CHESAPEAKE, Ohio — A slow start means nothing if you can finish like that.
The Gallia Academy softball team trailed Ohio Valley Conference host Chesapeake 3-1 through four innings on Monday night, but the Blue Angels outscored the Lady Panthers 7-1 over the final three frames, to take the 8-4 victory.
Neither team scored in the first two innings, and Gallia Academy (5-3, 3-1 OVC) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third, when Mackenzie Barr singled home Paxton Roberts with two outs.
Chesapeake took advantage of two GAHS errors in the bottom of the third, scoring three runs on two hits and one walk.
The Blue Angels pulled within one run in the top of the fifth frame, when Roberts singled home Ryleigh Caldwell. GAHS took the lead on the very next pitch, as Jenna Meadows doubled home Roberts and Hunter Copley.
CHS tied the game in the bottom of the fifth frame, when Ryleigh Swann singled home Brooke Webb, but GAHS junior Allie Clagg singled and scored on an error in the top of the sixth inning, giving the guests a 5-4 lead.
The Blue and White added some insurance in the top of the seventh inning, first when Carly Shriver singled home Barr, and again when Clagg singled home Shriver and Shelby Long.
Chesapeake was retired in order in the last two innings, as GAHS sealed the 8-4 win.
Copley struck out five and earned the pitching victory for the Blue Angels, allowing four runs, three earned, on six hits and three walks in a complete game effort.
Webb suffered the setback in the circle for CHS, as she allowed eight earned runs on 15 hits and one walk, while striking out nine in seven innings.
Copley led the GAHS offense, going 3-for-4 with one double, two singles, one run scored and one stolen base. Clagg was also 3-for-4, singling three times, while scoring once and driving in two runs.
Roberts went 2-for-4 with a triple, a single, two runs scored, one RBI and one stolen base, Barr was 2-for-4 with two singles, one run scored and one RBI, while Meadows was 1-for-3 with a double and two RBI.
Shriver singled once, scored once and drove in one run, Caldwell singled once, drove in one run and stole one base, Long singled once and scored once, while Cassidy Starnes singled once in the win.
Webb led the CHS offense with one double, one single, one run scored and two RBI in three at-bats, while Swann was 2-for-3 with two singles, one RBI and one stolen base. Robin Frye and Kelsey Huff both singled once and scored once for the Purple and White in the setback.
For the game, Chesapeake had one error and six runners left on base, while GAHS had three errors and seven runners stranded.
Gallia Academy will look to sweep Chesapeake on April 27, when these teams are scheduled to meet in Centenary.
The Blue Angels visited Jackson on Wednesday, and will resume OVC play on Thursday, when Portsmouth travels to Gallia County.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.