CENTENARY, Ohio — A jack of all trades.
Gallia Academy senior Violet Pelfrey threw a no-hitter and also capped a five-run second with a three-run homer, which ultimately allowed the Blue Angels to secure a 5-0 victory Monday night over visiting River Valley in a non-conference softball matchup in Gallia County.
Pelfrey allowed just six baserunners and struck out 10 in the no-hit effort, which included five walks and an error. Half of those Lady Raider baserunners managed to reach second base, and only one made it as far as third.
GAHS (1-0) pounded out eight hits in the triumph and also benefited from three River Valley errors, which included a big miscue during the five-run second.
Kiersten Stanley received a one-out walk and advanced to second on an error that allowed Maknezie Barr ro reach safely, then Micah Curfman was walked to load the bases with one away. Kendra Barnes followed with a walk that allowed Stanley to score, giving the hosts an early 1-0 lead.
Madie Burns followed by grounding out to second, which allowed Barr to come around with another run and a 2-0 edge. Pelfrey followed by blasting the first pitch she saw over the left-center wall, giving GAHS a comfortable 5-0 cushion through two full frames.
The Blue Angels had other opportunities to score down the stretch, as the hosts left at least one runner stranded on the bags in their next four at-bats. River Valley (1-1) also left one runner stranded in every inning the rest of the way, with the exception of the top of the seventh.
Gallia Academy left eight on base and committed one error, while the guests left six on the bags and had three errors. Bethany Gilbert struck out three and walked five over six innings of work for RVHS in the setback.
Chelsea Copley was the only Lady Raiders to reach base twice in the contest, drawing a pair of walks. Gilbert, Libby Leach and Erin Morgan each walked once and Katie Mares reached safely on the lone GAHS error.
Pelfrey led the hosts with two hits and three RBIs, while Barnes, Burns, Stanley, Barr, Alex Brumfield and Maggie Westfall all chipped in a safety apiece to the winning cause.