CENTENARY, Ohio — Early and often.
The Gallia Academy baseball team pounded out 13 hits and scored at least three runs in each of its four innings at the plate Tuesday night en route to an 18-5 victory in five innings over visiting Symmes Valley in a non-conference matchup at Eastman Ball Field in Gallia County.
The Blue Devils (3-1) never trailed in the contest as the hosts scored five times in the first and three times in the second to secure a commanding 8-0 advantage through two complete.
The Vikings countered with a run in the top half of the third, but GAHS responded with a five-run explosion in its half of the third for a resounding 13-1 cushion.
SVHS sent nine batters to the plate in the fourth, which resulted in four runs on three hits, two walks and an error — making it a 13-5 contest.
Gallia Academy — which sent at least 10 batters to the plate in every inning except the second — retaliated with five runs on three hits and three walks, giving the hosts a sizable 18-5 edge after four full frames.
The Vikings had the bases loaded with two outs in the top of the fifth, but Mays grounded out to end the game at its mercy-rule conclusion.
The Blue Devils outhit the guests by a 13-4 overall margin and committed three errors in the triumph, one fewer than SVHS. The Vikings stranded 10 runners on base, compared to eight left on by the Blue and White.
Eight different players had at least one hit for the hosts, with Ty Warnimont leading the way with three hits. Gustin Graham, Anthony Sipple and Kole Carter also had two safeties apiece for the victors.
Gage Childers, Alex White, Seth Wills and Ryan Terry also had a hit apiece for GAHS. Sipple and Wills led the hosts with three RBIs apiece, while Childers added a team-high four runs scored. Warnimont, Graham, White, Carter and Eric Sheets also scored twice each in the triumph.
Wills was the winning pitcher of record, allowing five runs, two hits and eight walks over 3.2 innings while striking out seven. Thompson took the loss after surrendering five runs, four hits and a walk over an inning-plus of work.
Mays, Klaiber, Carpenter and Dial each had a hit for Symmes Valley. Mays also drove in a team-high four RBIs, while Jarrell scored twice in the setback.