RACINE, Ohio — The Lady Tomcats jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the opening inning, but the rest of the evening belonged to the Lady Tornadoes.
The Southern softball team scored 10 unanswered runs and claimed a 10-4 victory over Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division guest Trimble, on Friday at Star Mill Park in Meigs County.
The Lady Tomcats (2-14, 1-11 TVC Hocking) began the game with three straight doubles, leading to two runs. With two outs in the first frame, Trimble added two more runs on the strength of three consecutive singles.
Southern (8-9, 8-6) got three runs back with two outs in the bottom of the first, as Lauren Lavender doubled home Josie Cundiff and Phoenix Cleland, and then scored on an error.
With two outs in the home half of the second, Southern took the lead, as Paige VanMeter singled home Haley Musser and Jaiden Roberts. In the very next at-bat, Lavender singled home VanMeter and Kayla Boyer, giving the hosts a 7-4 lead.
After three scoreless frames, the Purple and Gold got back to business in the sixth, first when Cundiff scored on a Sydney Cleland sacrifice. Then, with two outs in the frame, Lauren Lavender launched a two-run home run to cap off the 10-4 triumph.
Sydney Cleland earned the pitching victory in a complete game for the Lady Tornadoes, striking five and allowing four earned runs, on nine hits and a walk.
Lunsford struck out two in six innings of work and suffered the loss in the circle for THS, allowing 10 runs, six earned, on 11 hits and three walks.
Lavender led the Lady Tornadoes at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a home run, a double, two runs scored and six runs batted in. VanMeter and Haley Musser both singled twice and scored once in the win, with VanMeter picking up two RBIs.
Cundiff singled once and scored twice for the victors, Roberts added a single and a run scored, while Katie Barton and Sierra Cleland both singled once. Phoenix Cleland scored twice as a courtesy runner, Boyer scored once, while Sydney Cleland drove in one run.
The Lady Tomcats were led by Spears and Williams, both of whom doubled once and singled once.
THS had three errors in the setback, while Southern committed just one. The Lady Tornadoes left five runners on base in the win, just one more than Trimble.
SHS also defeated the Lady Tomcats on April 10, by a 6-3 final, in Glouster.
The Lady Tornadoes will be back in action on Monday, when they visit Waterford.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.