CENTENARY, Ohio — The Gallia Academy baseball team started league play in style Wednesday night following a 10-0 victory over visiting Warren in the Southeastern Ohio Athletic League opener for both clubs at Eastman Ball Field in Gallia County.
The host Blue Devils (2-1, 1-0 SEOAL) dodged a few bullets early on, as the Warriors had a hit and reached safely on two errors through an inning and a half of play — yet the game remained scoreless headed into the bottom half of the second.
GAHS found its rhythm at that point as the hosts sent nine batters to the plate, which resulted in five runs on three hits, an error and a walk — giving Gallia Academy a 5-0 cushion through two complete.
The Blue Devils tacked on another run in the third thanks to a WHS error for a 6-0 edge, then another error in the fourth allowed the hosts to secure a 7-0 lead through four complete.
GAHS scored two runs and had runners at first and second with two outs in the fifth when Gage Childers wrapped up things with a single that allowed Matt Bailey to score — which wrapped up the 10-0 outcome with the mercy-rule decision.
Both teams committed three errors in the contest, but the Blue Devils outhit the guests by a sizable 9-4 overall margin. GAHS left five runners stranded on base, while the Warriors left all four of their baserunners on the bags.
Gustin Graham was the winning pitcher of record after allowing four hits and no walks over five innings while striking out six. Hill took the loss for Warren after surrendering six runs, four hits and one walk over three frames of work.
Bailey, Ty Warnimont and Seth Wells each led the hosts with two hits, followed by Childers, Eric Sheets, Anthony Sipple and Kole Carter with a safety apiece. Warnimont, Childers and Bailey also drove in two RBIs apiece, while Graham, Carter and Zach Graham also drove in a run each.
Wills and Carter each scored twice in the triumph, while Warnimont, Sheets, Sipple, Bailey, Alex White and Zach Graham also crossed home plate once apiece.
E. Estes, Smith, J. Estes and Hill each had a hit for Warren in the setback.
The game was originally scheduled to be played at Warren but had to be moved to Gallia Academy because the WHS diamond was not ready for play. The Blue Devils will now travel to Vincent on April 16 for the SEOAL rematch.