WATERFORD, Ohio — Two big innings led to one bad outcome.
Host Waterford scored five runs in the first and added another four scores in the sixth while cruising to a 10-3 victory over the Southern softball team on Tuesday night in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division contest in Washington County.
The visiting Lady Tornadoes (8-10, 8-7 TVC Hocking) drew first blood after plating a run in the first as Jaiden Roberts scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Sydney Cleland — giving the Purple and Gold an early 1-0 advantage.
The Lady Cats (14-7, 10-5), however, responded by sending nine batters to the plate in the home half of the first, which led to five runs on eight hits as the hosts built a 5-1 cushion after one full frame.
The Green and White added another run in the fourth as Neader came home on a Young double for a 6-1 cushion through four complete.
Southern retaliated with a pair of runs in the sixth to cut the deficit in half as Lauren Lavender singled home Josie Cundiff, then Paige VanMeter scored on an overthrow that allowed SHS to close to within 6-3 midway through the sixth.
The Lady Tornadoes, however, were never closer as WHS erupted for four runs on three hits and two errors in its half of the sixth — wrapping up the seven-run outcome.
Waterford also claimed a season sweep of SHS after posting a 10-7 victory at Star Mill Park back on April 18.
The Lady Cats outhit the guests by a sizable 17-7 overall margin and also played an error-free contest, while Southern committed three errors in the setback. The hosts stranded seven runners on base, while SHS left six on the bags.
Smitley was the winning pitcher of record after allowing three earned runs, seven hits and two walks over seven innings while striking out one. Cleland took the loss after surrendering seven earned runs and 17 hits over six frames while fanning three.
Roberts, Cundiff and Lavender led the Lady Tornadoes with two hits apiece, followed by VanMeter with one safety. Cleland, Lavender and Shelbi Dailey each drove in a run in the setback.
Young and Ohse paced WHS with three hits apiece, followed by Neader, Taylor, Smitley and Dawson with two safeties each. Armstrong, Offenberger and Rodabaugh also had a hit apiece for the victors.
Smitley led the Green and White with four RBIs and Young also knocked in a pair of runs. Neader, Young, Ohse and Offenberger each scored two runs as well.
Southern returns to action Wednesday when it hosts Federal Hocking in the TVC Hocking finale at Star Mill Park at 5 p.m.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.