CENTENARY, Ohio — A lot of hits equal a lot of runs.
The Gallia Academy softball team out-hit Ohio Valley Conference guest Chesapeake by a 14-to-5 margin on Wednesday night, and the Blue Angels took the 9-5 victory on their home field.
Following a scoreless first inning, GAHS (9-14, 6-5 OVC) scored twice in the bottom of the second, when freshman Hunter Copley singled home Jenna Meadows and Shelby Long.
The Lady Panthers tied the game in the top of the third inning, scoring two runs on two hits, two walks and one error.
Gallia Academy regained the lead in the bottom of the third, when Long drove in Allie Young. GAHS added another run in the next at-bat, as Kim Edelmann singled home Meadows. With two outs in the third, Copley singled home Long and Edelmann, and then Makenzie Barr drove in Carly Shriver to make the Blue Angel lead 7-2.
Chesapeake began chipping away at the deficit in the top of the fourth, when Brooke Webb drove in Laura Rice. On the next at-bat Melanie Noble singled home Kelsey Huff and Ryleigh Swann, trimming the GAHS lead to 7-5.
The Blue Angels were held scoreless in the home half of the fourth, but Edelmann scored on a Barr single to give the hosts an 8-5 advantage, in the bottom of the fifth. GAHS added another insurance run in the bottom of the sixth, when Meadows doubled home Young.
The final nine Lady Panthers were retired in order, securing the 9-5 win for Gallia Academy.
Copley — who struck out one batter in a complete game effort — was the winning pitcher of record for the hosts, allowing five runs, four earned, on five hits and four walks.
Webb suffered the setback in the circle for Chesapeake, allowing nine runs, six earned, on 14 hits and two walks. Webb pitched a complete game and struck out three batters.
Copley also led GAHS offensively, going 3-for-4 with four runs batted in, while Meadows was 2-for-4 with one double, two runs scored and one RBI. Edelmann went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and one RBI, Young was 2-for-4 with two runs scored, while Barr was 2-for-4 with two RBI. Long singled once, scored twice and drove in one run in the win, Shriver added one double and one run scored, while Allie Clagg singled once in three at-bats for GAHS.
Noble led Chesapeake’s offense with two hits and two RBI, while Swann singled once, scored twice and drove in one run. Webb singled once and drove in one run for CHS, Brianna Russell added one single, while Huff, Rice and Sydney Wellman each scored once in the setback.
GAHS committed three errors and left seven runners on base in the win, while CHS had one error and six runners left on base.
Gallia Academy also defeated the Lady Panthers on April 11, by an 8-4 count in Chesapeake.
After Coal Grove visits Centenary on Thursday, the Blue Angels will hit the road to visit Portsmouth on Friday.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.