Lady Tornadoes top River Valley, 12-5

Alex Hawley

April 23, 2014

RACINE, Ohio — A late rally pushes the Lady Tornadoes to a 12-5 victory.

The Southern softball scored five runs in the sixth inning to seal the non-conference victory over visiting River Valley, Tuesday night at Star Mill Park.

The Lady Raiders (4-7) got on the board first when Chelsea Copley singles, stole second base and scored on a Katie Mares single. Southern (9-4) pulled even with RVHS in the bottom of the second when Jordan Huddleston doubled and scored on Cierra Turley’s double.

RVHS regained the lead in the top of the third when Ashley Gilmore doubled, stole third base and scored on Copley’s sacrifice fly. The Purple and Gold answered again in the bottom of the third with a RBI single by Hannah Hill, that scored Haley Hill.

Southern took its first lead of the game in the bottom of the fourth with three runs on three hits and a walk. River Valley cut the deficit to one in the top of the fifth with two run, highlighted by solo homerun by Libby Leach. The Lady Tornadoes marked a two runs in the bottom of the fifth to extend the lead back to three runs.

The hosts broke the game open with a five-run sixth inning, putting the SHS advantage at 12-4. Copley scored in the top of the seventh for RVHS but the Lady Tornadoes held on for the 12-5 victory.

Jordan Huddleston was the winning pitcher of record after allowing just five runs on nine hits and one walk, while striking out seven in seven innings.

Bethany Gilbert allowed 12 runs on 13 hits in six innings, while striking out two and walking four.

Huddleston led the Purple and Gold with three hits, followed by Darien Diddle, Cierra Turley, Hannah Hill, and Haley Hill with two hits each. Caitlyn Holter and Baylee Hupp each marked one hit in the win. Hannah Hill, Haley Hill, Diddle and Huddleston each scored twice, while Holter, Hupp, Autumn Porter and Ali Deem each scored one run.

Turley had a game-high three runs batted in, Hannah Hill and Diddle each added two, while Deem, Holter, Hupp and Haley Hill each had one RBI. Haley Hill had two stolen bases for SHS.

Chelsea Copley, Ashley Gilmore and Katie Mares each two hits, while Libby Leach Bethany Gilbert and Amanda Eddy each had one hit. Copley and Gilmore both scored twice, while Leach scroed once. Copley, Leach, Gilbert and Mares each had one RBI. Copley added a stolen base in the setback.