RIO GRANDE, Ohio — A reversal of fortunes.
The Southern baseball team stormed out to a 3-1 lead through four innings of play, but visiting Oak Hill countered with 10 consecutive runs en route to claiming a 13-6 victory Tuesday night in a non-conference matchup at Bob Evans Field on the campus of the University of Rio Grande in Gallia County.
The host Tornadoes (2-2) led 1-0 after two innings and each team traded a run apiece in the third for a 2-1 contest, but the Purple and Gold tacked on another score in the fourth for a comfortable 3-1 cushion after four complete.
The Oaks (2-4), however, countered by sending 10 batters to the plate in the top of the fifth — which resulted in six runs on four hits, two walks and an error. SHS went scoreless in its half of the fifth, allowing Oak Hill to secure a permanent lead at 7-3.
OHHS tacked on four more runs in the top half of the sixth, thanks to two hits and two costly Southern errors. The Tornadoes added a run in the sixth and each teams scored two more runs in the seventh to wrap up the seven-run finale.
Oak Hill outhit the hosts by a 12-10 overall margin and both teams issued seven walks apiece in the contest. Southern and the Oaks also committed three errors apiece in the contest.
Nick Murphy was the winning pitcher of record after allowing a run, two hits and two walks over 1.2 innings of relief work, while Paul Ramthun took the loss after surrendering five runs, five hits and five walks over four-plus frames while striking out six. Oak Hill had 10 batters strikeout in the contest, compared to just four for SHS.
Trenton Deem led the Tornadoes with three hits, followed by Brandon Moodispaugh and Jack Lemley with two safeties apiece. Paul Ramthun, Trey Pickens and Blake Johnson also had a hit each in the setback. Deem and Johnson each scored twice for Southern.
Garrin Stiltner paced Oak Hill with four hits and three runs scored, while Matt Gilliland and Zach Walls added two safeties each. Walls, Gilliland and Kyle Cox also scored twice for the victors.