RACINE, Ohio — The streak is over.
The Southern baseball team had its seven-year run at regionals come to an emphatic halt Tuesday night following an 11-1 setback to visiting Waterford in a Division IV sectional championship contest at Star Mill Park in Meigs County.
The third-seeded Tornadoes (11-11) never led in the contest as the sixth-seeded Wildcats jumped out to a 2-0 lead after one inning and never looked back. WHS (12-10) led 10-0 midway through the sixth before the hosts produced their only run to avoid a mercy-rule decision.
SHS — which last failed to win a sectional title in 2006 — got an RBI single from Zac Beegle in the bottom of the sixth, which allowed the Purple and Gold to enter the seventh trailing 10-1. Brandon Moodispaugh scored from second on what proved to be Southern’s only offensive of the night.
Waterford — which last defeated SHS in tournament play during the 2003 sectionals — added an insurance run in the seventh and ultimately wrapped up the 10-run triumph with a 1-2-3 outing in the bottom half of the frame. WHS will face 10th-seeded Manchester in the district semis on Sunday at Paint Stadium.
Waterford increased its lead with a three-run outburst in the fourth for a 5-0 edge, then sent 11 batters to the plate in the top of the sixth — which resulted in five runs on five hits and two walks for a sizable 10-0 advantage.
Colten Walters suffered the setback for the Tornadoes after surrendering two earned runs, four walks and a hit over two frames while striking out two. Dylan Farley was the winning pitcher of record after allowing just one earned run and three walks over seven innings while fanning three.
The Wildcats — who also snapped a six-game losing skid against Southern — outhit the hosts by a 12-6 overall margin and committed just one error in the contest, compared to three errors by SHS.
Beegle and Tom Ramthun led Southern with two hits apiece, followed by Moodispaugh and Hunter Johnson with a safety apiece. The Tornadoes have won 23 of their last 26 baseball contests against Waterford.
Clay Hayes paced the Wildcats with four hits, followed by Mitch Ginther with two safeties. Brent Ginther and Cody Paxton each scored three times in the triumph.
Southern and Wahama still have a game to makeup in league play, which will happen at Waterford on Monday, May 19.