ROCKSPRINGS, Ohio — The sweet, sweet taste of revenge.
The Gallia Academy softball team — which dropped an 11-4 decision to Meigs on March 30 — avenged that loss on Thursday night at Dreams Field, topping the host Lady Marauders by 11-10 count, after scoring the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh.
The Blue Angels (11-6) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the opening inning, when Ryleigh Caldwell drove in Alex Barnes. However, Meigs (14-3) answered in the bottom of the first, as Alliyah Pullins singled home Taylor Swartz.
The guests reestablished their lead in the top of the second inning, when Carly Shriver singled home Allie Young, who doubled to start the frame.
The GAHS lead was extended to three runs, at 4-1, in the top of the third inning, as Jenna Meadows scored on an error and Bailey Meadows scored on a Paxton Roberts groundout.
The Lady Marauders were held scoreless in the second and third innings, but more than made up for it in the fourth, scoring seven runs, on five hits, two walks and an error.
The Blue Angels pulled within one run, at 8-7, in the top of the fifth inning, as Brooke Pasquale doubled home Roberts and Shriver, and then Barnes doubled home Pasquale.
With no outs in the top of the sixth inning, GAHS tied the game, as Young singled home Jenna Meadows. Bailey Meadows scored the go-ahead run on a sac-bunt by Roberts, and then Shriver drove in Young for an insurance run.
Meigs tied the game in the bottom of the sixth inning, when Danielle Morris doubled home Pullins and Peyton Rowe.
In the top of the seventh, Barnes led off the frame with a single, moved to second on a groundout and then stole third base. Jenna Meadows hit a sac-fly to left field, scoring Barnes and giving Gallia Academy an 11-10 lead.
The Lady Marauders were retired in order in the bottom of the seventh, as GAHS sealed the 11-10 victory.
Gallia Academy freshman Bailey Meadows struck out one batter, the final batter of the game, and earned the win in a complete game effort, allowing 10 runs, six earned, on 12 hits and two walks.
Maddison Woodyard pitched the final frame and suffered the loss for Meigs, allowing one earned run on one hit, while striking out one batter. Pullins started in the circle and struck out two batters in two innings, while allowing four runs, two earned, on four hits and two walks. Breanna Zirkle tossed four innings in relief and struck out a game-high three batters, while allowing six runs, four earned, on eight hits.
Barnes led the victors at the plate, going 4-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and two runs batted in. Young and Jenna Meadows both doubled once, singled once, scored twice and drove in one run, while Shriver had two singles, one run scored and two RBIs.
Pasquale doubled once, scored once and drove in two runs for the Blue and White, Roberts added a single, a run scored and two RBIs, while Caldwell singled once and drove in one run. Bailey Meadows crossed home plate twice in the win, while Kimberly Edelmann earned an RBI.
Meigs had a quartet lead the way with two hits apiece at the plate. Pullins was 2-for-3 with a double, two runs scored and one RBI, Morgan Lodwick was 2-for-4 with a double, one run scored and one RBI, Swartz was 2-for-4 with two runs scored, while Zirkle went 2-for-4 with one run scored.
Morris doubled once, scored once and had two RBIs in the win, Rowe singled once, scored once and drove in two runs, Bre Colburn added a single, a run scored and an RBI, while Devyn Oliver singled once and drove in one run. Ciera Older had an RBI for the hosts, while Shalynn Mitchell scored once.
The Lady Marauders committed four errors, while GAHS had four. The Blue Angels left eight runners on base, three more than Meigs.
Both teams are home on Friday and Saturday, as Meigs hosts Wellston and Nelsonville York, while Gallia Academy hosts Portsmouth and Winfield.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.