TUPPERS PLAINS, Ohio — It took a little time to get warmed up.
The Eastern softball team led 3-0 after four innings of play, then erupted for seven runs in the bottom of the fifth to wrap up a 10-0 mercy-rule victory over visiting Belpre in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup at Don Jackson Field in Meigs County.
The Lady Eagles (13-1, 9-0 TVC Hocking) maintained their lead atop the league standings while also claiming a season sweep of the Lady Golden Eagles, who Eastern defeated by a 10-1 count back on April 2 at BHS.
It was another solid night for EHS senior Grace Edwards, who allowed just three hits and three walks over five innings in the complete-game victory. Edwards fanned seven and also drove in the eventual game-winning run with a two-run homer in the bottom of the first.
The Lady Eagles tacked on a run in the third for a 3-0 cushion, then sent 11 batters to the plate in the fifth — which resulted in seven runs on six hits, two errors and two walks. Jourdan Griffin singled in Sabra Bailey with the bases loaded and one out in the frame to wrap up the walk-off outcome.
The hosts outhit Belpre (3-11, 3-8) by a sizable 10-3 overall margin and committed just one of the five errors in the contest. Dye suffered the losing decision for BHS.
Edwards led the Lady Eagles with three hits, five RBIs and two runs scored, while Griffin and Hannah Hawley added two hits apiece to the winning cause. Erin Swatzel, Jess Coleman and Breanna Bailey also added a safety each for the hosts.
Griffin scored a team-best three runs and Coleman chipped in two RBIs. Dye, Pratt and Dennison each had a single for the guests.