Blue Angels fall to Rock Hill

By Paul Boggs -

CENTENARY, Ohio — The Gallia Academy Blue Angels ran into arguably the top softball squad in the Ohio Valley Conference on Thursday, losing to the visiting Rock Hill Redwomen by a final count of 10-3.

The Blue Angels, which have now lost four of their past five games, fell to 5-6 overall — and an even 3-3 in their first season in the OVC.

Rock Hill hammered out 14 hits against Gallia Academy pitcher Hunter Copley, scoring twice in the second inning followed by three runs in the third and finally five in the fourth.

The Redwomen led 10-0 entering the bottom of the fifth, with the 10-run mercy rule ready to be enforced, but the Blue Angels avoided that — and the shutout — by scoring all three of their runs.

Both teams committed three errors, and Gallia Academy benefited from two of those by Rock Hill in the fifth.

Allie Jo Clagg and Makenzie Barr both reached on errors, sandwiched around a Paxton Roberts single.

Clagg scored when Barr reached, then Copley scored Roberts and Barr with a two-run double to make it 10-3.

Rock Hill hurler Jill Hairston held the Blue Angels to only six hits, including a pair of singles by Shelby Long.

Besides Copley’s double and Roberts’ single, Jenna Meadows and Carley Shriver secured hits as well.

Hairston walked one while striking out seven, going the distance in the circle along with Copley.

Copley walked one with one strikeout, as Riann Keating went a perfect 4-for-4 with three RBI to lead the Redwomen.

The Blue Angels returned home, and returned to Southeastern Ohio Athletic League action, on Friday with Warren.

Gallia Academy, playing in two leagues this spring, entered the second half of the four-team SEOAL play at 0-3.

The Blue Angels also played at home on Saturday — in an OVC makeup matchup against Coal Grove.

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

By Paul Boggs