CENTENARY, Ohio — It’s hard to win if you don’t score.
The Gallia Academy baseball team was held scoreless Friday night, as Southeastern Ohio Athletic League guest Warren claimed a 3-0 win, at Eastman Ball Field.
The Blue Devils (7-6, 1-3 SEOAL) had their best chance to score in the bottom of the fourth inning, but committed two outs in scoring position to let WHS (6-5, 3-1) escape the inning unscathed.
Warren scored the first runs of the game in the top of the fifth inning, as Jake Davis singled home Trace Schafer and Drew Huffman, with two outs. WHS added another run in the top of the sixth inning, when Huffman singled home Schafer.
The Blue Devils loaded the bases with two outs in the sixth inning but failed to score as the Warriors got a fly-out to end the inning. After a leadoff single to start the bottom of the seventh, GAHS had three straight ground-outs to end the game, allowing Warren to take the 3-0 decision.
Tanner Neal earned the pitching victory for the Warriors, allowing nine hits, while striking out one batter in a complete game shutout. GAHS junior Jeremy Brumfield was the losing pitcher of record, after striking out one and allowing three earned runs on nine hits and two walks.
Gallia Academy senior Eric Ward was 2-for-4 at the plate to lead the hosts, while Brumfield, Kole Carter, Anthony Sipple, Ryan Terry, John Stout, Josh Faro and Braden Simms each had one single in the setback.
Huffman was 2-for-3 with one run scored and one RBI to lead the Warriors, while Schafer was 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Davis was 1-for-4 with two runs batted in for WHS, while Neal, Brice Gandee, Chase Weihl and Trace Congleton each singled once. Congleton had the game’s lone stolen base in the second inning.
Warren also defeated the Blue Devils on April 5, by a 6-5 count in Vincent.
WHS left nine runners on base in the win, while Gallia Academy stranded 10 runners. Both teams committed one error in the tilt.
The Blue Devils faced Coal Grove in Ohio Valley Conference action on Saturday, and will return to the diamond on Monday, when Ironton visits Eastman Ball Field.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.