RACINE, Ohio — A catch 22? The Lady Falcons couldn’t.
The Southern softball team scored 22 runs in the bottom of the first and led wire-to-wire Wednesday night following a convincing 36-1 victory over visiting Miller in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup at Star Mill Park in Meigs County.
The Lady Tornadoes (3-1, 3-0 TVC Hocking) sent 26 batters to the plate in the opening frame, which led to 22 runs on 13 hits, eight walks and two errors. Baylee Hupp started the big rally with a grand slam home run four batters into the frame, which gave SHS an early 4-0 edge.
Southern went on to add four runs in the second and eight more scores in the third for a decisive 34-0 advantage through three complete.
The Lady Falcons (0-3, 0-3) mustered their lone run in the fourth after a hit and two consecutive SHS errors allowed D. Dutiel to score, making it a 34-1 contest. The Lady Tornadoes answered with two runs in the home half of the fourth — which included a solo homer by Cierra Turley — to wrap up the 35-run mercy-rule decision.
Southern outhit MHS by a sizable 24-1 overall margin and had nine different players produce at least one safety in the triumph. Jordan Huddleston was the winning pitcher of record after allowing just two walks over three innings of work while striking out two.
Hupp — who hit for the cycle — led the hosts with four hits and eight RBIs, while Ali Deem, Darien Diddle and Autumn Porter each chipped in three safeties to the winning cause. Hupp also scored a team-high six runs and Deem also scored five times for the hosts.
Turley, Caitlyn Holter and Hannah Hill each had two hits, while Chais Michael also had a safety for the Purple and Gold.
D. Dutiel had the lone hit for Miller, which has been outscored 71-5 in its three contests this spring.