TUPPERS PLAINS, Ohio — The Eastern softball team picked up its fourth consecutive victory Friday night following a 9-2 decision over visiting Vinton County in a non-conference matchup at Don Jackson Field in Meigs County.
The Lady Eagles (13-4) found themselves in an early 2-0 hole after an inning of play, but the hosts wasted little time in gaining control of the game as EHS plated three runs in the bottom of the second for a permanent 3-2 advantage.
The Lady Vikings (8-11) mustered no runs and only three hits after the first inning, while Eastern tacked on a run in the third before adding two more in the fourth for a 6-2 cushion. EHS added three more runs in the fifth for a 9-2 cushion, then the game was called in the bottom of the sixth due to inclement weather.
The Lady Eagles’ big blow came in that pivotal second inning as Katlyn Barber started things with a single and later scored on an Abbie Hawley single, cutting the deficit in half at 2-1.
Mollie Maxon followed with a two-run homer that also plated Hawley, giving Eastern a 3-2 advantage through two complete.
The hosts outhit the Lady Vikings by a 7-5 overall margin and committed three of the five errors in the contest. EHS stranded five runners on base, while VCHS left four on the bags.
Jess Coleman was the winning pitcher of record after allowing two earned runs, five hits and one walk over six innings while striking out two. Destiny Ward took the loss after surrendering nine runs (eight earned), seven hits and five walks over 5.1 frames.
Maxon led the hosts with two hits, followed by Barber, Hawley, Sidney Cook, Emmalea Durst and Courtney Fitzgerald with a safety apiece. Cook, Maxon and Fitzgerald drove in two RBIs apiece, while Barber, Hawley and Annalisa Boano each crossed home plate twice.
Sara Owings and Brianna Hunt led Vinton County with two hits apiece, followed by Cayla Allen with a safety. Allen scored a run and drove in a run, while Owings also scored once in the setback.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.
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