CENTENARY, Ohio —With one week until the tournament begins the Blue Devils earn a key victory.
The Gallia Academy baseball team defeated non-conference guest Meigs 8-3, Tuesday night, just seven days before both teams embark on the postseason.
The Marauders (12-5) got on the board first when Luke Musser drove home Bradley Helton in the top of the second, but Gallia Academy (15-4) answered in the bottom of the second when Kole Carter scored to tie the game. After leaving two runners stranded in the bottom of the third, the Blue Devils struck again in the fourth inning. GAHS failed to have a basehit in the fourth but scored three runs in the frame, two on passed balls and one via walk.
Meigs freshman Cody Bartrum singled home classmate Chase Whitlatch in the fifth inning as the Maroon and Gold cut the deficit in half, but Gallia Academy answered again. The Blue Devils scored four times in the sixth inning, highlighted by a Matt Bailey two-run double. The Marauders marked one run in the seventh but failed to complete the comback and GAHS took the 8-3 win.
Gustin Graham earned the win after allowing just one run on four hits and a walk in four innings, while striking out four. Kole Carter earned the save, allowing two runs on five hits and four walks in three innings, while striking out two.
Ty Phelps suffered the setback after allowing four runs on three hits and 10 walks in 3.2 innings, while striking out three. Cameron Mattox struck out one in 2.1 innings of relief work, while allowing four runs, three hits and two walks.
The GAHS offense was led by Anthony Sipple with two singles, while Matt Bailey added a double. Ty Warnimont, Gage Childers and Alex White each added singles for the Blue and White. Seth Wills was hit by a pitch in all four plate appearances.
Carter and Childers each scored twice, Warnimont, Wills, Eric Ward and Eric Sheets each scored once, while Sipple and Bailey each marked two RBIs. Ward stole two bases, while Wills had one steal.
The Marauders offense was paced by Cody Bartrum and Damon Jones with two singles each, followed by Chase Whitlatch with a double. Taylor Rowe, Bradley Helton, Michael Davis and Ray Johnson each had a single in the game, whole Bartrum, Helton and Musser each marked an RBI. Helton, Rowe and Whitlatch all crossed the plate for MHS, while Helton and Davis each stole a base.
The Blue Devils had eight runs, six hits, two errors and 11 left on base, while the Marauders had three runs, nine hits, one error and 11 left on base.