CENTENARY, Ohio — The offense was clicking.
The Gallia Academy baseball team sent at least nine batters to the plate and scored four runs in each of its four innings with the sticks Monday night, which ultimately allowed the hosts to roll on to a 20-0 victory over River Valley in a non-conference matchup at Eastman Ball Field in Gallia County.
The Blue Devils (1-0) started the game by allowing Austin Barber to reach safely on an error, but the Blue and White made amends moments later as Barber was thrown out at the plate by Gustin Graham following a single by Trey Farley. Graham’s throw and subsequent tag by Ty Warnimont allowed GAHS to end the inning unscathed.
The Raiders (0-1) would go on to produce just three more hits and five more baserunners in the contest, with only one making it to second base.
Gallia Academy produced four runs on four hits in the first inning, then belted out five runs on two hits and a walk in the second frame to secure an early 9-0 advantage.
The big inning came in the bottom of the third, as the hosts sent 12 batters to the plate — which resulted in seven runs on four hits and two walks. RVHS also committed an error apiece in the first and third frames, which also aided the hosts in claiming a 16-0 edge through three complete.
The Blue Devils finished things off with four runs on six hits in the bottom of the fourth, which gave the hosts a sizable 20-0 cushion headed into the fifth. The Raiders produced a hit in the fifth, but ultimately went down in order to wrap up the mercy-rule outcome.
GAHS outhit the guests by a sizable 16-4 overall margin and had eight different players produce at least one RBI in the triumph. Ten different Blue Devils also scored in the rout.
Gage Childers led the hosts with five hits, followed by Ty Warnimont with four hits and Kole Carter with two safeties. Alex White, Anthony Sipple, Seth Wells, Matt Bailey and Zach Graham also added a hit apiece to the winning cause.
Sipple, Carter and Zach Graham each led GAHS with three RBIs, while Warnimont, Childers and Gustin Graham scored three runs apiece. Barber, Farley, Tyler Cline and Tim Kemper had a hit apiece for the Raiders.
Anthony Sipple was the winning pitcher of record after striking out three and walking two over three innings of work. Farley took the loss after surrendering nine runs, five hits and a walk over 1.1 innings of work while striking out two.