WATERFORD, Ohio — Not even a change in scenery could derail the Blue Devils.
The Gallia Academy baseball team claimed a season sweep of host Warren Wednesday night following a 2-0 victory in a Southeastern Ohio Athletic League matchup held at the baseball diamond on the campus of Waterford High School in Washington County.
The host Warriors had to move the game to Waterford due to their field not being playable, the same reason that led Warren to switch its earlier contest against the Blue Devils to GAHS back on April 2. Gallia Academy eventually won that home contest by a 10-0 count in the league opener for both teams.
The game was a little tighter the second time around, but GAHS (7-1, 5-0 SEOAL) again came up with all the answers while picking up its sixth consecutive triumph.
All of the offense came in the top of the second inning as the Blue Devils plated two runs on four hits. Anthony Sipple led the inning off with a single and advanced to third on a one-out single by Seth Wills, putting runners on the corners.
Kole Carter followed with an RBI single that plated Sipple for a 1-0 lead, then Alex White singled in Wills for a 2-0 cushion after two complete.
GAHS starter Gustin Graham made that lead stick, as the senior allowed just four hits and two walks over seven innings while picking up the winning decision. Graham — a Miami of Ohio signee — also struck out seven in the triumph.
The Blue Devils outhit WHS by a 5-4 overall margin and left four runners stranded on base, compared to seven by the hosts. GAHS also committed the only two errors in the contest.
Sipple, Wills, Carter, White and Matt Bailey each had a hit for the victors, while Hill paced Warren with two safeties. Smith and Kennedy also had a hit apiece for WHS in the setback.
Kidder suffered the loss after surrendering five hits, two runs and a walk over seven frames while striking out seven.