PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — The Gallia Academy baseball team picked up its fifth straight victory Thursday night following a 13-8 decision over host Parkersburg South in a non-conference matchup in Wood County.
The Blue Devils (16-4) never trailed in the contest as the guests stormed out to leads of 4-0 and 9-0 through the first two innings of play. The Patriots rallied with a six-run outburst in the bottom of the fourth to pull to within three, but ultimately never came closer the rest of the way.
GAHS added a run in the fifth and three more in the sixth for a 13-6 cushion through six complete, and the hosts managed only two scores in the seventh before running out of outs — allowing the Blue Devils to secure the five-run triumph.
Gallia Academy outhit the Patriots by a 13-8 overall margin. Both teams committed four errors and left six runners on base.
Anthony Sipple was the winning pitcher of record after allowing six runs (five earned), six hits and two walks over three innings while striking out three. Gustin Graham worked four innings of relief and allowed two runs (one earned), two hits and one walk while fanning eight.
Hunter Delong suffered the loss for PSHS after surrendering nine runs (seven earned), seven hits and one walk over 1.1 innings on the mound. Matt Simmons and Tyler Parsons also worked in relief for the hosts.
Kole Carter led the guests with three hits, followed by Ty Warnimont, Gustin Graham and Seth Wills with two safeties apiece. Sipple, Eric Sheets, Eric Ward and Alex White also added a hit each to the winning cause.
Sipple drove in a team-best four RBIs and Wills knocked in two runs. Wills also scored three times, while Graham, Sipple and Gage Childers each came plateward twice.
Josh Wells and Damon Gandee each had two hits for Parkersburg South, followed by Tyler Berry, Alex Simon, Josh Hall and Caleb Wells with a safety apiece. Josh Wells drove in a team-best three RBIs, while Berry and Dylan Cress each scored twice in the setback.