Lady Raiders top Southern, 12-3

By Bryan Walters -

RACINE, Ohio — Still searching for a winning streak.

The Southern softball team continued its win a game, lose a game streak this season following a 12-3 setback to visiting Roane County during a non-conference matchup Wednesday night at Star Mill Park in Meigs County.

The host Lady Tornadoes (2-3) never led in the contest as the Lady Raiders took a 2-0 lead a half-inning in and ultimately never looked back.

Paige VanMeter received a leadoff walk to start the second, then Sydney Cleland doubled VanMeter to over third before a passed ball allowed SHS to come up with its first run while trimming the deficit down to 2-1 through two complete.

RCHS, however, picked up a pair of runs due to an error in the third for a 4-1 edge, then added another run in the fourth as Olivia Mace hit a solo homer for a 5-1 lead.

Lauren Lavender started the bottom of the fourth with a single, then advanced to third on a fielder’s choice that allowed Shelbi Dailey to reach safely with two outs in the frame. Sierra Cleland followed with a single that plated both Lavender and Phoenix Cleland — a pinch-runner for Dailey — to cut the lead down to 5-3 after four complete.

Southern was never closer as Roane County sent a dozen batters to the plate in the fifth, which resulted in seven runs on five hits and four SHS errors while wrapping up the 12-3 outcome.

The Lady Raiders outhit the hosts by a 12-5 overall margin and also committed only two of the nine errors in the contest. Both teams also stranded nine runners apiece on base.

Shelby Lassiter was the winning pitcher of record after allowing two earned runs, five hits and a walk over five innings while striking out four. Sydney Cleland suffered the setback after surrendering 13 runs (two earned), 12 hits and two walks over five frames while fanning three.

Sydney Cleland paced Southern with two hits, followed by Lavender, Sierra Cleland and Kassie Barton with a safety apiece. Sierra Cleland was responsible for both Lady Tornado RBIs.

Mace, Kristen Blosser, Hailey Sloan, Carley Jarrell and Abigail Cummings led Roane County with two hits apiece, followed by Lassiter and Haley Gibson with a safety each.

Mace drove in a team-high three RBIs and Sloan also knocked in two. Mace, Gibson, Blosser and Sloan also scored two runs apiece for the guests.

Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.

By Bryan Walters