TUPPERS PLAINS, Ohio — Two innings really can make all the difference.
The Eastern softball team scored six times in the second inning and four times in the fourth, as the Lady Eagles picked up a 10-2 victory over Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division guest Federal Hocking, on Friday night in Meigs County.
After a scoreless first frame for both squads, the Lady Lancers (3-6, 1-5 TVC Hocking) grabbed a 1-0 lead with a run in the top of the second inning.
Eastern retaliated with six runs on five hits and one walk in the bottom of the second inning, which was highlighted by a two-run Sidney Cook home run.
Federal Hocking got one run back in the top of the third, taking advantage of an EHS error.
The Lady Eagles failed to score in the third inning, but Katlyn Barber and Jess Coleman both came up with two-run singles in the fourth frame, making the EHS lead 10-2.
FHHS advanced at least one runner into scoring position in the each of the final four innings, but failed to score once in that span, allowing Eastern to seal the eight-run win.
Elaina Hensley earned the pitching victory for the hosts, striking out two, while allowing two runs on two hits and three walks in three innings of work. Emmalea Durst pitched two innings in relief and gave up three hits and two walks, while Jess Coleman struck out four and allowed two hits in two frames of relief work. Chelsea Washburn suffered the setback in the circle for FHHS.
EHS was led offensively by Cook with one home run, one single, two runs scored and two RBI in three at-bats. Coleman was 2-for-3 with two singles, one run scored and four RBI, Mackenzie Brooks was 2-for-3 with two singles, two runs scored and one stolen base, while Katlyn Barber was 2-for-3 with two singles, one run scored and two RBI.
Hannah Bailey singled once, scored twice and stole one base in three at-bats, Mollie Maxon was 1-for-2 with a single, while Hensley, Taylynn Rockhold and Allison Barber each scored once.
Hannah Dunfee and Brittnie Jackson led the Lady Lancers with two hits each, while Tyra Mayle singled once and scored once. Washburn and Skylar Hatfield each singled once in the setback, while Michelle Tritipo scored once after reaching on a fielder’s choice.
EHS had four errors in the win, while Federal Hocking committed one.
Eastern will look to sweep the Lady Lancers on April 26, in Stewart.
The Lady Eagles resume league play on Monday, when Trimble visits Meigs County.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.