RACINE, Ohio — Talk about laying the smack down.
The Southern softball team claimed a 32-0, no-hit victory over Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division guest South Gallia, on Monday night at Star Mill Park.
The Lady Tornadoes (2-3, 2-2 TVC Hocking) scored 14 runs on 11 hits, four free passes and two SGHS (0-3, 0-3) errors in the opening inning and then added two more runs in the second frame.
Eight Lady Tornadoes crossed the plate in both the third and fourth innings, as the Purple and Gold rolled to a 32-0 mercy rule win, in five innings.
SHS sophomore Sydney Cleland earned the pitching victory, after striking out seven in five innings of work. Cleland allowed zero runs, zero hits and zero walks, while facing the minimum 15 batters.
SGHS senior Caitlyn Vanscoy was the losing pitcher of record, allowing 32 runs on 23 hits and eight free passes, while striking out three in four innings. The South Gallia defense committed 11 errors in the setback.
Southern senior Brandy Porter led the hosts at the plate, going 4-for-5 with three doubles, one single and five runs batted in. Haley Hill was 3-for-5 with three singles, three runs scored and three RBI, Hannah Hill was 3-for-6 with one triple, two singles, five runs scored and one RBI, Paige VanMeter went 3-for-5 with three singles, five runs scored and two RBI, while Sydney Cleland was 3-for-5 with three singles, four runs scored and one RBI.
Southern junior Sierra Cleland was 2-for-4 with two doubles, one run scored and three RBI, Ali Deem was 2-for-5 with one double, one single, two runs scored and two RBI, while Katie Barton doubled once, scored one and drove in one run. Savannah Bailey singled once, scored four times and drove in one run, Sabra Bailey singled once, scored twice and drove in one run, while Haley Musser scored five runs in the win.
Vanscoy was Lady Rebels’ only baserunner of the game, and she reached via error in the top of the fifth inning, but was throw out at second base.
These teams are scheduled to meet again on April 22, in Mercerville.
The Lady Tornadoes — who hosted Belpre on Tuesday — will return to action on Wednesday at Federal Hocking. The Lady Rebels return to the diamond on Wednesday, at Miller.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.