CENTENARY, Ohio — By going deep — not once, not twice, but three times — the Blue Angels indeed made their point against visiting South Point.
That’s because the Gallia Academy High School softball squad, on the strength of three two-out solo home runs, slipped past the Pointers 4-1 on Monday in the Ohio Valley Conference opener.
Gallia Academy catcher Jenna Meadows mashed a solo shot in the bottom of the first — followed by blasts in the fourth and sixth innings by battery mate Hunter Copley.
Those two homers were the first of the sophomore Copley’s career.
But the key was that all three home runs were with two outs —never mind that all three went to left field and against the wind.
The Blue Angels’ other run was in the third frame, when Meadows was intentionally walked to lead off —and eventually scored on the combination of a Kimberly Edelmann single and a Pointer error.
With the victory, the Blue Angels evened their record to 2-2 — as they faced Fairland on Tuesday for an opportunity to open OVC play at 2-0.
“To start the OVC (Ohio Valley Conference) with a win, that’s what we’re looking for. We’re looking for a league championship,” said GAHS coach Scott Stanley. “I think we’re going in the right direction. We got two home runs from Hunter (Copley) and one from Jenna (Meadows), and all three of them were good shots to left field against the wind. Defensively, we played well. I’m happy with our defense. I just want to get our batting up a little bit.”
The three solo shots and Edelmann’s single accounted for half of Gallia Academy’s hits — which also included a Bailey Meadows single in the first, an Alex Barnes single in the fifth, and a pair of bunt basehits by Paxton Roberts in the fourth and sixth.
The Blue Angels also stranded eight runners, as Copley was walked.
Speaking of Copley, she pitched a complete-game one-run gem, allowing only five hits and one walk while striking out seven.
The Blue Angels only committed one error, as Copley faced four Pointers apiece in the opening four frames — before retiring the side 1-2-3 in the fifth and sixth.
Up until the seventh, the Pointers’ only hits were singles by Sara Allen in the first, Sophie Morrison in the third, and Laken Adkins in the fourth.
Adkins also drew a one-one walk in the second, but was erased when Copley induced Leah Lawson into a 6-4 fielder’s choice.
South Point pushed across its only point in the seventh —when Adkins doubled with one out, then Reece Duncan singled in Adkins with two outs.
Abby Hannah had the complete-game pitching performance for South Point, allowing three earned runs with four strikeouts.
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