RACINE, Ohio — An excellent start leads SHS past the visiting Marauders.
The Southern baseball team outscored Meigs 6-0 over the first four innings of the Tornadoes’ 9-4 non-conference victory, Wednesday night at Star Mill Park.
The Tornadoes (4-4) marked two runs in the first inning and three in the third to jump out to the early advantage. Southern added another run in the fourth and Meigs (6-2) broke through for the first time in the top of the fifth. The Purple and Gold marked another run in the fifth, while the Marauders cut the deficit to 6-4 in the top of the sixth. Southern scored two in the sixth and one in the seventh to seal the 9-4 win.
Paul Ramthun earned the pitching victory after allowing just four runs on nine hits and five walks, while striking out six in seven innings.
The loss in the record books goes to Ty Phelps, who threw 3.1 innings and allowed six runs, two earned, on three hits and six walks. Kaileb Sheets threw the final 2.2 innings and surrendered three runs, one earned, on three hits and two walks. Phelps struck out eight, while Sheets struck out one.
The Southern offense was led by Paul Ramthun and Brandon Moodispaugh with two hits each, while Hunter Johnson and Trenton Deem each added one. Hunter Johnson and Paul Ramthun each scored twice, while Zac Beegle, Deem, Tom Ramthun and Colten Walters each scored once. Hunter Johnson and Deem each had a stolen base in the win.
Phelps and Cody Bartrum each had two hits to pace the Maroon and Gold, followed by Bradley Helton, Luke Musser, Damon Jones, Chase Whitlatch and Michael Davis with one hit each. Helton drove in a team-high two runs, while Bartrum and Phelps had an RBI each. Bartrum, Davis, Ray Johnson and Taylor Rowe each had a run scored, while Phelps had the lone stolen base.