Pointers rally past Gallia Academy, 5-3

By Alex Hawley - ahawley@civitasmedia.com

CENTENARY, Ohio — Now that’s coming back to finish what you started.

The South Point baseball team led 1-0 on Tuesday night, but Ohio Valley Conference host Gallia Academy came back to score the next three runs. However, the Pointers scored four runs over the final two innings and took the 5-3 victory, on Eastman Ball Field.

South Point jumped out to the 1-0 lead in the top of the first, when Chris Woodard doubled and the scored on a GAHS (10-7, 7-2 OVC) error.

The Blue Devils grabbed the lead in the bottom half of the first, as designated hitter Jeremy Brumfield singled home Matt Bailey and Anthony Sipple. The hosts added on to the lead in the bottom of the fourth, when Kole Carter drove in Tanner Allen.

SPHS pulled within one run in the top of the sixth frame, when Brandon Layne scored on a passed ball. The Pointers tied the game with one out in the top of the seventh, as Tanner Hall scored on an error.

Drew Smith singled home Douglas Shaffer and then scored on a passed ball, to give the Pointers a 5-3 lead. GAHS went hitless in the final frame and fell by a 5-3 final.

Shaffer was the winning pitcher of record, allowing three earned runs on nine hits and one walk, while striking out one batter in a complete game effort.

Sipple suffered the loss in relief for the Blue Devils, allowing two unearned runs on one hit and two walks in one inning of work. GAHS starting pitcher Marcus Moore pitched six frames and allowed three unearned runs on five hits and three walks. Moore struck out five batters, while Sipple struck out two.

The Blue Devils were led by Bailey, with one double, one single, one run scored and one stolen base, and Sipple, with two singles, one run scored and one stolen base. Ryan Terry singled twice, Brumfield singled once and drove in two runs, while John Stout and Zach Graham both singled once in the setback. Allen scored one run for the Blue and White, while Carter drove in one run.

Shaffer led the Pointers at the plate with two hits and one run scored, while Woodard doubled once and scored once. Layne had one hit, one run scored and two stolen bases, Logan Wade had one hit and one RBI, while Brandin Jackson singled once. Hall and Smith both scored once for the Blue and Gold.

After a meeting Fairland on Thursday, GAHS will return to action on Monday, at Coal Grove.

Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.

By Alex Hawley