THE PLAINS, Ohio — The Gallia Academy baseball team won its fifth decision in six outings Friday night following a 3-1 victory over host Athens in a non-conference matchup at Rannow Field in Athens County.
The Blue Devils (13-4) never trailed in the contest as the guests jumped out to a 2-0 advantage midway through the fourth inning, but the Bulldogs (9-10) countered with a run in their half of the fourth to pull to within a run at 2-1.
GAHS, however, tacked on an insurance run in the seventh for a 3-1 edge, which ultimately proved to be enough for starter Gustin Graham. Graham allowed just one hit and two walks over seven innings while striking out nine to wrap up the complete-game triumph.
The Blue Devils outhit the hosts by a 6-1 overall margin and committed all three errors in the contest. GAHS left seven on base, while the Bulldogs stranded five on the bags.
After going scoreless through three innings, Gallia Academy claimed the early lead in the top of the fourth thanks to two runs on two hits and two walks. Eric Sheets drew a one-out walk, stole second and was advanced to third on a sacrfice by Kole Carter, then Matt Bailey walked to put runners on the corners with two away.
Sheets scored and Bailey moved to second on a balk, then Ryan Terry singled home Bailey for a 2-0 advantage. Terry also led off the seventh with a single and later scored on a sacrfice fly to center by Graham, which made it a 3-1 contest.
Terry and Ty Warnimont led the guests with two hits apiece, followed by Graham and Seth Wills with a safety apiece. Terry and Graham both drove in a run and Sheets, Bailey and Terry each scored once for the victors.
Sano had the lone hit for AHS and Luehrman scored the lone run in the setback. VanderVen suffered the loss after surrendering two runs, four hits and four walks over four frames while fanning four.