CHESHIRE, Ohio — The Southern softball team had 15 hits Tuesday night en route to a 11-4 victory over host River Valley.
Southern (8-4) paired two hits with three walks to score three runs in the top of the opening frame. River Valley (2-11) countered with a run in the home half of the first and cut the lead to 3-1.
Southern again took advantage of three walks and two hits in the second this time to score two runs. River Valley pushed its second run of the game in the home half of the third inning on the strength of two base hits.
SHS scored two runs in the top of the fourth while RVHS scored one in the bottom half. The Lady Tornadoes lead was cut to 7-4 in the bottom of the sixth after the Lady Raiders manufactured a run.
Southern scored four runs on four hits in the top of the seventh to extend its lead to 11-4. River Valley failed to comeback in the bottom of the seventh and SHS earned the win.
Jordan Huddleston was the winning pitcher for the Lady Tornadoes as she gave up four runs on 11 hits and four walks in seven innings of work.
Noel Mershon was credited with the loss after giving up 11 runs on 15 hits in seven innings of work.
Southern’s offense was led by Kyrie Swann with four hits, a triple, two doubles, and a single, and four runs scored. Maggie Cummins and Katelyn Hill each had three hits with Cummins scoring three runs. Hannah Conley had two hits while Morgan McMillan, Jordan Huddleston, and Kelsey Strang each finished with one hit.
Ashley Cheesebrew, Mary Waugh, Amanda Eddy, and Libby Leach led River Valley with two hits in the contest, while Noel Mershon, Chelsea Copley, and Ashley Morgan each finished with one hit. Leach, Copley, and Waugh each finished with one RBI.
River Valley returns to action Thursday when they visit Coal Grove at 5 p.m. while Southern hosts South Gallia Friday at 5 p.m. at Star Mill Park.