MERCERVILLE, Ohio — If they don’t score, you can’t lose.
The Southern baseball team shutout Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division host South Gallia Wednesday night, en rout to an 11 run triumph.
The Tornadoes (1-1, 1-1 TVC Hocking) got on the board in the top of the first when Hunter Johnson singled, stole second base, advance to third on a Trenton Deem groundout and came home on Paul Ramthun sacrifice fly.
Southern broke the game open in the second inning with five runs, highlighted by a two-run single by Deem. The Purple and Gold posted four more runs in the third frame and led 10-0. SHS added an insurance run in the fifth when Jason Warner scored on the Jack Lemley single.
South Gallia (0-2, 0-2) junior Christian Spaun gave the Rebels their first hit of the evening in the bottom of the fifth inning but SGHS failed to scored and Southern took the 11-0 mercy rule victory.
Jack Lemley earned the victory for SHS giving up just two hits in five innings, while striking out six, walking one and hitting one. Gus Slone was the losing pitcher of record after giving up 11 runs on 15 hits and four walks.
The Tornado offense was led by Lemley with three hits, followed by Hunter Johnson and Paul Ramthun with two each. Deem, Warnner, Tom Ramthun, Brandon Moodispaugh, Kevin Perry, Blake Johnson, Zac Beegle and Clayton Boso each had one hit. Paul Ramthun, Deem and Beegle each had two runs batted in, while Hunter Johnson had one.
Hunter Johnson crossed the plate three times to lead SHS, while Beegle and Tom Ramthun each had two runs scored. Deem and Warner each scored once in the win. Hunter Johnson had two stolen bases, while Beegle and Blake Johnson had one steal apiece.
Spaun and Kane Hutchinson had the lone SGHS hits.
The Tornadoes finished with 11 runs, 15 hit, two errors and 10 runners left on base, while South Gallia had two hits, one error and four left on base.
These teams will meet again on April 23 in Racine.