WINFIELD, W. Va. — Unfortunately for the Blue Angels, they were behind the eight-ball — and on the wrong end of a pair of 8-0 outcomes.
That’s because the Gallia Academy High School softball squad, in an out-of-state non-league doubleheader at Winfield, W.Va. on Saturday, lost a pair of 8-0 games.
The young Blue Angels fell to 5-9 with the sweep, and dropped their fifth game in a row and seven of their last eight.
In addition to being shut out in both bouts, the Blue Angels only amounted three hits in each.
Both contests were called after the sixth inning — with West Virginia’s eight-run mercy rule following six stanzas.
In one game, Winfield scored single runs in the opening two innings, then scored twice in the fifth followed by four runs in the sixth to enforce the mercy rule.
Hunter Copley pitched for Gallia Academy in that tilt, allowing eight runs — but only two were earned as the Blue Angel errors numbered six.
Copley gave up seven hits with one walk while striking out two.
The Blue Angels only had five baserunners in that game, including Copley with a leadoff double and Lexi Polinsky on a two-out walk in the third.
In the fourth, Copley reached on a one-out error and Shelby Long singled, before Allie Jo Clagg singled with two outs in the fifth.
In the other encounter, Winfield scored single runs in the first and sixth frames, sandwiched around a four-run outburst in the fourth — followed by a two-run inning in the fifth.
And, once again, errors absolutely plagued the Blue Angels — which this time committed four.
Allie Young was the pitcher for Gallia Academy, allowing eight runs but only one was earned.
She scattered six hits and three walks while striking out three.
Schoolcraft, who was Winfield’s complete-game winning pitcher with seven strikeouts in the first game, had a three-run double in the fourth — before enforcing the mercy rule with a solo home run in the sixth.
Moore was the Generals’ complete-game winning hurler in the second bout, and once again Gallia Academy struck out seven times.
The Blue Angels only had four baserunners in this game — Clagg and Copley with leadoff singles in the first, Kimberly Edelmann on a two-out walk in the second, and Jenna Meadows with a two-out single in the sixth.
Gallia Academy, which lost to visiting Warren 7-3 in the Southeastern Ohio Athletic League on Friday, returned home on Monday for an Ohio Valley Conference clash against Ironton.
The Blue and White will return to the road today (Tuesday, April 19) — with another SEOAL affair at Logan.
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106