CENTENARY, Ohio — Too little, too late.
The Gallia Academy baseball team posted a run in the seventh inning Tuesday night but couldn’t complete the comeback as non-conference guest Fairland escaped Gallia County with a 6-5 triumph over the Blue Devils.
Both the Blue Devils (1-1) and Dragons both marked a run in the first inning and FHS retook the lead in the top of the second with a run. GAHS took its first advantage of the evening with a two-run second inning, putting the score at 3-2.
Fairland, which tied the game in the top of the third, regained control with a run in the top of the fourth inning and led 4-3. Gallia Academy pushed a run across in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game once again but a two-run sixth by the guest put the Dragons back in the drivers seat. The Blue and White scored once in the seventh but Fairland claimed the 6-5 victory.
Adam Taylor earned the win for Fairland after throwing 5.1 innings in which he gave up nine hits and four runs. Collin Damron threw 1.1 innings and earned the save.
Gage Childers took the loss on the mound for GAHS but he did strike out eight batters in 5.2 innings.
Childers, Eric Sheets and Kole Carter were all 2-for-4 for GAHS, while Anthony Sipple and Matt Bailey each posted 1-for-4 efforts at the plate.
Fairland’s offense was led by Trace Adkins with two hits, while Kyle Sowards, Collin Damon, Tyler Campbell, Dylan Murphy, Luke Phillips and Adam Taylor each had one hit.
GAHS will have a second shot at the Dragons on April 10, when the Blue Devils visit Proctorville.