Lady Tornadoes sweep South Gallia, 12-0

By Bryan Walters -

MERCERVILLE, Ohio — It wasn’t perfect, but it was about as close as you can get.

Sophomore Sydney Cleland allowed no hits and only two baserunners over five innings in the circle as visiting Southern claimed a 12-0 mercy-rule victory over the South Gallia softball team in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup at Crown Field in Gallia County.

The Lady Tornadoes (11-7, 9-5 TVC Hocking) wrapped up a game previously started on April 22, which was 10-0 through three innings before ultimately being postponed by inclement weather. SHS completed the final two frames Monday night, allowing the Purple and Gold to secure its fourth consecutive triumph.

The Lady Tornadoes sent a dozen batters to the plate in the top of the first, which resulted in eight runs on eight hits and an error. In fact, the guests scored five runs before the first out of the game before taking an 8-0 cushion after one complete.

Southern left runners stranded at the corners in the top of the second, but SHS plated a pair of runs in the third while claiming a double-digit advantage just before the rain delay.

On Monday night, Haley Hill doubled home both Sabra Bailey and Sierra Cleland in the fourth as the Lady Tornadoes increased their lead to 12-0. The guests also left runners on the corners in the top of the fifth before wrapping up the 12-run triumph.

The host Lady Rebels (2-14, 1-13) sent 16 total batters to the plate, a mere one over the minimum in a five-inning game. Olivia Hornsby received a leadoff walk and was thrown out stealing in the first, then reached on an error in the top of the fourth.

SGHS dropped its fifth straight decision and also suffered a 32-0 setback in the first matchup against Southern at Star Mill Park back on April 4.

The Lady Tornadoes had 14 hits in the victory and committed only one of the five errors in the contest. SHS left seven runners on base, while South Gallia stranded only one on the bags.

Cleland gave up the one walk and fanned seven over five innings of work for the win. Keirsten Howell suffered the setback after surrendering a dozen runs, 14 hits and two walks over five frames while striking out one.

Haley Hill and Ali Deem led the guests with three hits apiece, followed by Hannah Hill and Savannah Bailey with two safeties each. Paige VanMeter, Sabra Bailey and both Clelands also had a hit apiece for the victors.

Haley Hill drove in a team-best three RBIs and Deem knocked in two runs, with VanMeter and both Baileys also driving in a run. Deem, Haley Hill, Savannah Bailey and Sierra Cleland also scored two runs apiece for SHS.

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

By Bryan Walters