TUPPERS PLAINS, Ohio — So much for gracious guests.
Visiting Southern put a damper on the home opener for the Eastern boys baseball team Saturday afternoon following a 6-5 decision in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup in Meigs County.
The host Eagles (0-3, 0-1 TVC Hocking) led 1-0 through three complete, but the Tornadoes (2-1, 2-1) reeled off five consecutive runs over the next two frames for a 5-1 advantage after five innings of play.
EHS scored once in the sixth to pull to within 5-2, but the Tornadoes responded with a run of their own in the top of the seventh — once again making it a four-run game at 6-2 headed into the final half inning.
The Eagles started the bottom of the seventh with three consecutive hits and had four hits in the frame while scoring three runs to close to within 6-5. The hosts had the bases loaded with one out, but SHS ultimately retired the next two batters to hold for the narrow one-run decision.
Colten Walters went the distance for the win, allowing seven walks over seven innings while striking out 10. Zack Scowden suffered the loss after walking two and striking out three over seven frames on the mound.
Southern outhit the Eagles by a 14-7 overall margin and committed two errors in the triumph, compared to one error by EHS.
Walters, Trenton Deem and Paul Ramthun each led SHS with three hits, followed by Brandon Moodispaugh, Jack Lemley, Tommy Ramthun, Blake Johnson and Zac Beegle with one safety apiece.
Lemley drove in two RBIs, while Walters, Moodispaugh and Paul Ramthun also had an RBI each. Deem led the Tornadoes with two runs scores.
Scowden, Tyler Morris, Christian Speelman, Brandon Coleman, Matthew Durst, Tyler Barber and Ross Keller each had a hit for the Eagles. Durst drove in two runs, while Speelman, Barber and Keller each added an RBI to the losing cause.
Jesse Morris — who walked twice and reached on an error — led EHS with two runs scored.