CHESAPEAKE, Ohio — Before the rains moved in on Monday night, the Gallia Academy High School baseball team rained down a dozen runs upon the host Chesapeake Panthers.
That’s because the Blue Devils scored two runs apiece in each of the opening two innings, then erupted for eight more markers over the final four frames for a 12-1 Ohio Valley Conference mercy-rule victory.
With the win, the Blue Devils improved to 5-4 — and raised their OVC record to 2-1.
They already own an OVC victory over Fairland (4-0), with their April 1 contest at Ironton suspended after seven innings and tied 5-5.
Their Saturday league contest against Coal Grove was postponed until this coming Saturday (April 16).
At Chesapeake, with a 4-1 lead entering the third inning, GAHS exploded for five runs before tacking on its final three in the fifth for the 10-run mercy-rule win.
Gallia Academy amounted two runs on two hits in the first, and three runs on two hits in the fifth, as its two runs in the second came without the aid of a hit.
The Blue Devils doubled up the Panthers in hits 8-4, and also took advantage of Chesapeake’s three errors.
Gallia Academy freshman Josh Faro pitched the first four innings for the victory, allowing an earned run on four hits with two walks and four strikeouts.
He faced four Panthers in each of his final three innings, as Marcus Moore pitched the fifth and saw the minimum three.
Chesapeake plated its only run in the first when Casey McComas singled, advanced on an error, and then scored on an RBI-single two batters later.
McComas led the Panthers with two hits — both singles.
Kole Carter, Matt Bailey and Anthony Sipple all had two hits apiece for the Blue Devils, including Sipple’s bases-clearing double in the third that made it 9-1.
His RBI-single in the fifth extended the margin to 12-1, as Bailey had two RBI and Carter one.
Eric Ward’s RBI-single to score Sipple in the opening at-bat gave Gallia Academy all the runs it needed for the win.
Ward wound up with two RBI, as Jeremy Brumfield doubled in the fourth.
Carter crossed the plate three times with Bailey, Sipple, Brumfield and John Stout scoring twice and Josh Davis once.
The Blue Devils, at 1-1 in the Southeastern Ohio Athletic League, made their final trip to Jackson on Tuesday as members of the SEOAL.
Gallia Academy hosts Portsmouth in another OVC tilt today (Wednesday, April 13).
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106