MINFORD — There are no sure things.
The seventh seeded South Gallia softball team gave Leesburg Fairfield a run for it’s money Thursday night in Scioto County but fell to the third seeded Lady Lions 5-2.
Fairfield (19-9) struck for two runs in the top of the first frame to take the early lead. South Gallia (9-14) rallied in the home half of the first with four consecutive one-out hits by Sara Bailey, Meghan Caldwell, Chandra Canaday, and Ellie Bostic to push one run across. Tori Duncan grounded into a double-play to end the potential big inning.
SGHS nor FHS could crack the score board in the second inning and the Lady Lions clung to a 2-1 lead. The Lady Lions pair of hits in the third but failed to score, leaving the door open for SGHS. The Lady Rebels’ Canaday broke through with a two-out hit and later scored to tie the game up at two apiece. Fairfield again escaped a big inning, leaving a pair of Lady Rebels on base.
Three South Gallia errors paired with one hit and two walks allowed the Lady Lions to score three runs in the fourth and take the 5-2 lead. After sitting South Gallia down in order in the fourth Fairfield’s first two runners in the fifth reached base. The Lady Rebels got three straight outs and escaped unscathed.
Canaday singled with two outs and proceeded to swipe second base but Fairfields Lauren Larrick recorded her seventh “k” of the game to retire the side. The top of the sixth began with two quick outs but Shelby Smithson singled to prolong the Lady Lions inning. Canaday bounced back and retired the next batter to end the frame.
Tori Duncan led the South Gallia sixth off with a base on balls and after a quick out was advanced to second on the Lesley Small single. A sacrifice by Alicia Hornsby advanced both Duncan and Small into scoring position, but SGHS could not cut into the deficit trailed by three.
Three consecutive two-out singles put Fairfield into striking distance again but SGHS escaped with one last chance. Two out hits by Canaday and Bostic put SGHS in scoring position but Larrick got the ground out she needed to give the Lady Lions the victory.
Canaday was credited with the loss after giving up five runs on seven hits. Canaday struck out struck out one batter while walking three in a complete game effort.
Larrick earned the victory after giving up two runs on nine hits. Larrick struck out nine in a complete game effort.
Canaday led SGHS with a 4-for-4 performance, followed by Bostic with two hits. Caldwell, Bailey, and Small had one hit each for the Lady Rebels. Bailey and Canaday each scored a run for the Lady Rebels.
Taylor Butler led FHS with two hits on the night while Courtney Huff led with two runs scored.
The Lady Rebels also made it to the district semi-final last season where they fell to Clay 7-2.
Playing their final games for South Gallia were seniors Chandra Canaday, Christina Howell, Lauren Saunders, Maigen Rainey, Tori Duncan, and Courtney Blackburn.