Southern sweeps Lady Buckeyes

By Bryan Walters -

NELSONVILLE, Ohio — One kept winning. The other did not.

The Southern softball team picked up its third straight victory following a doubleheader sweep of host Nelsonville-York on Saturday by counts of 12-0 and 18-8 in a pair of non-conference contests in Athens County.

The Lady Tornadoes (7-6) produced 30 runs and 22 hits while committing only two errors over the course of 10 innings, which resulted in a pair of five-inning mercy-rule triumphs for the guests. The Lady Buckeyes (0-10), conversely, mustered only 11 hits and committed six errors in the setbacks.

SHS outhit the hosts by a 7-3 overall margin and committed no errors in the opener, as well as scoring at least once in each of its five innings at the plate.

Southern claimed an early 1-0 edge after Ali Deem singled home Haley Hill, then Deem scored on a Paige VanMeter groundout for a 2-0 lead after one inning of play.

The guests added a run in the second and four more in the third for a 7-0 cushion, then tacked on two more scores in the fourth before plating three runs in the fifth for the 12-run triumph.

Sydney Cleland was the winning pitcher of record after allowing three hits and striking out three over five innings of work. Frazier took the loss for NYHS, which committed two errors in the opener.

The Lady Tornadoes stranded six on base in Game 1, while the hosts left three on the bags.

Deem, VanMeter and Haley Hill each had two hits, followed by Cleland with a safety. Deem and Haley Hill scored three runs apiece, while VanMeter knocked in a game-high four RBIs.

Southern also led wire-to-wire in the finale, as the guests established a 5-0 edge before the Lady Buckeyes plated a run in the bottom half of the third for a 5-1 contest through three complete.

SHS followed by sending 10 batters to the plate in the fourth, which led to six runs on five hits and two walks — giving the guests an 11-1 edge. Nelsonville-York countered by scoring twice in the home half of the fourth for an eight-run deficit.

Southern answered by sending a dozen hitters to the plate in the fifth, which yielded seven runs on five hits, two walks and two errors for an 18-3 lead.

The hosts sent nine batters to the plate in the fifth and scored five runs with one out, but the Purple and Gold came up with consecutive outs to wrap up the 10-run decision.

Southern outhit the hosts by a 15-8 overall margin and committed only two of the six errors in the contest. The Lady Tornadoes left six runners on base, while the Orange and Brown stranded five on the bags.

Abby Cummins was the winning pitcher of record after allowing eight runs, eight hits and three walks over five innings while striking out three. Kelley took the loss for NYHS after surrendering 18 runs, 15 hits and five walks over five innings while fanning seven.

Deem had a game-high five hits and four runs scored for Southern, followed by VanMeter and Haley Hill with three safeties apiece. Hannah Hill was next with two hits, while Sierra Cleland and Josie Cundiff each added a hit to the winning cause.

Both Hills scored three runs apiece, while VanMeter, Cummins and Brandy Porter also scored two times each.

Kelley and Frazier paced NYHS with two hits apiece, followed by Dupler, Campbell, Tami and Hembree with a safety each. Campbell and Tami also scored twice apiece in the setback.

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

By Bryan Walters