HEMLOCK, Ohio — It could always be worse.
The Southern softball team remained one game back of Eastern in the league standings Saturday afternoon following a 23-1 victory in five innings over host Miller in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup in Perry County.
The win allowed the visiting Lady Tornadoes (11-4, 10-1 TVC Hocking) to claim a season sweep of the Lady Falcons (0-13, 0-10), whom they defeated by a 36-1 count at Star Mill Park back on April 9.
SHS led 4-1 after an inning of play, then reeled off 19 consecutive runs over the next four frames to wrap up the 22-run decision. Southern scored seven runs in the second, once in the third, two in the fourth and nine times in the fifth to end up at its 23-1 advantage.
The Lady Tornadoes outhit the hosts by an 18-6 overall margin and had six different players produce multiple hits in the triumph. Jordan Huddleston was also the winning pitcher of record after striking out 10 over five innings in the circle.
Cierra Turley led Southern with four hits, followed by Ali Deem, Baylee Hupp and Darien Diddle with three safeties apiece. Huddleston and Caitlyn Holter each chipped in two hits, while Hannah Hill wrapped things up with a safety.
Diddle drove in a team-best four RBIs, while Deem, Holter, Hupp, Huddleston and Turley each knocked in three RBIs apiece. Holter and Hupp each scored four runs, while Deem crossed home plate three times in the triumph.
West paced MHS with two hits. Dutiel scored the Lady Falcons’ lone run following an error in the first.