Blue Angels down Lady Pointers

By Paul Boggs -

CENTENARY, Ohio — Simply put, the Blue Angels made it a point — against the Pointers — to end their losing streak.

That’s because the Gallia Academy High School softball squad snapped a seven-game losing skid on Wednesday, crafting a 9-6 come-from-behind victory over visiting South Point in an Ohio Valley Conference clash.

In addition to the seven losses in a row, the young Blue Angels — entering Wednesday — had lost nine of their last 10.

With the win, Gallia Academy improved to 6-11 — and is now an even 4-4 in the OVC.

And, despite committing three errors, credit the Blue Angels for answering each and every one of South Point’s points.

South Point plated a pair of runs in the second inning, but the Blue Angels equaled that in the third for the 2-2 tie.

The Pointers then scored three times in the fourth, but Gallia Academy erupted for five runs on five hits in its fourth for its first lead (7-5).

South Point got one back in the fifth, before the Blue Angels again gained two — which held up for the 9-6 final.

In each of the Blue and White’s two-run stanzas, they churned out three hits — part of a massive 15 for the entire game.

Gallia Academy’s 1-2 pitching punch of Hunter Copley and Allie Young did the most damage at the plate, each collecting three hits — along with Allie Jo Clagg.

Young racked up five runs batted in and Copley three, as Copley conked a pair of doubles — while Young’s two-run triple in the third tied it at 2-2.

Clagg and Copley led off the third with singles, as Jenna Meadows and Makenzie Barr both reached on back-to-back fielder’s choices.

That set up Young’s two-run three-bagger.

Trailing 5-2 in the fourth, the Blue Angels batted around — as Carly Shriver, Ryliegh Caldwell, Clagg and Meadows all singled, with Young clearing the bases with a double to make it 7-5.

Copley on a sacrifice fly to right field, and Barr being hit by a pitch, also added RBIs in the frame.

In the sixth, Shriver drew the Blue Angels’ only walk, before Lexi Polinsky singled for the second time — and Caldwell reached on a fielder’s choice.

Clagg singled again to load the bases, then Copley’s two-run double made it 9-6.

Polinsky and Shriver singled twice in the game, as Abby Hannah pitched the distance for South Point.

All nine of her runs allowed were earned, as she struck out two.

Young pitched the opening inning for Gallia Academy, facing only the minimum three Pointers while walking Sara Allen.

Copley came in and worked the final six frames, gaining the win in the process.

She allowed six runs on 10 hits and three walks with three strikeouts, as four of South Point’s runs were earned.

Copley faced four Pointers apiece in the final two cantos, as Keiana Cornwell led South Point with three hits, including a two-run single in the fourth and a double in the seventh.

Allen, Haley Rawlins and Jamishua Anderson, with a two-run single in the third that made it 2-0 and an RBI-single in the sixth that made it 7-6, all had two hits apiece for South Point.

The Blue Angels returned home, and returned to OVC action, against Fairland on Thursday.

Gallia Academy will host Jackson today (Friday, April 22) in the final Southeastern Ohio Athletic League duel.

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

By Paul Boggs