Lady Chiefs double up Blue Angels

By Paul Boggs -

LOGAN, Ohio — Unfortunately for the Blue Angels, a lost lead on Tuesday resulted in another loss.

That’s because Gallia Academy, after Jenna Meadows’ three-run home run, allowed the final six runs of the game and lost to the host Logan Lady Chiefs 6-3 in a Southeastern Ohio Athletic League softball tilt.

The Blue Angels — with two out and none on in the third inning— got back-to-back singles from Allie Jo Clagg and Hunter Copley, before Meadows sent a shot over the 190-foot sign in left field.

But, as Newfound Glory once sang, it was all downhill from here.

The Lady Chiefs erased that 3-0 deficit by scoring once in the third and again in the fourth, before Payton Frasure answered Meadows’ home run with a two-run blast of her own — putting Logan ahead 4-3 in the fifth.

Logan then added a pair of insurance runs in the sixth, doubling up the Blue Angels and completing the season sweep.

The Lady Chiefs (4-10, 3-2 SEOAL) won at Gallia Academy 6-1 on April 8, thus starting the Blue Angels’ slide that has dropped them to 5-11.

The Blue Angels, at 0-5 in the SEOAL with their league finale on Friday against visiting Jackson, suffered their seventh consecutive setback with the loss at Logan — and their ninth in the past 10 games.

Logan’s Lainie Nakanishi was the complete-game winning pitcher, allowing only six hits with no walks.

Despite only one strikeout, of her 72 total pitches, 48 went for strikes.

Allie Young pitched the distance for the Blue Angels, allowing 10 runs and a walk in six innings — with five of the six runs being earned.

Of her 81 pitches, 56 went for strikes.

Frasure finished a perfect 3-for-3 for Logan, and was one hit shy of the cycle with a home run, double and single.

She had four runs batted in, including in the third and sixth in addition to her two-run home run.

In the third, Logan made it 3-1 — when Lexi McBride reached on an error, and then scored when Frasure doubled off the fence in centerfield.

Her final RBI came on a sacrifice fly in the sixth to make it 6-3.

McBride singled twice, including in the fifth before Frasure’s shot.

Logan trimmed its deficit to 3-2 in the fourth, when Kellie Arnett hit a leadoff double to left.

She was replaced by pinch runner Shawnshea McClelland, who moved to third on a groundout and then scored a ball hit by Hannah Schrader.

Nakanishi, Schrader and Sierra Heilman had singles for Logan in the sixth, as Addy Rooker made it 5-3 with an RBI-groundout.

Copley plated a pair of singles to lead Gallia Academy, as Clagg, Shelby Long and Makenzie Barr also singled.

Gallia Academy returned home, and returned to Ohio Valley Conference action, on Wednesday against South Point and today (Thursday, April 21) against Fairland.

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

By Paul Boggs