Blue Devils fall at Jackson, 11-1

By Bryan Walters - [email protected]

JACKSON, Ohio — Those self-inflicted wounds don’t help.

Gallia Academy committed four errors and surrendered six unearned runs Tuesday night during an 11-1 setback to host Jackson in a Southeastern Ohio Athletic League baseball contest at Sparky Haller Field in the Apple City.

The Blue Devils (5-5, 1-2 SEOAL) trailed 3-0 through two innings of play, but the guests showed signs of life in the top of the third as a two-out wild pitch allowed John Stout to score from third base — making it a two-run contest.

The Ironmen (3-0 SEOAL), however, sent nine batters to the plate in the home half of the third, which resulted in five runs on three hits, three errors and a walk.

JHS increased its 8-1 advantage with two runs in the fifth, then completed the mercy-rule decision in the sixth after Kendall Neal advanced to third on a single by Shawn Arthur and then scored on a throwing error during the play.

The Ironmen — who currently sit alone atop the SEOAL standings — outhit the guests by a sizable 10-3 overall margin and did not commit any errors in the triumph. Jackson stranded eight runners on base, while GAHS left five on the bags.

Hunter Sexton was the winning pitcher of record after allowing one earned run, two hits and three walks over five innings while striking out 11. Anthony Sipple took the loss after surrendering eight runs (three earned), five hits and three walks over 2.2 innings while fanning two.

Eric Ward led Gallia Academy with two hits, while Kole Carter provided the other safety. This was both the Blue Devils’ first double-digit loss and first mercy-rule setback of the season.

Lukas White paced JHS with three hits and four RBIs, followed by Billy Cooper and Collin Massie with two safeties apiece. Neal, Arthur and Tyler Storms also had a hit each in the triumph.

Cooper scored three runs and also drove in two RBIs, while Josh Blackburn also scored three times for Jackson.

Warren defeated Logan by a 6-3 count in the other SEOAL baseball contest. The Warriors are now in sole possession of second place at 2-1, while the Chieftains fell to fourth at 0-3.

Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.

By Bryan Walters

[email protected]