CENTENARY, Ohio — Better late than never.
The Gallia Academy softball team broke a five-all tie by scoring seven runs in the bottom of the sixth inning Tuesday night en route to a 12-7 victory over visiting River Valley in a non-conference softball contest between Gallia County programs.
The game was a constant shift in momentum as the host Blue Angels (2-0) led 1-0 after an inning of play, but the Lady Raiders (2-2) answered with five consecutive scores over the next four innings — giving RVHS a 5-1 cushion midway through the fifth.
Gallia Academy, however, sent nine batters to the plate in its half of the fifth, which yielded four runs on four hits and three walks — tying the contest at five through five complete.
River Valley went down in order in the top half of the sixth, then GAHS sent a dozen batters to the plate during its pivotal offensive surge. The hosts produced five hits and received four walks during their seven-run outburst, which resulted in a 12-5 cushion after six complete.
The Lady Raiders came up with two runs in the top of the seventh, but ultimately came up short in their rally bid.
In a mistake-prone contest, Gallia Academy committed 10 of the 14 errors in the contest. The hosts also outhit RVHS by a 10-5 overall margin while leaving 11 on base, compared to the guests stranding five on the bags.
Freshman Hunter Copley was the winning pitcher of record after allowing seven runs (one earned), five hits and three walks over seven innings while striking out five.
Ashley Gilmore took the loss after surrendering nine runs (seven earned), nine hits and nine walks over 5.1 innings while fanning two. Bailey Hollanbaugh also worked two-thirds of an inning in relief, allowing two earned runs, two hits and a walk.
Allie Joe Clagg paced GAHS with three hits, followed by Copley and Lexi Polinsky with two safeties apiece. Jenna Meadows, Kimberly Edelmann, Makenzie Barr and Shelby Long also had a hit each for the victors.
Edelmann drove in a team-high three RBIs, while Clagg, Barr and Polinsky each knocked in two runs. Meadows, Edelmann, Long and Paxton Roberts also scored two runs apiece for the Blue Angels.
Reilly Barcus paced River Valley with two hits and two RBIs, while Mariah Hurt, Cierra Roberts and Sydney Little each added a safety for the guests. Isabella Mershon scored a team-best two runs as well.
The Lady Raiders led 2-1 through two complete, then added a run in the fourth and two more in the fifth for their largest lead of the night.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.