PROCTORVILLE, Ohio — Simply put, Hunter Copley doused the fire from the Fairland Dragons on Wednesday.
Copley — Gallia Academy’s freshman pitcher — kept the host Dragons off the board until the sixth inning, en route to the Blue Angels amassing a 6-1 victory in an Ohio Valley Conference softball bout.
With the win, Gallia Academy ends a two-game losing skid, and raises its record to 2-1 in the OVC — part of 4-2 overall.
The Blue Angels, which blanked Ironton 11-0 in the OVC opener, were on the wrong end of a 7-1 outcome at South Point on Monday.
Gallia Academy also lost a 3-2 decision at Warren on Tuesday.
But by scoring a single run in the third inning, followed by three runs in the fourth and two more in the seventh, the Blue Angels got themselves back on track at Fairland.
Copley crafted a complete game by allowing only five hits with three walks while striking out nine.
The Dragons did strand seven runners, as Copley faced four batters apiece in the first, third, fourth and fifth frames, followed by retiring the side 1-2-3 in the last.
Fairland’s only run was scored by Fridley, who tripled to lead off the sixth.
She singled in the fourth as well, but was left stranded at third.
Mollie Morris singled in the first and fifth innings for Fairland, but was stranded at third in the first and at second in the fifth.
Allison Shepherd was the losing pitcher for Fairland, going the distance with Copley — but allowing six runs on nine hits and five walks.
Shepherd struck out six.
Carley Shriver singled three times to pace Gallia Academy, as Copley, Paxton Roberts, Kimberly Edelmann, MaKenzie Barr, Shelby Long and Ryleigh Caldwell collected the other six hits.
Barr’s basehit was a double to lead off the fifth.
The Blue Angels got their first run when Copley walked to lead off the third, stole second, went to third on an overthrow, and then scored on an RBI off the bat of Roberts.
Gallia Academy added three runs on three hits in the fourth, including RBI-singles by Caldwell and Copley.
Shriver scored after leading off the inning with a walk, while Jenna Meadows made it 4-0 with a sacrifice fly.
In the seventh, the Blue Angels combined two singles, an error, a walk and an RBI by Long on a fielder’s choice for their final two runs.
Shriver’s RBI-single to score Lexi Polinsky, who walked, made it 6-1.
Copley crossed twice with Shriver and Caldwell scoring in the fourth — and Barr and Polinsky scoring in the seventh.
The Blue Angels, at 0-1 in the Southeastern Ohio Athletic League after the loss at Warren, will look to even that record when they host Logan today (Friday, April 8).
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106