CENTENARY, Ohio — Finders keepers.
Once the Gallia Academy softball team gained the lead Friday night, the Blue Angels never gave it back following a 4-3 victory over visiting Portsmouth in a Southeastern Ohio Athletic League matchup at the Eastman Athletic Complex in Gallia County.
The Blue Angels (9-8, 4-4 SEOAL) trailed 3-2 through three innings of play, but the hosts rallied with two runs in the bottom of the fourth to secure a lead that they would ultimately never relinquish. The triumph allowed GAHS to claim a season sweep of the Lady Trojans, who dropped a 10-3 decision at PHS back on April 14.
Makenzie Barr delivered a one-out single to start the fourth, then later came around to score the tying run after Alex Brumfield tripled — making it a three-all contest. Brumfield scored one batter later following a single by Katie Ward, allowing the hosts to take their first and final lead of the night at 4-3.
PHS (0-6 SEOAL) produced a baserunner in each of its final three at-bats, but ultimately left three runners stranded at first base over the final three innings of play.
Both teams were tied at one after an inning of play, then Portsmouth took its biggest lead of the night after plating two runs in the third for a 3-1 edge. GAHS answered with a run in its half of the third to close to within 3-2 through three full frames.
The Blue Angels outhit the guests by a 9-7 overall margin and left three runners stranded on base, compared to four by the Lady Trojans. Both teams also committed an error apiece in the contest.
Violet Pelfrey was the winning pitcher of record after allowing three walks over seven innings while striking out nine, while Erica Seison suffered the tough-luck loss after surrendering one walk over six frames while fanning six.
Pelfrey and Micah Curfman led Gallia Academy with two hits apiece, followed by Barr, Brumfield, Ward, Kendra Barnes and Maggie Westfall with a safety each. Westfall, Pelfrey, Brumfield and Ward each drove in a run, while Westfall, Barr, Brumfield and Curfman each scored once in the triumph.
Keleigh Johnson, Gabby Guthrie and Peighton Williams each produced two hits in the setback, while Jada Jenkins also provided a hit for PHS. Jenkins scored a team-best two runs and Johnson added two RBIs for the guests.