LUCASVILLE, Ohio — After starting the season two losses, the Gallia Academy baseball team has now won five straight games and eight of its last nine decisions following a sweep of host Lucasville Valley Saturday in a non-conference doubleheader in Scioto County.
The Blue Devils (10-3) rallied back from a 5-2 deficit to claim a 13-6 victory in the opener, then scored twice in the top of the seventh to notch a 7-6 decision in the nightcap. The guests outhit the Indians (6-4) by a combined 18-17 margin in the twinbill, and the hosts also committed two errors in the opener while GAHS had just one miscue in the finale.
Gallia Academy led 2-0 after a half inning of Game 1, but the hosts responded with five runs in the second to secure a 5-2 edge through two complete. GAHS answered with three runs in the third, fourth and fifth frames for an 11-5 edge, but Valley countered with a run in the fifth for a five-run deficit through five complete.
The Blue Devils — who outhit LVHS by an 11-10 clip — tacked on two insurance runs in the sixth to wrap up the 13-6 decision. Brandon Taylor was the winning pitcher of record, while Nate Arnett took the loss for the Indians.
Justin Bailey and Jimmy Clagg led the guests with three hits apiece, followed by John Faro with two safeties. Ty Warnimont, Bobby Dunlap and Zach Thomas also added a hit apiece to the winning cause. Clagg drove in four RBIs and Bailey scored three times to pace GAHS.
C.J. Burk and Will Howard both had two hits for Valley, and both Rowe and Keller drove in two runs.
The Blue Devils jumped out to a 5-0 advantage through four frames of the finale, but the Indians countered with a run in the fifth and five runs in the sixth to take a 6-5 cushion into the seventh frame. GAHS tacked on a pair of scores in the seventh for a 7-6 edge, then held on to wrap up the come-from-behind triumph.
Bobby Dunlap was the winning pitcher of record, while Ethan Clark-Holbrook took the loss for the hosts. Both teams managed seven hits in Game 2.
Faro paced the guests with three hits, followed by Warnimont, Dunlap, Taylor and Kyle Saunders with a safety each. Faro — who was a perfect 5-for-5 at the plate Saturday — drove in three runs and scored twice in the nightcap.
Arnett led Valley with two hits, two runs scored and also drove in two RBIs.
Gallia Academy also defeated Portsmouth Friday by a 17-1 count in SEOAL play. No details of that contest were available at press time.
Sports writer Cody Leist of the Portsmouth Daily Times in Portsmouth, Ohio contributed to this report.