MERCERVILLE, Ohio — A long day in the high heat.
Unfortunately for the South Gallia High School softball squad on Wednesday, that was exactly the case —as the Lady Rebels fell to Federal Hocking 25-5 in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division tilt.
Playing in 85-degree temperatures, the Lady Lancers filled in the scorebook diamonds, scoring three times in the opening inning before erupting for a dozen runs in the top of the second stanza to lead 15-1.
The Lancers then scored seven counters in the third to go up 22-2, before adding three more in the fifth for the 25-2 advantage.
The Rebels registered single markers in the first and third frames, before tallying three runs in the fifth off Federal Hocking relief pitcher Brooke Brown.
The contest was called following the fifth inning the 10-run mercy rule.
The loss left the Lady Rebels winless at 0-16 — and 0-13 in the TVC-Hocking.
Federal Hocking improved to 4-11 — and to 4-8 in the league.
Brittnie Jackson pitched the opening four innings for the Lady Lancers — and allowed three hits with one strikeout.
Skylar Hatfield hit two singles and two triples for Federal Hocking, while Tyra Mayle mustered two singles and a triple.
Jackson and Kaylli McPherson had two singles apiece.
Irene Santos scored three of South Gallia’s five runs, as Rachal Colburn and Savannah St. Clair each crossed once.
Colburn collected a pair of singles, while St. Clair and Maria Calhoun had one apiece.
Santos and Maddie Simpson walked twice, as Santos reached in the fifth inning on the Lady Lancers’ only error.
Nanako Yoshino, by being hit by a pitch in the third and walking in the fifth, was the Lady Rebels’ only other baserunner.
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106