RACINE, Ohio — The Tornado offense wasn’t at its best, but in the end, it didn’t need to be.
The Southern baseball team claimed a 6-0 Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division victory over visiting Federal Hocking, on Wednesday night at Star Mill Park, thanks in large part to a complete game, three-hit, shut out thrown by SHS senior Trey Pickens, who struck out 13 batters and walked none.
The Tornadoes (13-5, 12-4 TVC Hocking) took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning, as Billy Harmon reached on an error and later scored. Southern added two more runs in the fourth inning, as Jensen Anderson drove in Harmon and then scored.
The Tornadoes doubled their run total in the bottom of the sixth inning, as Dylan Smith singled home Haden Miller and Garrett Wolfe, and then Pickens drove in Smith.
Pickens’ pitching gem earned him the win, while Tate suffered the loss for Federal Hocking (1-19, 1-14). Tate pitched the first four innings, striking out two and allowing three runs, on four hits, three walks and one hit batter.
Pickens and Miller led the Tornado offense with two hits apiece, with Pickens driving in one run and Miller scoring once. Smith singled once, scored once and drove in one run for the victors, Wolfe singled once and scored once, while Logan Drummer and Blake Johnson both added a single.
Harmon crossed home plate twice in the win, while Anderson contributed a run scored and an RBI.
Dearth, Reed and Wilfong each singled once for the Lancers.
Federal Hocking committed three errors, two more SHS. The Purple and Gold left six runners on base, while FHHS stranded three.
Southern also defeated Federal Hocking on April 4, by a 13-3 count in Stewart.
The Tornadoes’ final TVC Hocking record of 12-4 ties Southern with Eastern for second place in the nine-team league.
The Purple and Gold return to the diamond on Friday, when they host Nelsonville-York.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.