CENTENARY, Ohio — First, the rain hit.
Then, so too did the Coal Grove Hornets.
As a result, the Gallia Academy High School softball squad was on the wrong end of an 11-0 shutout, as the visiting Hornets hammered out 16 hits — with two home runs — during Thursday’s Ohio Valley Conference makeup matchup.
The Hornets had four runs apiece in the opening and sixth innings, combined with a single marker in the third frame — followed by two in the seventh.
In the pair of four-run frames, the Hornets had four hits apiece off Blue Angel pitcher Hunter Copley — and also took advantage of three Blue Angel errors in the first and another in the sixth.
Gallia Academy, meanwhile, only managed four hits off Coal Grove pitcher Kasey Murphy — who tossed the complete-game for the victory, while allowing no walks and striking out three.
She faced four Blue Angels apiece in the third, fourth, sixth and seventh innings — and retired the side 1-2-3 in the first, second and fifth.
Gallia Academy’s only hits were a Carly Shriver two-out double in the third, a Makenzie Barr leadoff single in the fourth, a Barr two-out single in the sixth, and finally a two-out Lexi Polinsky single in the seventh.
The loss dropped the Blue Angels to an even 6-6 in the OVC, part of 9-5 overall.
Coal Grove gained the season sweep, having edged the Blue Angels 9-7 only three days earlier.
Gracie Riley’s solo home run on the second at-bat gave the Hornets all the runs they needed for the win.
They led 4-0 after the first — thanks to three more hits, three Gallia Academy errors, and a stolen base.
Lauren Crum, who went a perfect 4-for-4 for Coal Grove, conked a grand-slam home run in the sixth to make it 9-0.
The Hornets added two more runs in the seventh, combining a leadoff single, Copley’s only walk, a Lauren Meyer RBI-double and a Riley sacrifice fly.
Of Copley’s 11 runs allowed, eight were earned as she struck out five.
The Blue Angels returned to OVC action on Friday by traveling to Portsmouth.
They return to the road, and conclude their initial season of OVC play, on Monday at league champion Rock Hill.
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106