PROCTORVILLE, Ohio — This time, the Blue Devils didn’t need to worry about a one-run outcome.
The Gallia Academy High School baseball team, already victimized by four one-run losses this season, scored three runs in the fourth inning and another in the final en route to blanking the host Fairland Dragons 4-0 on Wednesday in an Ohio Valley Conference clash.
With the win, the Blue Devils are 1-1 in the OVC with one game suspended at Ironton — part of 3-4 overall.
The win also snapped a two-game losing skid for Gallia Academy, which lost at South Point (7-6) on Monday in the OVC — and 6-5 at Warren on Tuesday.
The Dragons did outhit the Blue Devils 7-6, but left nine baserunners stranded.
Gallia Academy ended the first two innings with defensive double plays, stranding a Dragon at third in the first, followed by getting out of a bases-loaded jam in the second on an unassisted double play by Jeremy Brumfield.
Fairland had runners on first and second in the fourth, but Blue Devil pitcher Josh Faro finished that inning off with back-to-back strikeouts, part of his seven for the entire game.
The Dragons did load the bases again in the seventh, but Faro got a pair of fielder’s choices to end it.
The freshman Faro pitched a gem of a complete game, allowing the seven hits with two walks but not allowing any runs.
He retired the side 1-2-3 in the fifth, faced the minimum three Dragons in the third, and saw four batters each in the first, fourth and sixth frames.
Hayden James went the distance for Fairland on the mound, allowing four runs and six hits with three walks and four strikeouts.
Anthony Sipple secured two of Gallia Academy’s hits, as Faro, Matt Bailey, John Stout and Jeremy Brumfield bagged the others.
James kept the Blue Devils off the board through three, allowing singles to Bailey in the first and to Faro in the second, before retiring the side 1-2-3 in the third.
In the third, Eric Ward was hit by a pitch and Ryan Terry walked, then Stout and Brumfield’s back-to-back singles plated them with two outs.
Stout scored on Brumfield’s at-bat with the aid of an error in left field.
Sipple singled in the fifth, before his RBI-single in the seventh made it 4-0 and scored Josh Davis, who walked.
Stout led off the inning with a walk, while Bailey was hit by a pitch.
The Blue Devils, at 0-1 in the Southeastern Ohio Athletic League after the loss at Warren, will look to even their records when they host Logan today (Friday, April 8).
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106