TUPPERS PLAINS, Ohio — It’s not basketball season anymore.
Visiting Waterford — which won the Division IV girls basketball state championship three weeks ago — was limited to just two hits as the Eastern softball team rolled to a 17-0 victory Friday night in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup at Don Jackson Field in Meigs County.
The Lady Eagles (4-0, 4-0 TVC Hocking) wasted little time in remaining unbeaten, as the hosts scored seven times in the bottom of the first after sending a dozen batters to the plate.
EHS tacked on a run apiece in the second and third frames for a 9-0 cushion, then erupted for eight more scores in the bottom of the fourth while securing a commanding 17-run advantage.
The Lady Wildcats (2-2, 2-2) produced their third and final baserunner of the game after Eichmiller singled to start the top of the fifth, but a pair of flyouts and a strikeout sealed the deal on the mercy-rule decision.
Eastern outhits the guests by a sizable 12-2 overall margin while also benefiting from six WHS errors. The Lady Eagles stranded six runners on base, while Waterford left only two on the bags.
Jess Coleman was the winning pitcher of record after allowing one hit and striking out six through three innings of work. Taylor suffered the setback for WHS after surrendering a dozen hits and seven walks over five frames.
Katlyn Barber — who hit a two-run homer in the first inning — joined Taylynn Rockhold in leading Eastern with two hits apiece. Hannah Bailey, Mackenzie Brooks, Sidney Cook, Mollie Maxon, Allison Barber, Emmalea Durst, Elaina Hensley and Abbie Hawley also had a hit each for the victors.
Katlyn Barber led the hosts with three runs scored and Bailey also crossed home plate twice. Brooks, Coleman, Cook, Rockhold, Maxon, Durst, Hensley, Hawley, Allison Barber, Morgan Baer, Kayla Tripp and Courtney Fitzgerald all scored one run apiece as well.
Ohse joined Eichmiller with Waterford’s only hits, while Radabaugh received a walk in the top of the fourth.
After 20 innings of play in their four outings, the Lady Eagles have outscored TVC Hocking opponents by a whopping 81-5 overall margin.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.