Blue Angels crush Green in opener

By Paul Boggs - [email protected]

CENTENARY, Ohio — How’s this for your color scheme?

The Blue Angels simply had the Green Bobcats seeing ‘red’ on Saturday.

That’s’s because, in a season-opening softball game at Gallia Academy High School, the Blue Angels blanked the non-league and visiting Bobcats 14-0.

The contest was called after the fifth inning with the 10-run mercy rule.

The Blue Angels erupted for three runs in the second inning, tacked on two more in the third frame, and finally exploded for nine runs in the fourth inning to put the mercy rule into effect.

They outhit Green 9-2, and took advantage of three Bobcat errors.

The game was also a strong debut for freshman pitcher Hunter Copley, who worked all five innings for the Blue Angels — and allowed just the two hits with one walk and one hit batsman.

In fact, Green’s leadoff hitter Hammonds had the two hits — singles in the first and fifth.

Copley struck out 12, including the side 1-2-3 in the fourth inning — and two Bobcats apiece in the other four frames.

In the third, she hit Hammonds with a pitch and walked Johnson, but Green did not advance a runner beyond second base.

Hammonds had reached third in the opening inning, advancing to second and third on a pair of passed balls, combined with a dropped third strike to Bradley.

But Copley charged back to retire the next seven Bobcats she faced, as she retired six straight in innings three thru five.

Of her 73 total pitches, exactly 50 went for strikes.

Bradley was the losing pitcher, allowing 11 earned runs on seven walks and nine hits.

Allie Jo Clagg led the Blue Angels at the plate, going 3-for-3 with three runs batted in and two runs scored.

Clagg, Copley, Paxton Roberts, Makenzie Barr, Shelby Long and Cassidy Starnes scored two runs apiece, with Carley Shriver and Kimberly Edelmann each adding one.

Shriver had a two-run double in the nine-run fourth, as Copley’s RBI-single made it 14-0.

Roberts, Barr, Edelmann and Starnes all had one hit apiece.

The Blue Angels return home, and return to non-league action, against River Valley today (Tuesday).

First pitch is set for 5 p.m.

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

By Paul Boggs

[email protected]