HEMLOCK, Ohio — Two for the price of one.
The Southern softball team needed only seven innings to claim a double-header sweep of Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division host Miller, on Thursday in Perry County. The Lady Tornadoes claimed an 18-1 victory in four innings in the opening game, and surged for a 16-1 three inning victory in the second game.
The Lady Tornadoes (13-7, 11-5 TVC Hocking) began the opening game with three runs in the first inning and six more in the second. Miller (1-18, 1-15) scored it’s lone run in the bottom of the second frame, as Hannah Dishon hit a solo home run.
Southern scored four runs in the third inning and five more in the fourth, capping off the 18-1 win.
Abby Cummins — who struck out five batters in four innings in the circle — earned the pitching victory for SHS, allowing one run on one hit and three free passes. Ryleigh Newman suffered the pitching loss for Miller.
The Purple and Gold were led offensively by Paige VanMeter — who was 3-for-3 with one double, four runs scored and two RBI — and Katie Barton, who was 3-for-4 with one double and three RBI. Brandy Porter was 2-for-2 with one double and three RBI, Hannah Hill singled once, scored three times and drove in one run, while Haley Hill marked one single and three runs scored.
Sabra Bailey singled once, scored once and drove in two runs for the victors, Haley Musser added one single and two runs scored, while Jaiden Roberts singled once and scored once. Sierra Cleland singled once in three at-bats for SHS, Josie Cundiff scored three times, while Lauren Lavender crossed home plate once.
Dishon’s second inning home run was the lone hit for MHS, in the loss.
Miller had three errors in the first game, while Southern committed two.
The Lady Tornadoes started the second game with seven first-inning runs and two more in the second. Miller scored its only run of the game in the bottom of the second, but Southern capped off the 16-1 win with seven runs in the top of the third.
Cummins earned the pitching victory for SHS, surrendering one run on two hits and one walk, while striking out two batters in a complete game effort. Mindy Smith suffered the pitching loss for the Lady Falcons.
Southern’s offense was led by Musser — who was 3-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI — and VanMeter, who was 3-for-3 with one double and one RBI. Porter went 2-for-3 with one double, two runs scored and two RBI, Cleland was 2-for-3 with one run scored and one RBI, while Cundiff was 1-for-1 with three runs scored.
Lavender singled once, scored twice and drove in one run for SHS, Barton added one single, one run scored and one RBI, while Roberts marked one hit and one RBI. Haley Hill crossed home plate three times for the Purple and Gold, while Hannah Hill scored two runs.
Dishon doubled once and scored once to lead MHS, while Elaina Hartberger singled once in the setback.
The Lady Falcons committed two errors in the loss, while Southern had one defensive mishap.
The Lady Tornadoes will begin tournament play on Thursday, when they visit Trimble in the sectional final. The Lady Tomcats swept SHS in two regular season meetings.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.