Blue Angels sweep Portsmouth

By Paul Boggs -

CENTENARY, Ohio — The Blue Angels, basically, ended this one early.

That’s because Gallia Academy, in scoring the game’s opening nine runs and 11 of the first 13, amassed an easy 12-2 Ohio Valley Conference softball victory on Friday over the visiting Portsmouth Trojans.

The Blue Angels amounted a pair of runs in the first and third innings —sandwiched around a seven-run 10-hit explosion in the second stanza, which quickly opened up a 9-0 advantage.

Portsmouth plated its pair of runs in the third —when Andi Queen singled and Semajah Parker hit a two-run home run.

With Gallia Academy ahead 11-2 in the sixth, freshman Alex Barnes closed the contest with the 10-run mercy rule —when she walked and stole three bases for the final point.

The Blue Angels, after knocking off non-league Meigs in an 11-10 slugfest on Thursday, raised their record to 12-6 — and to 9-4 in the OVC.

Against Portsmouth, the Blue and White went off for 16 hits, including three apiece by the club’s up-the-middle combination of Barnes and Bailey Meadows.

The fellow freshman Meadows pitched for the Blue Angels — in place of regular GAHS hurler Hunter Copley.

Meadows pitched a complete game and only allowed six hits, as both of the Trojans’ runs were earned.

She walked only one and struck out five, faced four batters apiece in the second and third frames, and retired the Trojans 1-2-3 in the sixth.

Queen was the starting and losing Portsmouth pitcher, lasting only two innings as Gallia Academy scored six earned runs on 13 hits.

Morgan Grashel relieved Queen for the final three-and-a-third, allowing three runs on three hits with four walks and two strikeouts.

Four Blue Angels — Jenna Meadows, Carly Shriver, Paxton Roberts and Allie Young — added two hits apiece, as both Bailey Meadows and Jenna Meadows mashed doubles.

Young and Jenna Meadows mustered three runs batted in, as both had two-run singles in the seven-run second spree.

Ryleigh Caldwell and Kimberly Edelmann each had one hit, as the Blue Angels put down four bunt singles in that inning.

Edelmann ended up with two RBI.

Parker paced the Lady Trojans with two hits.

The Blue Angels return home, and conclude OVC action, on Monday against Rock Hill.

Jenna Meadows hit a sixth-inning solo homer for the only run in the two teams’ first meeting.

Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106

By Paul Boggs