CHESHIRE, Ohio — The River Valley baseball team led 1-0 after two innings of play, but visiting Gallia Academy rallied with 11 consecutive runs en route to an 11-1 victory in five innings during a non-conference matchup of Gallia County programs.
The Blue Devils (14-4) outhit the hosts by a sizable 14-5 overall margin, but the Raiders (3-11) owned a 4-2 edge after two complete — which enabled RVHS to secure the early advantage. Cody Lee singled home Kevin Cline with two outs in the bottom of the first for a 1-0 contest.
GAHS found its offensive rhythm in the third as the guests sent nine batters to the plate, which resulted in five runs on seven hits for a 5-1 edge. The Blue Devils followed by sending 11 batters to the plate in the fourth, which yielded six runs on five hits, two errors and two walks — giving the guests an 11-1 edge after four complete.
River Valley had the bases loaded with nobody out in the bottom of the fourth, but ultimately failed to get a run home. RVHS went down in order in the fifth to wrap up the mercy-rule decision.
The Raiders committed four of the six errors in the contest and both teams left seven runners stranded on base. GAHS also claimed a season sweep after posting a 20-0 win in five innings back on March 31 at Eastman Field.
Marcus Moore was the winning pitcher of record after allowing one earned run and three walks over five innings while striking out five. Tim Kemper suffered the setback after surrendering seven earned runs and 11 hits over three innings of work.
Gage Childers led Gallia Academy with three hits, followed by Wills, Ty Warnimont, Anthony Sipple and Alex White with two safeties apiece. Gustin Graham, Eric Sheets and Kole Carter also had a hit each for the victors.
Childers, Graham, Wills, Sipple and Sheets each drove in two RBIs, while Warnimont, Childers, Graham, Wills and White scored two runs apiece.
Cline, Kemper, Lee, Tyler Cline and Jordan Gilliland each had a safety for River Valley.