By Bryan Walters -

GLOUSTER, Ohio — If it wasn’t for bad luck, the Lady Tornadoes would have no luck at all.

The Southern softball team rallied back from an early four-run deficit, but host Trimble scored twice in the fifth and eventually held on for an 8-7 decision Thursday night during a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup in Athens County.

The visiting Lady Tornadoes (0-3, 0-2 TVC Hocking) led 2-1 midway through the second inning, but a Nikki Kish three-run homer capped the Lady Tomcats’ five-run outburst in the bottom of the second — giving THS (3-0, 3-0) a 6-2 cushion through two complete.

SHS plated a run in the third and added three more scores in the fourth to knot things up at six, but the guests left runners stranded at second and third in the fifth and went down in order during the sixth.

Trimble, on the other hand, mustered two runs on three hits in its half of the fifth — giving the hosts an 8-6 edge headed into the finale.

Paige VanMeter doubled to start the seventh, then scored on a pair of ground outs that allowed SHS to close to within a run at 8-7. Kish, who went the distance for Trimble, followed with a strikeout that ended the narrow one-run outcome.

The Lady Tomcats outhit Southern by a 9-6 overall margin, but the hosts also committed five of the seven errors in the contest.

Kish was the winning pitcher of record after allowing seven runs, six hits and two walks over seven innings while striking out three. Sydney Cleland suffered the loss after surrendering eight runs, nine hits and two walks over six frames while fanning four.

VanMeter, Ali Deem, Hannah Hill, Savannah Bailey, Sierra Cleland and Sydney Cleland each had a hit for the Purple and Gold. Deem drove in a team-high two RBIs, while Hill and VanMeter also plated a run apiece.

Deem, Hill, VanMeter, Sabra Bailey, Brandy Porter, Savannah Bailey, Sierra Cleland and Haley Hill also scored a run apiece in the setback.

Kaitlyn Spears led Trimble with three hits, followed by Hannah Warren with two safeties. Williams and Ward each scored twice in the triumph.

Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.

By Bryan Walters