CENTENARY, Ohio — Hits only matter if you know how to use them.
With both teams recording nine hits apiece, the Gallia Academy softball team earned a 5-2 victory over non-conference guest Belpre, on Wednesday in Gallia County.
The Blue Angels (14-7) — who’ve now won back-to-back games — took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, when Jenna Meadows doubled home Alex Barnes and then scored on a single by Bailey Meadows.
Gallia Academy added two more runs in the home half of the fourth inning, as Carly Shriver singled home Ryleigh Caldwell, and Barnes drove in Kimberly Edelmann.
The Blue and White posted their final run of the game in the bottom of the fifth, when Caldwell doubled and then scored on a single by Edelmann.
Belpre (17-9) — which entered play with a five-game winning streak — didn’t record its first hit for until the fourth inning and didn’t reach scoring position until the fifth.
The Lady Golden Eagles scored the final two runs of Gallia Academy’s 5-2 win in the top of the sixth, when Harman singled home Simmons and Richards.
GAHS sophomore Hunter Copley earned the pitching victory in a complete game for the hosts, striking out 10 batters, while allowing two earned runs and nine hits.
Harman suffered the loss in two innings of work for the guests, allowing two earned runs on three hits and a walk.
The Blue Angel offense was led by Barnes and Jenna Meadows, both of whom were 2-for-3 with a double, one run scored and one run batted in. Caldwell doubled once and scored twice in the win, Edelmann singled once, scored once and drove in one run, Shriver and Bailey Meadows both contributed a single and an RBI, while Paxton Roberts chipped in with a single.
Simmons led the Lady Golden Eagles at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a run scored.
Belpre committed the game’s only two errors. GAHS left eight runners left on base, while BHS stranded five runners.
The Blue Angels are back in action on Tuesday, at Alexander.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.