CENTENARY, Ohio — A home finale to remember.
The Gallia Academy softball team defeated visiting South Point 8-1 Thursday night while senior pitcher Heather Ward struck out 11 batters in the final home game of the regular season.
GAHS jumped out to an early lead 3-0 lead in the first inning after stringing together three straight hits. The Blue Angels added one run to it’s lead in the bottom of the third, and three more in the fifth.
Down 7-0, the Lady Pointers pushed their first run across int he top of the sixth inning. Back to back hits in the home half of the sixth gave GAHS one run and extended it’s lead back to seven runs. SPHS failed to answer and fell 8-1 to the Blue Angels.
Heather Ward earned the victory after giving up just one unearned run on two hits and a walk in seven innings. Ward struck out 11 SPHS batters.
Kaitlyn Brown was credited with the loss after giving up eight runs on 10 hits and three walks in six innings of work. Brown struck out a pair of GAHS batters on the night.
Senior Rachel Morris led GAHS with three hits, followed by Maggie Westfall and Mattie Lanham with two hits apiece. Megan Cochran, Kendra Barnes, and Brittany Lloyd each finished with one hit in the contest. Lanham led the Blue Angels with three runs scored, while Cochran had a game-high two RBI.
Hannah Carey and Brianna Wahley each had a hit for South Point, while Abbey Winkler scored the only run.
Gallia Academy returns to action on May 12th when it faces Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division champion Athens in the sectional final. The game will be held at 11 a.m. at Athens High School.