TUPPERS PLAINS, Ohio — For the third straight year the Eastern softball team has clinched a share of the Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division crown.
The Lady Eagles defeated guest Waterford by a 11-1 count Wednesday evening in their final regular season game of the year. Eastern sets a 15-1 in the TVC Hocking and the only team that can match the Lady Eagles is Southern, who will face Waterford in Racine on Monday.
The Lady Eagles (21-2, 15-1 TVC Hocking) broke through first when Grace Edwards hammered a two-run homerun in the bottom of the first inning. Edwards drove in Jess Coleman and Paige Cline in the bottom of the fourth to expand the EHS lead to 4-0.
Eastern opened the game up with three runs in the bottom of the fifth but Waterford broke through with a run in the top of the seventh. Breanna Bailey led off the bottom of the sixth with a homerun, while Sabra Bailey drove in Hannah Hawley and Coleman to push the EHS lead to 10-1. Cline singled home Sabra Bailey in the sixth to give the Green and Gold the 11-1 win.
Grace Edwards earned the win in the circle for Eastern, allowing one run on two hits and two walks in six innings, while striking out 15. Lauren Hill suffered the loss for Waterford after surrendering 11 runs on 15 hits.
The Lady Eagles offense was led by Coleman with three hits, followed by Edwards, Erin Swatzel and Katlyn Barber with two hits each. Cline, Sabra Bailey, Hannah Hawley, Amber Moodispaugh, Breanna Bailey and Jourdan Griffin each added one hit in the win.
Coleman and Hawley both scored twice, while Cline, Griffin, Edwards, Barber, Breanna Bailey, Hannah Bailey and Sabra Bailey each scored once. Edwards had a game-high four runs batted in, Sabra Bailey added two, while Cline, Moodispaugh, Hawley and Breanna Bailey each had one.
Eastern also defeated Waterford on April 9, by a count of 1-0.