TUPPERS PLAINS, Ohio — A big fly to start and a big fly to finish.
Thanks to a two-run Katlyn Barber home run in the first inning and a walk-off solo home run by Sidney Cook in the seventh inning, the Eastern softball team claimed a 3-2 victory over non-conference guest Warren, on Tuesday night at Don Jackson Field in Meigs County.
With two outs in the top of the first inning, Cook singled to keep the inning alive for Barber, who gave the Lady Eagles (15-4) a 2-0 lead with a home run.
Warren got one run back with two outs in the top of the third inning, when Greenlee singled in Williams. WHS then tied the game in the top of the sixth, as Mallett scored on a groundout by Corser.
In frames 2-through-6 the Lady Eagles put six runners in scoring position, but came up empty. On the very first pitch in the bottom of the seventh inning, Cook hit her walk-off home run to give the hosts a 3-2 win.
EHS junior Elaina Hensley earned the win in a complete game, allowing two runs on four hits, while striking out one, walking five and hitting one batter.
Greenlee struck out eight and suffered the loss for Warren, giving up three runs, on seven hits and three walks.
Barber was a perfect 3-for-3 with a home run, one run scored and two RBIs to lead EHS at the plate. Cook was 2-for-4 with a home run, two runs scored and one RBI, while Taylynn Rockhold was 2-for-2 in the win.
Mallett, Greenlee, Williams and Grayson each had one hit for the guests.
The Lady Warriors committed three errors, two more than Eastern. EHS stranded eight runners on base, while Warren left seven.
The Lady Eagles are scheduled to return to action on Friday, when Peebles visits Tuppers Plains.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.
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