BELPRE, Ohio — Score one for the road team.
The Southern baseball team never trailed Friday night and claimed a season sweep of host Belpre following a 7-4 victory in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup in Washington County.
The Tornadoes (11-9, 9-6 TVC Hocking) found themselves tied up at one after two innings of play, but the guests reeled off two runs apiece in the third and fourth frames to secure a permanent lead of 5-1 through four complete. Trenton Deem’s solo homer to start the third gave SHS an edge it would ultimately never relinquish.
The Golden Eagles (8-12, 7-7) countered by scoring three times in the fifth to close to within a run at 5-4, but the guests tacked on two insurance runs in the sixth to wrap up the three-run outcome. SHS also claimed a season sweep after posting a 3-1 win at Star Mill Park back on April 17.
The Tornadoes outhit the BHS by a sizable 18-7 overall margin and also committed the only error of the contest. Paul Ramthun was the winning pitcher of record after allowing three walks and striking out five over seven innings of work. Mike Simonette suffered the loss for Belpre.
Deem, Ramthun, Brandon Moodispaugh and Trey Pickens each had three hits for the victors, followed by Hunter Johnson with two safeties. Colten Walters, Tom Ramthun, Zac Beegle and Clayton Wood also added a hit apiece for SHS.
Deem drove in a team-best two RBIs, while Johnson, Walters, Deem, Moodispaugh, Beegle and Wood all scored once in the triumph.
Ryan Epperly paced Belpre with two hits, while five others added a safety apiece in the setback.