Blue Devils lose at Warren

By Paul Boggs -

VINCENT, Ohio — Unfortunately for the Blue Devils, it was another one-run loss.

That’s because the Gallia Academy High School baseball team suffered its fourth one-run setback of the season on Tuesday, as the Blue Devils lost at Warren 6-5 in the Southeastern Ohio Athletic League opener.

Gallia Academy fell to 2-4 on the season — with all four games being decided by one run.

The Blue Devils lost against Point Pleasant 4-3 in their season opener, then lost last Wednesday at Meigs 2-1 in nine innings.

On Monday, GAHS lost at South Point, 7-6.

On Tuesday, the Blue Devils erased a 1-0 deficit after the opening inning by scoring once in the second and two in the third for a 3-1 advantage after two-and-a-half.

But the Warriors went off for five runs in the third to take a 6-3 lead, and fended off a Blue Devil rally in the late stages, as Gallia Academy amounted a run apiece in the fourth and seventh.

The Blue Devils did have the tying and go-ahead runs aboard in the seventh, as Josh Faro— after a single — was at second, while John Stout reached on an error.

But Bryce Gandee induced Jeremy Brumfield into a game-ending out to record the save.

Gallia Academy actually outhit the Warriors 10-7, but the Blue Devils did themselves no favors by committing five errors.

They also left 10 runners on base.

Kole Carter pitched the first four innings and was the losing pitcher, but of the six runs he allowed, only two were earned.

Carter struck out five and walked three, scattering seven hits along the way.

He gave up three hits in the five-run third, which also consisted of three Gallia Academy errors.

Brumfield pitched the final two innings, facing seven Warriors with one walk, one hit and one strikeout.

Cole Weihl was the winning pitcher for Warren, allowing five runs on nine hits with two walks in working the opening six frames.

Gandee got the save, which included a pair of strikeouts.

Eric Ward led the Blue Devils with three hits, including a two-run single in the third that gave Gallia Academy its 3-1 lead.

Ward scored the first Blue Devil run in the second — after singling and following a Ryan Terry sacrifice, a Faro single and finally an RBI-single by Stout.

Faro and Stout singled twice, including Stout in the third and Faro in the seventh.

Carter with a single in the third, Terry with a single in the fifth and Brumfield with a single in the sixth rounded out the Blue Devils’ hits.

Ward scored twice along with single runs by Carter, Matt Bailey and Marcus Moore, as Bailey drove in Moore for the 6-4 deficit in the fourth.

The Blue Devils returned to the road, and returned to Ohio Valley Conference action, at Fairland on Wednesday (April 6).

Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106

By Paul Boggs