CENTENARY, Ohio — Some things are worth waiting for.
It took over three hours to finish, but the Gallia Academy baseball team remained unbeaten in league play Thursday night following a 9-5 victory over visiting Logan in a Southeastern Ohio Athletic League matchup at Eastman Ball Field in Gallia County.
The Blue Devils (5-1, 3-0 SEOAL) never trailed in the contest, as the hosts needed just two batters in the bottom of the first to secure a permanent lead. Ty Warnimont led off the frame with a triple and scored three pitches later after a sacrifice fly by Gage Childers gave GAHS an early 1-0 advantage.
Gallia Academy extended its lead in the bottom of the second as the hosts produced three runs on three hits and a walk, which gave the Blue and White a comfortable 4-0 cushion through two complete.
The Chieftains (0-5, 0-2) responded by scoring three runs on three hits, three walks and an error in the top of the third — allowing the guests to close the gap down to 4-3. GAHS, however, answered with a run on a single and an error — giving the hosts a 5-3 cushion after three full frames.
A leadoff single by Warnimont and walks to both Childers and Gustin Graham loaded the bases for Gallia Academy to start the fourth, then Seth Wills delivered an RBI single that plated Warnimont for a 6-3 contest. Zach Graham followed with a sac fly to left that plated Childers, giving the Blue Devils a 7-3 lead through four complete.
Logan scored twice in the sixth to close to within 7-5, but the hosts followed with two runs of their own in the bottom half of the frame to reclaim a four-run cushion. LHS left runners stranded at first and second in the top of the seventh as Gallia Academy wrapped up the 9-5 decision.
There were a total of 19 walks issued in the game and both teams left double-digit baserunners stranded on the bags. Gallia Academy walked 12 hitters and left 10 on base, while the guests issued seven free passes and stranded 13 runners. The Blue Devils outhit the Chiefs by a 9-7 overall margin and committed only one of the three errors in the contest.
Anthony Sipple was the winning pitcher of record after allowing three runs, four hits and six walks over 2.2 innings while striking out three. Lane Little took the loss for Logan after surrendering four runs, five hits and two walks over two innings while fanning two.
Warnimont and Matt Bailey led the hosts with three hits apiece, followed Wills, Kole Carter and Gustin Graham with a safety each. Warnimont and Carter each scored three times for the victors, while Bailey drove in a team-best three RBIs.
Bryce McBride paced the Chieftains with three hits and Nick Vecchiarelli added two safeties and a team-high two RBIs. McBride and Little each scored twice in the setback.