TUPPERS PLAINS, Ohio — Rather than exactly soar, the Eastern High School softball squad walked its way past the visiting Miller Falcons on Thursday.
Taking advantage of several issued walks, mixed in of course with some hits, the Lady Eagles amassed an 18-3 Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division victory.
The league-leading Lady Eagles are now 9-1 — and remained perfect in the TVC-Hocking at 8-0.
Eastern is the defending division champion, and Thursday’s triumph marked its 25th consecutive conference win.
The winless Falcons fell to 0-8 — and 0-7 in the league.
The contest was called following the fifth inning with the 10-run mercy rule.
The Eagles amounted four runs to take the lead following the first inning, then exploded for 13 runs while batting around twice in the second.
In the third, Eastern scored its 18th and final run when Hannah Sharp reached on an error, stole second, and eventually scored on a single by Grueser.
Miller actually opened the game with all three of its runs, as Josie Perani reached on an error, Lacey Alexander singled and Hannah Osborn belted a three-run home run.
However, after that, Eastern pitcher Elaina Hensley settled down — and kept the Falcons off the scoreboard for the remainder of the game.
In fact, the only other hit Hensley allowed was a Perani single to lead off the fifth.
After facing eight Falcons in the opening stanza, Hensley retired them 1-2-3 in the second and fourth — and saw four Falcons apiece in the third and fifth frames.
She struck out two.
Hensley did issue two walks —both to Chelsea Spergin in the first and third.
For Eastern at the plate, the first four batters reached base via a walk, with Taylynn Rockhold recording an RBI-single on the fifth at-bat.
In the 13-run outburst in the second, the Eagles collected six walks and seven hits — while Miller made an error that led to the final run.
The only extra-base hit in the inning was an RBI-double by Rockhold.
The Eagles return home, and return to TVC-Hocking action, on Monday against South Gallia.
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106