ATHENS, Ohio — Timely hitting propels the Braves past the Blue Devils.
The Gallia Academy and Logan Elm baseball teams both marked seven hits in Monday night’s Division II Southeast District semifinal at Bob Wren Stadium, but the Braves claimed the 8-2 victory and the spot in the final.
Logan Elm (14-10) scored twice in the opening inning on an error but Gallia Academy (18-5) answered. The Blue Devils’ Kole Carter scored on a Eric Sheets single in the the top of second , while Gustin Graham tied the game on a Seth Wills single in the top of the third.
The Braves countered with four runs in the third inning to regain control. LEHS added a pair of insurance runs in the sixth inning and held on for the 8-2 victory.
Casey Tyler struck out six and earned the victory for Logan Elm, while allowing two runs on seven hits and two walks in seven innings. The losing pitcher of record was Blue Devils senior Gustin Graham, who allowed eight runs, six earned, on six hits, two walks and two hit batters. Graham struck out five batters in the setback. Marcus Moore threw .2 innings in relief for GAHS and allowed one hit.
Eric Sheets led Gallia Academy with two hits, including a double, while Ty Warnimont, Gage Childers, Gustin Graham, Seth Wills and Anthony Sipple each marked a single. Graham and Kole Carter each scored, while Wills and Sheets each had an RBI. Warnimont and Carter each stole a base in the loss.
Logan Elm was led by Curtis Lands with two hits, while Evan McDonald, Hobey Karr, Bowen Boldoser, Seth Baldwin and Alex Bower each had one hit. McDonald scored twice, while Lands, Karr, Adam Wood, Sheumaker and Jacoby Lewis each scored once. Bower, McDonald, Karr, Boldoser and Baldwin each had an RBI, while Lewis and Sheumaker each stole a base.
The Braves will face Jackson in the district final on Wednesday at Bob Wren Stadium. This marks the final game for GAHS seniors Ty Warnimont, Gustin Graham, Gage Childers and Griffin Stanley.