PEDRO, Ohio — The Blue Angels, as part of the Queen of the Hill, were much higher than the ‘Valley’.
However, they couldn’t scale the Lady Highlanders.
On Saturday, as part of the Queen of the Hill softball season-opening invitational at Rock Hill High School, the Gallia Academy Blue Angels amounted a split — including a 15-1 mercy-rule win over Symmes Valley.
Against Huntington (W. Va.), Gallia Academy fell 7-3, allowing four sixth-inning runs — as the Highlanders pulled away from an early 3-1 advantage.
The contest against Symmes Valley was called following five-and-a-half innings with the mercy rule.
The Blue Angels scored three times on three hits apiece in the opening two innings, then erupted for eight runs on nine hits in the fourth for a 14-0 lead.
The Vikings then scored their only run in the bottom of the fourth — before the Blue Angels added their final tally in the fifth with their final unearned run.
Kimberly Edelmann reached on an error, advanced to third on a passed ball, then scored on a RBI-single by Bailey Meadows.
The Blue Angels amassed their 15 runs on 16 hits, as eight of their points were actually unearned.
They took advantage of five Symmes Valley errors, as GAHS sophomore pitcher Hunter Copley allowed only one hit in the complete-game win.
Ross singled in the fourth for the Vikings, as their only run was unearned thanks to Gallia Academy’s only error.
Otherwise, Copley walked just two and struck out six — as she retired the Vikings 1-2-3 in the second, third and fifth frames.
Copley and her battery mate —senior catcher Jenna Meadows — each went 3-for-4 to pace the Blue Angels at the plate.
Meadows, in fact, mashed a three-run home run in the second stanza to make it 6-0 —before her two-run single in the fourth.
She finished with five runs batted in.
Bailey Meadows mustered two hits and four RBI, including her two-run double in the fourth frame.
Copley added an RBI-double in the fourth, in which the Blue Angels sent a dozen batters to the dish.
Paxton Roberts and Alex Barnes bagged two singles apiece, as Roberts recorded a pair of RBI.
Edelmann, Kenedie Roush and Ryleigh Caldwell collected RBI-singles, while Carly Shriver secured a single as well.
Caldwell, Barnes and Jenna Meadows managed three runs scored, while Copley crossed twice.
In the loss to the Highlanders, the Blue Angels answered Huntington’s initial run in the opening inning, but the Highlanders —on the strength of two runs in the third and four more in the sixth — opened up a 7-1 advantage.
None of Huntington’s runs were earned, as the Blue Angels helped the Highlanders by committing six errors.
Camryn Michallas, who allowed only two earned runs on five hits and two walks, pitched for the complete-game win.
She struck out 10 batters, and helped herself at the plate by going 2-for-3 with a double in the first inning and a three-run home run in the sixth.
Copley tossed the complete game for Gallia Academy, and walked three with one strikeout.
Jenna Meadows tied the tilt at 1-1 with a two-out solo home run in the bottom of the first, but the only baserunners Michallas allowed until the sixth were a Bailey Meadows single in the third and a Roberts single in the fifth.
In the sixth, Copley led off with a single and Barnes reached on an error, as Copley crossed on Roberts’ RBI-single.
Barnes then scored on a passed ball to make it 7-3.
In the seventh, Bailey Meadows and Caldwell reached on one-out walks, but were stranded at third and second to end the game.
Gallia Academy, Symmes Valley and Huntington were part of 16 squads at the Queen of the Hill.
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106