RACINE, Ohio — A pitching gem with some offense to help.
The Southern baseball team got a complete game shutout from senior pitcher Hunter Johnson, while the Tornado offense crossed the eight times to defeat non-conference guest River Valley, Tuesday night at Star Mill Park.
The Tornadoes (7-6) took advantage of five walks in the first inning and scored three runs to grab the early advantage. The Purple and Gold added two more runs in the second inning when Hunter Johnson tripled home Blake Johnson and later scored. Colten Walters singled home Brandon Moodispaugh in the third frame, pushing the Tornado lead to 6-0.
Trey Farley’s two-out, fourth inning single gave River Valley its first hit of the game but Southern got out of the inning unscathed. Paul Ramthun drove in Zac Beegle and Trenton Deem in the bottom of the fourth to give Southern the 8-0 lead. The Raiders advanced just two runners into scoring position over the remainder of the game and SHS took the 8-0 victory.
Hunter Johnson threw a complete game shutout and allowed just four hits and two walks, while striking out 12. River Valley starter Austin Barber suffered the setback after allowing three runs on one hit and five walks in .2 innings of work. Tim Kemper threw 2.1 innings and surrendered five runs on five hits and two walks. Jordan Gilliland threw three innings and allowed one hit. Gilliland struck out four, Kemper fanned three and Barber struck out one.
Southern’s offense was led by Hunter Johnson with a triple and Kevin Perry with a double. Zac Beegle, Trenton Deem, Paul Ramthun, Brandon Moodispaugh and Colten Walters each marked a single in the win. Paul Ramthun drove in three runs, Walters brought home two, while Hunter Johnson and Tom Ramthun each had one RBI.
Hunter Johnson and Deem scored twice to pace the Purple and Gold, while Beegle, Moodispaugh, Paul Ramthun and Blake Johnson each scored once. Beegle paced the Tornadoes on the basepaths with two steals, while Hunter Johnson, Deem, Paul Ramthun, Moodispaugh and Blake Johnson each had one stolen base.
Tyler Cline, Kevin Cline, Trey Farley and Jordan Gilliland each had a single in the setback, while Austin Barber added two stolen bases. Tyler Cline and Farley each stole one base in the game.