BEAVER, Ohio — In losing at Eastern, the Rebels didn’t get a chance to play at Eastern.
That’s because the South Gallia High School baseball team, in only amounting one baserunner while giving up seven runs early on, suffered a 10-0 shutout loss at the Pike Eastern Eagles on Saturday in a Division IV sectional semifinal.
While only four Eagles appeared at the plate in the opening inning and no runs scored, host Eastern erupted with seven runs in the second stanza —sending 11 batters to the dish in the process.
The Eagles then scored single points in the final three frames, thus posting the 10-0 blanking — and advancing to play at Meigs Eastern on Tuesday in the sectional championship.
The contest was called following the fifth inning with the 10-run mercy rule.
Pike Eastern is the sixth-seeded squad in the sectional, while Meigs Eastern is the third seed.
First pitch is set for 5 p.m.
The 11th-seeded Rebels, meanwhile, fell to 1-22 — having also been blanked by visiting Trimble (11-0 and 14-0) in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division doubleheader on Friday.
In Saturday’s shutout, the Eagles amassed 10 runs on 14 hits with nine of those runs being batted in.
Cole Haislop and Austin Canaday collected three hits apiece, as Haislop had three runs scored and Canaday two.
Austin Perry, Clay Martin and Dalton Tomlison tallied two RBI apiece, as Martin mashed a two-run double in the second.
Parker Clemmons, who pitched the one-hit complete-game gem for Eastern, clinched the mercy rule with his RBI-double in the fifth.
Clemmons and Evan Leist landed two hits apiece, as Leist crossed Canaday with an RBI-single in the fourth to make it 9-0.
Ethan Leist lauded a run-scoring single, as Tomlison and Perry produced singles as well.
The only baserunner for the Rebels was a one-out single by senior Levi Walters in the third.
Clemmons retired the Rebels 1-2-3 in the first, second, fourth and fifth frames, and posted eight strikeouts —including the side to end the game.
He struck out two apiece in the first and third.
South Gallia, which defeated Federal Hocking both last season and this season for its only two wins in the past four years, concludes its season on Tuesday at Federal Hocking.
The Rebels rallied past the Lancers 13-12 for their only win of this campaign two weeks ago.
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106
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