JACKSON, Ohio — In their final trip to Jackson as members of the Southeastern Ohio Athletic League, this was not the way the Blue Angels wanted to bid farewell to the Apple City.
That’s because the Gallia Academy High School softball squad, in being shut out over the final four innings and in committing five errors, lost to the Jackson Ironladies 7-3 on Tuesday.
The Blue Angels did hold one-run leads of 1-0 and 3-2, but the Ironladies answered each time — with a pair of two-run stanzas in the second and sixth frames, sandwiched around a three-run fourth.
With the loss, the Blue Angels fell to 5-4 — and 0-3 in the final-time and now just four-team SEOAL.
The Blue Angels also lost at Warren 3-2, before losing 6-1 to visiting Logan last Friday.
Jackson, the two-time defending outright SEOAL champion, improved to 4-7 — and 2-1 in the league.
Warren, with its 4-2 triumph over Logan on Tuesday, continues to lead the league at 3-0.
The Ironladies lost to Warren 7-2, while winning at Logan 7-4 for the other two SEOAL tilts.
The Blue Angels were done in by five errors on defense — and a sudden late shutdown by their offense.
Hunter Copley pitched the distance for Gallia Academy, allowing seven runs on 10 hits with two walks and one strikeout.
However, only four of the Ironladies’ runs were earned.
Copley faced four Ironladies apiece in innings one, three and five.
Sydney Humphreys captured the complete-game victory for Jackson, allowing three earned runs on eight hits and one walk.
She struck out four, and retired the Blue Angels 1-2-3 in the first, sixth and seventh.
She faced only four batters apiece in frames four and five.
The Blue Angels opened the second inning with a leadoff double by Makenzie Barr, as Allie Jo Clagg’s two-out single scored her.
In the third, Gallia Academy’s Paxton Roberts roped a two-out double, setting up a two-run home run by Jenna Meadows to make it 3-2.
Barr singled and Shelby Long doubled on the Blue Angels’ next two at-bats, but Humphreys stranded them at second and third — just like she did to Clagg an inning before.
From there, the Blue Angels’ only other baserunners were Clagg with a single and Ryliegh Caldwell with a walk in the fourth — and Meadows with a single in the fifth.
Humphreys retired, in fact, her final eight batters — and 10 of her final 11.
The Ironladies, in taking the lead for good in the fourth at 5-3, scored three runs on four hits — including on a two-run single by Haley Patterson.
Amelia Davis drove in Patterson on the next at-bat — on a single and error in the outfield.
In the sixth, Lauren Parks led off by reaching on an error, and Patterson put one over the fence for a two-run home run to make it 7-3.
Parks posted two hits, including an RBI-double in the second to score Haley Richards.
On the at-bat before, Maddie Campbell collected an RBI-single to score Raylene Hammond.
Campbell and Mariah Ridgeway walked once apiece, as Ridgeway wound up with two hits — including a double in the seventh.
Humphreys and Hammond had a single apiece, as Parks and Richardson each scored twice.
Gallia Academy returned home, and returned to Ohio Valley Conference action, on Wednesday with Portsmouth and today (Thursday, April 14) against Rock Hill.
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106