SOUTH POINT, Ohio — The Blue Devils simply ran out of innings.
The Gallia Academy baseball team scored the final three runs of Monday night’s Ohio Valley Conference clash with hosting South Point, but it wasn’t enough as the Pointers claimed a 7-6 win.
After a scoreless first frame for both teams, Gallia Academy (2-3, 0-1 OVC) scored the game’s opening run in the top of the second, when Braden Simms was hit by a pitch and later scored on a Pointers error. GAHS plated two more runs in the inning, as Matt Bailey doubled home Kole Carter with two outs, and then scored on an Anthony Sipple double.
The Pointers got two runs back in the bottom of the second, as Tanner Hall blasted a two-out, two-run homerun to left-centerfield. South Point — which retired Gallia Academy in order in the top of the third — took the lead in the bottom of the third inning, scoring four runs on five hits and one hit batter.
SPHS added another insurance run in bottom of the fifth, when Hall drew a base on balls and later scored on a GAHS error.
Gallia Academy — which suffered through three straight scoreless frames — plated two runs in the sixth inning, as Kole Carter singled home Jeremy Brumfield, and John Stout scored on an error.
GAHS scored one run in the seventh inning, when Brumfield drove in Ryan Terry, and the Blue Devils had two runners on with one out. However, SPHS got back-to-back fly-outs and the Pointers handed Gallia Academy its first-ever OVC loss, by a 7-6 count.
Douglas Shaffer struck out five and earned the pitching victory for South Point, allowing five earned runs on 11 hits and two walks in 5.1 innings. Travis Dillon earned the save, allowing one earned run on four hits, in 1.2 innings of relief.
Gallia Academy senior Marcus Moore suffered the setback on the mound, allowing six runs, four earned, on seven hits, in 2.1 innings of work. Terry pitched 3.2 innings in relief and gave up just one earned run on five hits and one walk. Terry struck out four Pointers, while Moore fanned one.
Bailey led the GAHS offense with one double, one single, one run scored and one RBI in four at-bats, while Sipple had one double, one single and one RBI in three at-bats. Stout went 2-for-4 with one double, one single and one run scored, Carter was 2-for-5 with two singles, one run scored and one RBI, while Eric Ward was 2-for-4 with a pair of singles.
Brumfield singled once, scored once and drove in one run, Terry and Simms both singled once and scored once, while Moore and Josh Faro both singled one time in the loss. Tanner Allen had the game’s only stolen base for the Blue and White.
Chris Woodard was 3-for-4 with three singles and one run scored to lead the victors on at the plate. Shaffer, Jonathan Henline and Brandon Layne each singled twice for the Pointers, while Hall had one homerun, two runs scored and two RBI. Dillon and Logan Wade both singled once for South Point.
GAHS had two errors and 10 runners left on base in the setback, while the Blue and Gold marked three errors and eight runners left on base.
The Blue Devils will look for revenge on April 20, when the Pointers visit Centenary.
Gallia Academy visited Warren on Tuesday, and the Blue Devils will resume OVC play on Wednesday, at Fairland.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.