ALBANY, Ohio — A tough night on the road.
The Southern softball team produced just four hits and never led Monday night during an 8-2 setback to host Alexander in a non-conference matchup in Athens County.
The Lady Tornadoes (14-5) trailed 3-0 after three complete, but the guests rallied with a run in both the fourth and sixth frames to close to within 3-2 after five and a half innings. The Lady Spartans (16-5), however, sent 10 batters to the plate in their half of the sixth — which resulted in five runs and a commanding 8-2 advantage headed into the seventh.
Southern got a two-out walk in the seventh, but the guests ultimately never made a dent in the six-run deficit — allowing AHS to secure the decision. Alexander outhit SHS by a 9-4 overall margin.
Jordan Huddleston suffered the loss after allowing four walks over six innings while striking out three. Meeks got the win after walking one and fanning five over seven frames.
Ali Deem, Caitlyn Holter, Baylee Hupp and Haley Hill had a hit apiece for the Lady Tornadoes. Deem and Hannah Hill each scored a run, while Hupp added the team’s lone RBI.
Hudnall and Meeks paced Alexander with three hits apiece, followed by Milam, Johnson and Daniels with a safety each. Hudnall also scored twice in the victory.