CENTENARY, Ohio —The name of the game is to put more points on the board than the other guys…or in this case the other girls.
Despite surrendering a dozen hits, the Gallia Academy High School softball squad did not allow a run against Athens on Tuesday — and captured a 5-0 non-league shutout decision against the visiting Lady Bulldogs.
The Blue Angels amounted five runs on twice as many hits, book-ending a pair of single-run innings around a three-run fifth frame that made the score 4-0.
For the Blue Angels, they raised their record to 13-7, while Athens fell to 5-15.
The contest was a late-season addition to the schedule, although a doubleheader between the two clubs was cancelled a month ago.
Bailey Meadows mustered a complete-game pitching shutout, and only walked one while striking out two.
She retired the Bulldogs 1-2-3 in the fifth frame, while facing four batters apiece in innings one and three, and seeing the minimum three in the sixth as the Blue Angels turned a 5-3 double play.
Kaylee Stewart suffered the pitching loss despite throwing a complete game for Athens, as all five Gallia Academy runs were earned.
Stewart too struck out two, and walked none in facing the Gallia Academy lineup three times through.
Stewart also paced the Bulldogs with three hits, as Brooklyn Sikorski secured two and Kat Kroutel doubled.
Meadows also stranded eight Athens baserunners, but only Kroutel in the first and Olivia Tenoglia in the second advanced beyond first base.
The Blue Angels scored their first run in the second, as Kimberly Edelmann singled with one out, Allie Young hit into 5-4 fielder’s choice, and Brooke Pasquale poked a double to plate Young.
In the fifth, Paxton Roberts, Alex Barnes, Hunter Copley, Jenna Meadows and Bailey Meadows all singled consecutively — with Barnes and Copley putting down a pair of bunts.
Roberts, Barnes and Copley crossed the plate, as Copley bunted in Roberts while Jenna Meadows’ two-run single scored both Barnes and Copley.
In the sixth, Edelmann led off by being hit by a pitch, then Roberts ripped a single with two outs to bring her home.
Gallia Academy’s only other hits were a leadoff single by Barnes in the first and a leadoff double by Bailey Meadows in the fourth.
Both Blue Angels ended up on third, but Stewart stranded them there.
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