PORTSMOUTH, Ohio — Halfway there.
The Gallia Academy baseball team remained unbeaten in league play midway through the Southeastern Ohio Athletic League season Monday night following an 11-0 victory in five innings over host Portsmouth in Scioto County.
The Blue Devils (6-1, 4-0 SEOAL) were solid in all facets of the game, as the guests outhit the Trojans (0-2 SEOAL) by a 9-2 overall margin while storming out to a 9-0 advantage through two complete. GAHS tacked on two more scores in the fifth and held on for the mercy-rule decision.
Ty Warnimont and Gage Childers led the game off by consecutively being hit by pitches, then Anthony Sipple produced a two-out single that plated Warnimont for an early 1-0 edge. Childers later scored on a successful double-steal by Sipple, making it a 2-0 contest.
GAHS sent 11 batters to the plate in the second frame, which resulted in seven runs on four hits and three walks — making it a 9-0 contest.
Gustin Graham delivered a two-out single in the fifth, then Eric Sheets was hit by a pitch. Sipple followed with a two-RBI double to left-center, wrapping up the scoring at 11-0.
The Blue Devils — winners of five straight contests — received a pitching gem from starter Marcus Moore, who allowed just two hits over five innings of work. Moore struck out eight and issued zero walks in the win.
Schackart suffered the loss for PHS after surrendering nine runs, six hits and six walks over four innings while fanning three.
Seth Wills led the Blue Devils with three hits, followed by Sipple and Graham with two safeties each. Warnimont and Kole Carter also added a hit apiece to the winning cause.
Sipple led the guests with three RBIs, followed by Wills with two. Warnimont, Childers, Graham and Sheets each scored twice in the triumph.
Williams and Lisath each had a hit for Portsmouth. GAHS committed the only error in the contest.