CENTENARY, Ohio — Just like flipping a light switch.
The Gallia Academy baseball team held a one-run lead through five innings of Wednesday night’s Ohio Valley Conference clash with Portsmouth, at Eastman Ball Field. Then the Blue Devils scored nine times in the sixth inning to claim the 13-3 mercy rule win.
The Trojans took full advantage of two GAHS (6-5, 2-1 OVC) errors in the top of the first inning, as the guests scored three runs on one hit and two walks.
Gallia Academy got one run back in the bottom of the first, as Kole Carter drew a base on balls, stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch and then scored on a passed ball.
After back-to-back scoreless frames, GAHS got another run back in the bottom of the fourth inning as Ryan Terry singled home Anthony Sipple.
John Stout doubled and later scored in the bottom of the fifth inning to tie the game at three. With two outs in the fifth frame, Sipple singled home Carter to give the hosts their first lead of the night.
Gallia Academy’s first 10 batters of the sixth inning reached safely, four via base hit, three on free passes and three more on PHS errors. Marcus Moore drove in Eric Ward with a sac-fly to drive the final nail in the Blue Devils’ 13-3 mercy rule victory.
Carter started, threw five innings and earned the pitching victory for the Blue and White, allowing three unearned runs on two hits and six walks, while striking out four batters. Moore was credited the save after striking out two batters in one perfect inning of relief.
Ryan Williams took the pitching loss for Portsmouth, after allowing 10 runs, seven earned, on seven hits and three walks. Williams pitched five innings and struck out three batters. Potts finished the game on the mound for PHS and he allowed three runs, one earned, on three hits, while recording two outs.
Sipple and Ward both went 2-for-4 with two singles and one RBI to lead the victors, with Sipple scoring twice and stealing two bases, and Ward scoring once and stealing one base.
Stout doubled once, scored twice and stole one base, Carter singled once, scored three times, drove in two runs and stole two bases, while Bailey singled once, scored once, drove in two runs and stole one base. Terry singled once, scored once, stole one base and had one RBI, Braden Simms was 1-for-2 with a single and a run scored, while Jeremy Brumfield was 1-for-2 with a single and one RBI.
Moore scored once and drove in one run for the Blue Devils, while Tanner Allen scored once and stole one base.
Ty Oliver recorded both of the Trojans hits and he scored once in the setback, while Dylan Mullins and Zach Delotell both scored once for Portsmouth.
Gallia Academy had two errors and four runners left on base in the win, while the Trojans had four errors and left seven runners stranded.
This victory marks the 200th win for GAHS 13-year head coach Rich Corivn.
“Twelve years ago this was a football and basketball school,” Corvin said. “For a baseball program to get 200 wins is quite an accomplishment. I learned back at the first coaching clinic that I went to, surround yourself with good people and that’s how you’re successful.”
The Blue Devils will try to sweep Portsmouth on April 29, in Scioto County. Gallia Academy continued OVC play on Thursday at Rock Hill, and will host Warren on Friday in a Southeastern Ohio Athletic League tilt.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.