RACINE, Ohio — Keeping a good thing going.
The Southern baseball team defeated South Gallia 20-7 Wednesday night at Star Mill park in the sectional final.
Southern (25-0) paired four walks with three hits and two errors in the home half of the first to take the early 7-0 lead. South Gallia (5-15) scored a pair of runs in the top of the second and cut the lead to 7-2. Southern opened the game up with six runs in the home half of the second.
The Tornadoes pushed across four runs in the third frame and led 17-2. SGHS scored one run in the fourth, while Southern manufactured three in the inning. The Rebels scored four runs in the fifth and fell 20-7 to SHS.
Danny Ramthun earned the victory after giving up three runs on two hits and a walk in four innings. Dustin Custer pitched the fifth inning and gave up four runs on three hits and a walk. Ramthun struck out four batters while Custer struck out two.
Cory Haner was credited with the loss after giving up 12 runs on four hits and seven walks in 1.1 innings. Ethan Spurlock pitched the final 2.2 innings, giving up eight runs on six and nine walks, while striking out one.
Hunter Johnson led Southern with three hits, followed by Danny Ramthun with two. Andrew Roseberry, Adam Pape, Trenton Deem, Marcus Hill, and Ryan Taylor each finished with one hit in the contest. Deem, Ramthun and Dustin Custer each scored three runs for SHS.
Seth Jarrell, David Michael, Ethan Spurlock, Gus Slone, and Danny Matney each finished with one hit for SGHS. Cory Haner led the Rebels with two runs scored.
This marks the final game for SGHS seniors Cory Haner, Josh Cooper, Danny Matney, David Michael, and Andy Welch.
This is Southern’s sixth consecutive sectional title, and the Tornadoes return to action at noon Sunday at Paint Stadium in Chillicothe against Leesburg Fairfield.