WILBER -- Southern scored three runs in the first inning against Wilber-Clatonia and those runs held up.
The Lady Raiders defeated Wilber-Clatonia 3-1 Tuesday night in Wilber.
Southern coach Jeff Schiebur said he's happy with the win, but wishes his team could have kept the pressure on after the first inning.
"It would have been nice to keep putting the pressure on," Schiebur said. "We've been doing that a lot lately in previous games. It's good to come out and start quick like we did, but we have to keep it going throughout the game."
Cheyenne Leach was able to keep the Wolverine offense at bay, pitching the complete game and giving up one run while striking out 12.
"That's probably one of the best games that Cheyenne has pitched this year," Schiebur said. "I think she was throwing harder than she has been and she was hitting her spots and her ball was moving pretty good."
Southern's first inning rally got started when Madison Zvolanek led off with a single and went to second on Mercades Shockley's sacrifice bunt. Matti Barnts then reached on an error, which put runners at first and third with one out.
Cheyenne Leach helped her own cause by putting the ball in play and grounding out, which allowed the first run of the game to score.
With two outs, walks to both Ashley Yocum and Skylar Pretzer loaded the bases. Kimberley Kapustka's two RBI double made it 3-0 after just a half inning.
Wilber-Clatonia got one of those runs back in the bottom of the third inning when Alexis Tachovsky blasted a solo home run to make it 3-1.
Neither team would mount much of a scoring threat until the seventh inning. In the top of the seventh, Southern got runners at first and second with two outs, but came away empty.
Wilber-Clatonia's biggest chance to score came in the bottom of the seventh. Tia Kreshel led off the inning by reaching on an error. After two outs were recorded, Tachovsky scorched a line drive that bounced off the third baseman and went over the fence down the third base line for a ground rule double
The Wolverines had the tying run at second base and the winning run at the plate, but Leach put an exclamation point on her dominating performance with a strikeout of the last batter, ending the game.
Southern had four hits in the game, including Kapustka's double as well as singles from Zvolanek, Claire Hookstra and Shockley.
Wilber-Clatonia was led by Tachovsky, who had a double in addition to her solo home run. Adding a single each was Tia Kreshel, Rylee Sand and Katie VanLaningham.
Kunc took the loss for the Wolverines in the circle. She settled down after the first inning and pitched a complete game, striking out 11.
Southern improves to 10-12 and will be in action again Thursday when they travel to Fairbury.
Schiebur said he still doesn't think his team is playing the way they're capable of playing.
"The season is going by fast and I don't think we are quite where we want to be at yet," he said. "I think the girls need to understand we can be better than what we are because we have some talent. We're getting there, but we have to keep building on this win and hopefully against Fairbury on Thursday."
Wilber-Clatonia drops to 9-14 on the season and will travel to the Adams Central Invite on Saturday.