JACKSON, Ohio — The road was unkind to the Gallia Academy softball team Wednesday night during a 3-2 setback to Jackson in a Southeastern Ohio Athletic League matchup in the Apple City.
The three-time defending league champion Blue Angels (4-3, 2-1 SEOAL) trailed 2-0 through three complete, but the guests rallied with two runs in the fourth to knot things up at two through four full frames.
The score remained that way until the bottom of the sixth, when the host Ironladies (6-1, 3-0) made their big move of the night.
Kelly Hughes led the inning off with a double, then advanced to third on a one-out single Samantha Humphreys. Jenzen Oberholzer was issued a free pass to load the bases and Kacee Jenkins delivered a sacrifice fly to center — allowing Hughes to score the eventual game-winning run.
The Blue Angels led the seventh off with a leadoff walk to Rachel Morris, but Jackson followed with three consecutive outs to secure the one-run decision and sole possession of first place in the SEOAL standings. Both teams had five hits and one error in the contest.
Kacee Jenkins was the winning pitcher of record, allowing two earned runs and one walk over seven frames while striking out four. Heather Ward took the loss after surrendering two earned runs and six walks over six innings while fanning six.
Kendra Barnes, Kanessa Snyder, Mattie Lanham, Maggie Westfall and Chelsy Slone each had a hit in the setback. Snyder and Lanham both drove in a run, while Snyder and Barnes scored on run apiece.
Hughes, Humphreys, Jessica Webb, Whitney Wills and Kari Jenkins provided a hit apiece to the winning cause. Kari Jenkins and Kacee Jenkins each drove in an RBI, while Webb, Wills and Hughes scored one run apiece.