Eastern, who won the league title in 2009 with a 10-0 record, has one game remaining in league play this season. The Eagles will travel to Trimble on Monday evening and with a win would claim sole possession of the league title. Federal Hocking is 8-2 in the TVC Hocking and is the only team that could share the title with Eastern.
Southern looked to score early in the game on Friday, with lead off batter Taylor Deem reaching on a walk, but he was left on base. The Eagles did take advantage of a lead off walk in the bottom half of the inning, with Nik Brannon drawing the walk and scoring on an RBI single by Tyler Hendrix.
Southern scored its first run in the top of the second inning with Kyle Cunningham walking and scoring on an RBI single by Greg Jenkins. The Tornadoes scored again in the top of the third. Eric Buzzard scored on an RBI single by Dustin Salser, giving Southern the 2-1 lead. The Purple and Gold added two runs in the fourth to take a 4-1 lead. Jenkins lead off the inning with a single, followed by a Deem single, with both coming around to score.
The Eagles scored four runs in the bottom of the fourth and seven in the bottom of the fifth to take a 12 -4 lead in the game. In the two innings, Eastern had six hits, seven walks, and two hit batters. Chris Amsbary, Max Carnahan, and Brannon each scored twice, with Hendrix, Pierce, Andrew Benedum, and Ethan Nottingham each scoring once.
Southern cut the lead to six, scoring two runs in the top of the sixth inning. Jenkins hit a lead off double, Buzzard hit a single, Manuel reached on an error, and Jesse Ritchie hit a single. Jenkins and Buzzard scored for Southern.
Eastern was lead at the plate by Brannon, Hendrix, and Pierce with two singles each. John Tenoglia and Amsbary each had one single.
For the Tornadoes, Jenkins had three hits, including a double. Buzzard hit a pair of singles, while Deem, Ritchie, and Salser each added one hit.
The Eagles travel to Trimble on Monday at 5 p.m. and begin sectional tournament play on Thursday as they host the winner of the South Gallia-Miller game.
Southern hosts Waterford on Thursday at 5 p.m. in a sectional final game.