RACINE, Ohio — So much for gracious hosts.
The Southern baseball team rallied back from an early 3-0 deficit and knocked visiting Wahama out of a tie for first place in the league standings Friday night following a 7-4 victory in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup at Star Mill Park in Meigs County.
The host Tornadoes (9-7, 7-4 TVC Hocking) committed two errors in the opening two frames, which allowed the White Falcons (13-7, 11-2) to storm out to a three-run cushion after two complete.
WHS, however, committed its lone error of the night in the bottom of the third, which aided Southern in four-run outburst en route to the hosts’ first lead of the night at 4-3 after three full frames.
SHS, however, committed its third and final error in the fourth — which helped Wahama get a run and knot things up at four midway through the contest.
Southern, however, claimed control of the game in the bottom of the fifth as the hosts produced three runs on four hits — giving SHS a permanent lead of 7-4 after five complete. Wahama managed only one hit and one baserunner over the final two frames as the Tornadoes wrapped up the three-run triumph.
Trenton Deem and Paul Ramthun started the fifth with back-to-back singles, then both runners were moved into scoring position following a sacrifice bunt by Brandon Moodispaugh. Colten Walters doubled in the eventual game-winning runs one batter later for a 6-4 edge.
Walters ultimately scored one batter later following a single by Tommy Ramthun, concluding the scoring at 7-4.
SHS outhit the guests by a 9-6 overall margin and left six runners on base, compared to nine stranded by the White Falcons. The Tornadoes also avenged a 14-6 loss at WHS back on April 11.
Walters went the distance for the winning decision after allowing four walks and striking out eight over seven innings on the mound. Hunter Bradley suffered the tough-luck loss after surrendering three walks and fanning six over six innings of work.
Hunter Johnson and Paul Ramthun paced the Tornadoes with two hits apiece, followed by Deem, Moodispaugh, Walters, Tom Ramthun and Blake Johnson also added a safety each to the winning cause. Paul Ramthun led the hosts with two RBIs and two runs scored.
Kane Roush paced Wahama with two hits, followed by Wyatt Zuspan, Wesley Harrison, Tyler Grimm and Brent Larck with a safety apiece. Mason Hicks led WHS with two runs scored.