JACKSON, Ohio — Better late than never.
After spotting host Jackson a 6-0 lead through four complete, the Gallia Academy baseball team rallied with a dozen unanswered runs over the final three frames Wednesday night to claim a 12-6 victory in a Southeastern Ohio Athletic League matchup at Haller Field.
The visiting Blue Devils (6-3, 3-0 SEOAL) outhit the Ironmen (2-1 SEOAL) by a comfortable 15-4 margin, which also included a sizable 10-1 discrepency over the final three innings. JHS also had two of the three errors in the contest.
Jackson led 2-0 after two and 5-0 through three complete, then tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the fourth to secure a 6-0 advantage through four complete. GAHS outhit the Ironmen by a 5-3 margin up to that point and had also stranded six runners on the bases.
But all of that changed in the fifth, as the guests plated three runs after sending eight batters to the plate. Gallia Academy sent eight more batters to the plate in the sixth, which also resulted in three scores — tying the game at 6-all through six complete.
The Blue Devils then sent 12 hitters to the plate in the seventh, which led to six scores and a 12-6 lead headed into the finale. Jackson went down in order, giving GAHS sole possession of the lead early in the SEOAL standings.
Gallia Academy starter Justin Bailey went the distance for the winning decision, allowing two earned runs, four hits and seven walks while fanning eight. Massie took the loss for Jackson, allowing six earned runs, five hits and four walks in an inning of relief.
Jimmy Clagg led the guests with five hits, followed by Bobby Dunlap with three safeties. Ty Warnimont and John Faro both added two hits, while Bailey, Drew Young and Gus Graham rounded things out with one safety each. Dunlap drove in a game-high five RBIs, while Warnimont and Faro both scored three times in the triumph.
Neal, Abrams, Parks and Spriggs each had a hit for Jackson. Spriggs drove in two runs and Parks scored twice in the setback.