TUPPERS PLAINS, Ohio — Making the most of opportunities.
The Eastern softball team received 15 walks, produced only nine hits and also had three batters get hit by a pitch Tuesday night during a 20-0 mercy-rule victory over visiting Miller in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup at Don Jackson Field in Meigs County.
The Lady Eagles (2-0, 2-0 TVC Hocking) scored at least three runs and sent eight batters to the plate in each of their four offensive innings, but the hosts had only one frame in which they managed more than two hits in the entire contest.
In fact, with a 13-0 lead after the third inning, the Green and White would go on to score the final seven runs of the game without producing a single safety.
Cera Grueser gave EHS a permanent lead with a bases-loaded double that cleared the bags in the bottom of the first, allowing the hosts to take a 3-0 edge after one full frame.
Ally Barber doubled in Hannah Bailey for a 4-0 cushion to start the second, then Katlyn Barber smashed a grand slam to centerfield for an eight-run cushion. Courtney Fitzgerald hit into a ground out that allowed Taylynn Rockhold to score for a commanding 9-0 edge through two complete.
Two hits, two walks, two errors and a hit batter resulted in four more runs in the third as the Lady Eagles led 13-0, then eight walks, an error and a hit batter led to seven more runs in the fourth — wrapping up the 20-0 outcome.
Eastern outhit the Lady Falcons (0-4, 0-2) by a 9-2 overall margin and committed only one of the four errors in the contest.
Eastern used four different pitchers in the triumph, with Sophia Carleton getting the start and allowing one hit, one walk and hitting one batter in one inning of work with a strikeout. Elaina Hensley worked two innings and fanned six while surrendering the other hit.
Emmalee Durst and Alexus Metheney also worked an inning of relief apiece, with Metheney also recording a strikeout.
Rockhold, Grueser and Katlyn Barber led EHS with two hits apiece, followed by Bailey, Ally Barber and Mollie Maxon with a safety each.
Katlyn Barber led the Lady Eagles with five RBIs, followed by Grueser with four RBIs and Rockhold with two RBIs.
Durst and Rockhold each scored four runs each, while Katlyn Barber crossed home plate three times and Grueser also scored twice.
Alexander and Peroni had a hit apiece for Miller in the setback.
Eastern returns to action Thursday when it travels to Hartford for a pivotal TVC Hocking contest against Wahama at 5 p.m.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.