Tornadoes slip by Belpre, 3-1

Alex Hawley

April 18, 2014

RACINE, Ohio —Small ball, when executed properly, will win a lot of games.

The Southern baseball had just one extra-base hit Thursday night but the Tornadoes still managed to defeat Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division guest Belpre, by a count of 3-1.

Southern (5-4, 4-3 TVC Hocking) got things going in the bottom of the first inning when Hunter Johnson walked, stole second base, advanced to third on a ground out and scored on a Paul Ramthun sacrifice fly.

The Golden Eagles (5-4, 5-4) pulled even in the top of the second when Chayse Hostottle doubled and later scored. The Tornadoes countered in the bottom of the second when Jack Lemley and Colten Walters each scored. Belpre advanced four runners into scoring position over the final five innings but couldn’t push a run across and Southern took the 3-1 triumph.

Colten Walters earned the victory on the mound after allowing just one run on six hits and three walks. Walters struck out seven in the triumph. Mike Simoniette suffered the loss for Belpre.

The Southern offensive attack was led by Walters with a double, while Hunter Johnson, Zac Beegle, Paul Ramthun and Jack Lemley each singled. Hunter Johnson, Lemley and Walters each scored, while Hunter Johnson led the way with two stolen bases.

Mike Simoniette led Belpre with two singles, while Tavian Miller, Hayden Plummer and Chayse Hostottle each doubled. Ryan Epperly added a single, while Hostottle had the lone BHS run scored. Plummer marked a stolen base for the Orange and Black.

The Tornadoes finished with three runs, five hits and one error, while BHS had one run, six hits and three errors.

Southern will look to sweep the Golden Eagles on May 9 in Belpre.