Tyler McGrew pitch in the second, while Cleland reached on an error in the fourth — and was walked by Cynthia Hendrick in the fifth.
McGrew gave up nine hits as she pitched the first four innings for Wahama, before Hendrick relieved her in the last.
Cleland, conversely, collected the complete-game win while walking none and only allowing four hits.
Only one of Wahama’s four runs was earned — that being in the second when Morgan Harrison singled and Hendrick had an RBI-groundout.
Harrison’s courtesy runner — Hannah Billups — scored twice for the White Falcons, including in the fifth as did Hendrick.
Cleland retired the White Falcons 1-2-3 in the first and third frames, sandwiched around facing four batters in the second.
In the fourth, the White Falcons scored with two outs when Amara Helton singled, Harrison reached on a 5-4 fielder’s choice, Hendrick reached on an error, and finally Maddison Ferguson singled.
With two outs in the fifth, Rachel Roque reached on an error, and Emily VanMatre singled her home.
However, Helton grounded out right back to Cleland to end the game.
Southern returns to the road, and returns to TVC-Hocking play, today at South Gallia.
Wahama travels to Waterford today for another TVC-Hocking bout.
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106
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