RACINE, Ohio — Star Mill Park could have been renamed Wood Mill Park on Wednesday night.
After all, Southern starter Clayton Wood played a starring role in the final outcome.
The senior right-hander allowed no runs, no hits and struck out seven over five masterful innings of work Wednesday in a convincing 24-0 victory over visiting South Gallia in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup at Star Mill Park in Meigs County.
The host Tornadoes (1-1, 1-0 TVC Hocking) scored at least one run in each of their four innings at the plate, despite producing only eight hits in the contest. The Purple and Gold also benefited from 14 walks, eight SGHS errors and one hit batsman in the mercy-rule outcome.
The Rebels (0-3, 0-1), conversely, mustered five total baserunners in the setback, which included three by walks and two more due to SHS errors.
Dylan Smith’s RBI single in the first brought home Logan Drummer with the eventual game-winning run, which gave Southern a 1-0 edge after one complete.
The Tornadoes followed by scoring five runs in the second, then erupted for 13 scores on just six hits in the third while extending the lead out to 19-0. The hosts tacked on five more runs without a hit in the fourth to complete the 24-run triumph.
Cory Bryan suffered the loss for SGHS after allowing 10 runs, six hits and seven walks over 2.1 innings while striking out two. Brandon Rutt and Lucas Chung combined to finish things on the mound for the guests.
Smith led Southern with three hits and four RBIs, followed by Drummer and Wood with two safeties apiece. Garrett Wolfe also had a hit for the victors.
Drummer knocked in three RBIs and scored a team-high five runs, while Wood, Wolfe, Trey Pickens and Blake Johnson each drove in two runs apiece. Wood and Logan Dunn also scored three runs each for the Purple and Gold.
Southern returns to action Thursday when it hosts Miller in a TVC Hocking contest at 5 p.m. The Rebels welcome Waterford for TVC Hocking doubleheader on Saturday, starting at noon.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.