TUPPERS PLAINS, Ohio — Well, that was convincing.
The Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division leading Eastern softball team took an 18-0 victory in five innings over visiting South Gallia, on Monday night.
The Lady Eagles (9-0, 6-0 TVC Hocking) got things going in the second frame with seven runs on four hits, a walk and three South Gallia (1-4, 0-4) errors.
Eastern added seven more runs in the bottom of the third inning and the Green and Gold led 14-0. The Lady Rebels first hit of the game came in the top of the fourth inning, but the EHS defense turned a double play to get out of the inning. The Lady Eagles scored four more runs in the bottom of the fifth to seal the 18-0 triumph.
Grace Edwards was the winning pitcher, working four innings and allowed just one hit, while striking out seven and facing the minimum. Jess Coleman pitched the final inning and struck out two of the three batters she faced.
Alicia Hornsby was the losing pitcher of record after throwing two innings and allowing seven runs on five hits and a walk. Courtney Haner pitched the final two frames and allowed 11 runs on six hits and four walks.
The EHS offense was led by Hannah Bailey and Grace Edwards with two hits each, followed Paige Cline, Jourdan Griffin, Erin Swatzel, Maddison Woodyard, Jess Coleman, Jordan Parker and Sabra Bailey with one hit each. Cline, Edwards, Swatzel, Woodyard and Hannah Bailey each had two runs batted in, while Coleman, Parker, Sabra Bailey and Shaye Selbee each had one RBI.
Cline and Hannah Bailey both scored three times, while Griffin, Edwards and Woodyard each scored twice. Swatzel, Coleman, Parker, Breanna Bailey, Hannah Hawley and Kallyn Barber each crossed the plate once in the victory.
Lesley Small was the lone SGHS baserunner in the game as she singled in the fourth inning.
Eastern and South Gallia will meet in the rematch on May 5, in Mercerville.