CENTENARY, Ohio — A good night to have a good night.
The Gallia Academy baseball team won its eighth consecutive decision and also remained unbeaten in Southeastern Ohio Athletic League play following an inspired 6-3 victory over visiting Warren Wednesday night at Bob Eastman Ball Field in Gallia County.
The Blue Devils (13-3, 6-0 SEOAL) maintained their sole perch atop the league standings by establishing a 5-0 lead through four innings for starter Brandon Taylor, who was more than efficient in his complete-game decision. Taylor allowed just three runs, six hits and three walks over seven frames, as the senior threw 105 pitches and recorded four strikeouts in the triumph.
GAHS outhit the Warriors (6-6, 2-4) by a 10-6 overall margin and also had only one error, compared to two miscues by the guests. Garrett Kennedy took the loss for WHS after surrendering six runs (five earned), 10 hits and two walks over five innings.
The Blue Devils stormed out to a 3-0 edge after one inning, then tacked on a run apiece in the second and fourth frames for a comfortable 5-0 cushion after four complete. Warren countered with two run in the top of the fifth to pull within three, but the hosts answered with an insurance run in their half of the inning for a 6-2 lead.
Both teams went scoreless in the sixth and Warren managed a run in the seventh, but Taylor induced Austin Henthorn to fly out to left — wrapping up the season sweep. GAHS also posted a 13-1 decision at WHS back on March 28.
Drew Young and Justin Bailey both led the Blue Devils with two hits, followed by Ty Warnimont, John Faro, Jimmy Clagg, Bobby Dunlap, Gus Graham and Zach Thomas with one safety each. Bailey and Dunlap both drove in two RBIs, while Warnimont, Faro, Bailey, Clagg, Young and Graham also score a run apiece in the decision.
Ethan Estes paced Warren with two hits, scored once and drove in a run. Landon Kern and Tyler Ward each drove in a run, while Zach McKenna and Jeremy Hastie scored a run apiece.