CENTENARY, Ohio — If they don’t score, you can’t lose.
The Gallia Academy baseball team allowed just four baserunners Monday night, as the Blue Devils topped guest Unioto by a 5-0 count in a sectional semifinal tilt in Gallia County.
Gallia Academy (17-4) broke through in the bottom of the firsy inning when Ty Warnimont reached on an error and was driven in by Gustin Graham. GAHS added on again in the bottom of the second when Eric Sheets found his way home after being hit by a pitch.
Graham singled home Warnimont again in the third inning, while Anthony Sipple brought home Gage Childers in the fifth to push the Blue Devil advantage to 4-0. Sheets scored for the second time in the game on a sixth-inning passed ball, giving GAHS the 5-0 lead headed into the seventh. A pair of strikeouts and a groundball to second base ended the Shermans night and advanced the Blue Devils to the sectional final.
The winning pitcher of record for GAHS was senior Gustin Graham, who allowed just one hit and one walk in seven shutout innings. Graham struck out eight batters and sent away the final nine batters in order.
Staten suffered the loss for UHS after allowing four runs, three earned on six hits and two walks in 4.2 innings of work. Anderson threw 1.1 innings in relief and allowed a run on two hits. Anderson struck out two batters, while Staten fanned one.
Graham also led the offensive attack for GAHS with three singles and two runs batted in. Anthony Sipple had a single and an RBI for the Blue and White, while Gage Childers marked a double. Eric Sheets, Ty Warnimont and Kole Carter each had a single for the victors. Warnimont and Sheets each scored twice, while Childers crossed the plate once. Sheets marked a game-high three stolen bases, followed by Warnimont with one.
McCalla had the lone hit for Unioto, a two-out single in the third inning.
GAHS finished with five runs, eight hits, two errors and six runners left on base, while Unioto had no runs, one hit, one error and four runners left on base.
The Blue Devils have now won six consecutive games and will host Minford in the sectional final on Thursday. The Falcons defeated Athens by an 11-3 county in Minford in their sectional semifinal on Monday.