WATERFORD, Ohio — The night belonged to Grace Edwards.
The Eastern senior allowed just two hits over eight innings in the circle and also scored the eventual game-winning run in the eighth inning Wednesday night en route to a hard-fought 1-0 victory over host Waterford in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup in Washington County.
The visiting Lady Eagles (6-0, 3-0 TVC Hocking) remained unbeaten thanks in large part to Edwards, who allowed zero walks and struck out 11 during the extra-inning affair. The Lady Wildcats (1-1, 1-1) — who committed all four errors in the game — finished the night with just two baserunners, and only half managed to make it as far as second base.
EHS — which squandered several scoring opportunities through seven innings of play — received a little help in the top of the eighth, as Edwards led the inning off by reaching on an error. Edwards stole second and advanced to third on a passed ball, then came home on another WHS error — giving Eastern a 1-0 edge.
Waterford went down in order in its half of the eighth, allowing the Lady Eagles to sneak away with the one-run triumph.
Eastern outhit the hosts by a 5-2 overall margin and also received the only two walks issued in the contest. Hill took the loss for WHS after surrendering two walks and five hits over eight innings while fanning three.
Amber Moodispaugh led Eastern with two hits, followed by Erin Swatzel, Jess Coleman and Katlyn Barber with a safety apiece. Heiss and Straight had a hit each for the hosts in the setback.