BELPRE, Ohio — That trip was well worth it.
The Southern baseball team earned its first road win of the season, on Monday night in Washington County, as the Tornadoes claimed a 5-1 decision over Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division host Belpre.
After a scoreless first inning, Southern (2-1, 2-0 TVC Hocking) got on the board in the top of the second, when Haden Miller singled home Billy Harmon and Garrett Wolfe.
SHS extended its lead to 4-1 in the top of the third, when as Harmon singled home Trey Pickens and Wolfe drove in Blake Johnson.
Belpre (2-4, 1-3) got one run back in the third inning when Jeremiah Stitt scored on a single by Collins. The Golden Eagles loaded the bases in the following inning, and the final nine Belpre batters were retired in order.
Southern scored the game’s final run in the top of the seventh, as Pickens crossed the plate to put the final touches on the Tornadoes’ 5-1 win.
Pickens tossed a complete game and earned the pitching victory for the Tornadoes, allowing one earned run, on six hits and one hit batter. The SHS senior struck out seven and walked zero in the win.
Bailey Sprague suffered the setback on the mound for Belpre, allowing two earned runs, on two hits and four walks.
Pickens helped his own cause, going 1-for-3 with a double and two runs scored for the SHS offense. Miller was 1-for-1 with two runs batted in, while Harmon and Wolfe both singled once, scored once and drove in a run. Jensen Anderson singled once for the Purple and Gold, while Johnson scored once.
Isaac Tullius doubled once for the Golden Eagles, while Josh Davis, Collins, Sprague, Klingler and Stitt each singled once. Belpre committed the game’s only three errors.
These teams will clash again on April 20, in Racine.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.