VINCENT, Ohio — The Blue Angels dug a hole they simply couldn’t get out of.
The Gallia Academy softball team trailed by eight after the first inning of Wednesday night’s Division II sectional semifinal at Warren High School. The Blue Angels rallied back but the deficit was too great and the Lady Warriors took the 9-6 victory.
The Blue Angels took the early lead when Kendra Barnes scored in the top of the first inning but Warren took advantage of five hits, two walks and two errors to score nine runs in the bottom of the first.
Hannah Roach and Micah Curfman both crossed the plate in the top of the second, cutting the lead to 9-3. Barnes, Maggie Westfall and Violet Pelfry all scored in the top of the fifth to trim the lead to 9-6. GAHS had the potential game-tying run at the plate in the top of the seventh but the Lady Warriors shut the door and took the 9-6 victory.
Schetter earned the win for WHS after allowing six runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out two. Higgins earned the save, allowing one hit in two innings, while striking out two. Violey Pelfry suffered the loss for GAHS after allowing nine runs on six hits and three walks in six innings. Pelfry struck out six and allowed just three baserunners after the first inning.
The Blue Angel offense was led by Jenna Meadows and Hannah Roach with two singles each, followed by Maggie Westfall with a double. Kendra Barnes, Violet Pelfry, Alex Brumfield and Katie Ward each marked a single in the setback. Barnes scored twice, while Westfall, Pelfry, Roach and Micah Curfman each scored once.
Murdock led Warren with two hits and two runs scored in the win.
The Lady Warriors advance to the sectional final where they will face SEOAL champion Jackson on Saturday in the Apple City.