BELPRE -Visiting Southern racked up 17 hits and had a trio of two-run innings in a 7-4 TVC Hocking Division baseball victory over Belpre Friday evening at Civitan Park.
The loss dropped the Golden Eagles to 8-12 on the season, while the win improved the Tornadoes to 11-9.
It was 1-1 after two innings as both teams scored in the second, Southern on Clayton Wood's suicide squeeze and Belpre on Nick Therriault's RBI single.
But the Tornadoes posted two tallies each back-to back in the third and fourth frames to surge ahead 5-1.
Trenton Deem led off the Southern third by belting a solo homer down the left-field line and over the outfield fence, and later in the inning, Trey Pickens lined a run-scoring single to right.
In the Tornado fourth, complete-game winning pitcher Paul Ramthun lined an RBI single through the hole into left field and Southern pulled off a delayed double steal of home,
The Golden Eagles, though, rallied back in the fifth with three runs to close within 5-4. No. 9 hitter Kole Counts led off with a single past shortstop and Logan Plummer followed with a walk. An out later, catcher Ryan Epperly drove a two-run double to the right-field fence and Tavian Miller had a RBI single to right to make it just a one-run game.
But not for long as in the top of the sixth, Southern tacked on two runs on RBI singles by Deem and Brandon Moodispaugh. However, Belpre's defense prevented further scoring in the inning by throwing out two base-runners at the plate who were trying to score on doubles, with Epperly applying the tags.
The Golden Eagles, though, only had one hitter reach base in their last two at-bats, and that was Plummer on a walk to start the bottom of the seventh before three straight fly-ball outs ended the game.
"We left our (starting) pitcher in too long," said Belpre head coach Terry Mullen. "We probably should have taken Mike (Simoniette) out when we got back to 5-4," but he stayed in through the sixth, when the margin grew to 7-4. "Mike just didn't have any of his good stuff today."
Today, Belpre plays an 11 a.m. doubleheader at Williamsport Westfall before a home makeup game versus Federal Hocking at 5 p.m. Monday and the Golden Eagles' sectional-tournament opener at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Rock Hill.