RACINE, Ohio — The Southern softball team made quick work of visiting Waterford Thursday night following a 14-0 victory in five innings during a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup at Star Mill Park.
The Lady Tornadoes (13-4, 12-1 TVC Hocking) simply dominated the contest throughout, as the hosts sent 11 batters to the plate in the opening inning en route to an early 5-0 cushion. SHS added three runs in the second, two more in the third and four in the fourth for a 14-run lead.
The Lady Wildcats (6-9, 4-6) went down in order in the fifth and only had one baserunner in the contest — which came with the second batter of the game. Southern outhit WHS by a sizable 19-1 overall margin, with Waterford’s lone safety coming on a double from Neslein in the first.
Jordan Huddleston was the winning pitcher of record after allowing zero walks and one hit over five innings while striking out nine. Arnold suffered the setback for the Lady Cats, who will host the league rematch on May 19.
Huddleston led SHS with four hits and five RBIs, followed by Baylee Hupp with and Darien Diddle with three safeties apiece. Ali Deem, Caitlyn Holter, Cierra Turley and Haley Hill chipped in two hits apiece, while Grace Wolfe wrapped things up with a safety.
Hupp, Diddle and Turley each drove in two RBIs, while Hupp led the way with three runs scored. Huddleston, Holter and Chais Michael also scored two runs apiece for the victors.