CENTENARY, Ohio — A great start simply got spoiled.
That’s because the Gallia Academy Blue Angels amassed three opening-inning runs, but then watched visiting Rock Hill hammer out the final 11 — as the Redwomen won an 11-3 Ohio Valley Conference softball tilt on Monday.
In stark contrast from their 1-0 pitchers’ duel earlier this season at Rock Hill, in which Blue Angel catcher Jenna Meadows mashed a solo home run for the game’s only run —the two clubs combined for 30 hits in the return bout.
But, the Redwomen rallied quickly from that 3-0 deficit, scoring twice in the second inning before erupting for six runs on eight hits off GAHS pitcher Hunter Copley in the third.
The score remained 8-3 until the top of the seventh, when the Redwomen added three insurance counters for the 11-3 final.
With the loss, Gallia Academy is now 12-7 —and concludes Ohio Valley Conference play at 9-5.
The Redwomen raised their record to 13-6, and end OVC action at 11-3.
The Blue Angels opened Monday’s matchup with three runs on five hits in their initial at-bat, but amounted only six over the final six innings — as Rock Hill pitcher Jill Hairston had the complete-game win.
Hairston allowed 11 hits and only one walk — which was to her counterpart Copley in the seventh.
The Blue Angels almost scored in the last, as Meadows’ third double and fourth hit of the game advanced Copley to third, but Hairston struck out the final two Angels to end things.
Hairston struck out seven, as only two of Gallia Academy’s runs were earned.
Copley, who also went the distance, gave up nine earned runs on 19 hits — all singles — with two walks.
Eight different Redwomen had two hits apiece, including Hairston and Morris with two each.
Hairston and Baylie Harrah had two-run singles in the third, followed by Gracie Stevens scoring two runs on a groundout in the seventh.
Rock Hill also took advantage of six Gallia Academy errors, while committing only one itself.
Meadows went a perfect 4-for-4 to pace the Blue Angels, as Alex Barnes bagged two hits.
Copley, Paxton Roberts, Ryleigh Caldwell, Kimberly Edelmann and Allie Young all added one apiece.
Barnes led off the first frame for the Blue and White with a double, then Copley reached on a bunt single.
Meadows doubled in Barnes followed by Young singling in Copley, as Meadows scored the third and final Blue Angel run on a passed ball.
But from there, Hairston settled down —facing four batters apiece in the second, third and fifth innings, before retiring the side 1-2-3 in the sixth.
The contest also marked Senior Night activities for the Blue Angels, as Caldwell, Roberts, Meadows, Edelmann, Carly Shriver, Brooke Pasquale and Allie Clagg were honored before the game.
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