CENTENARY, Ohio — A slow start and a race to the finish.
The Gallia Academy and Fairland softball teams were still tied at zero after three innings of play, in Thursday night’s Ohio Valley Conference clash in Gallia County. However, over the final four innings, the Blue Angels outscored FHS 8-4, sealing the win and the season sweep.
Fairland scored the game’s first run in the top of the third inning, as Hollyann Lunsford singled home Maddy Kazee. GAHS (7-11, 5-4 OVC) answered in the bottom of the third, as Mackenzie Barr singled and then scored on an error.
The Lady Dragons regained the lead in the top of the fourth frame, as Kazee doubled home Allison Shepherd and Morgan Fridley, and then scored a Lunsford ground-out.
FHS didn’t have the advantage for long, however, as the Blue Angels scored four runs on six straight free passes in the bottom of the fifth frame.
The Blue angels added three insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth, combining four hits with one walk and two errors. The Lady Dragons were retired in order in the top of the seventh, as GAHS capped off the 8-4 victory.
GAHS freshman Hunter Copley — who struck out four batters in a complete game effort — was the winning pitcher of record for the Blue Angels, and she surrendered four runs on nine hits and two walks.
Olivia Adkins suffered the pitching loss for FHS, allowing eight runs on seven hits and eight free passes. Adkins struck out two batters and pitched six innings.
The Blue Angel offense was led by Barr, who went 3-for-3 with three singles and two runs scored. Copley singled once and scored twice for GAHS, Allie Clagg and Ryleigh Caldwell both singled once and scored once, while Lexie Polinsky added a single fore the hosts. Allie Young scored once and had two RBI, Jenna Meadows scored once and had one RBI, while Shelby Long and Carly Shriver each finished with one RBI in the win.
Kazee led the Lady Dragons, going 3-for-4 with two doubles, one single two runs scored and two RBI. Emily Chapman singled twice for the guest, Lunsford singled once and drove in two runs, Shepherd and Fridley each singled once and scored once, while Adkins added a single for FHS.
For the game, Fairland had four errors, while Gallia Academy committed two.
GAHS also defeated the Lady Dragons on April 6, in Proctorville by a 7-1 count.
The Blue Angels continue OVC play on Monday, when they pay a visit to Coal Grove.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.