RACINE, Ohio — A great offensive performance deserves some great defense.
The Southern baseball team held Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division guest Federal Hocking to just one hit on Friday night, as the Tornadoes toppled Federal Hocking by a 12-0 count, at Star Mill Park.
Southern (8-10, 7-5 TVC Hocking) scored four runs on one hit, four walks and two FHHS (1-14, 1-12) errors in the opening inning. The Tornadoes added five more runs on six hits in the second inning, and then posted two runs without the benefit of a hit in the third frame.
After SHS added one insurance run in the bottom of the fourth inning, the Tornadoes retired their guests in order in the top of the fifth, sealing the 12-0 win.
SHS junior Clayton Wood tossed a complete game and earned the pitching victory, striking out nine, walking two and allowing one hit. Devon Maxey suffered the pitching loss for the Lancers.
Dylan Smith led the Purple and Gold at the plate, tripling once, doubling once and scoring three times. Jeremy Dutton doubled once, singled once and scored twice for the Tornadoes, Ryan Acree singled three twice and scored three runs, Wood doubled once and scored once, while Billy Harmon added a double. Reece Reuter singled once and scored three times in the win, while Garrett Wolfe and Wesley Clark each added a single.
Chase Reed recorded Federal Hocking’s lone hit in the game, a single in the top of the fourth inning.
Southern committed one error in the win, while FHHS had three.
SHS also defeated the Maroon and Gold on April 6, in Stewart by a 16-0 count.
The Tornadoes are schedule to return to the diamond on Wednesday, when Miller visits Star Mill Park for a makeup game.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.