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Late rally hands Flyers first loss of season

St. Joseph’s coach Greg Bryant didn’t need a psychic to see this one coming.

The Flyers’ suffered the first blemish on their record this season with a 4-3 loss Thursday to the South Gallia Rebels, but Bryant said it came as no surprise.

“You could see this one coming. We’ve had to come from behind in our last four or five games and you can’t keep doing that. Eventually it’s going to catch up with you and it did tonight,” said Bryant.

The game was tied going into the seventh inning when the Rebels scored the winning run with two outs.

Zach Haislop singled, stole second and scored on an opposite-field double by Brandon Harrison.

The Flyers threatened in the bottom of the seventh with two outs. But after loading the bases, the next batter struck out to end the game.

“We just couldn’t get the clutch hit. We had other opportunities to score than just in the seventh inning,” said Bryant.

The Flyers took a 2-0 lead in the third inning.

Payton Blair singled, stole second and came home when Chard Harvey singled. Harvey then stole second and scored on a hit by Tanner Riley.

The Rebels got two runs in the fourth inning to tie the game and took the lead with a run in the fifth.

St. Joseph tied the game in the bottom of the fifth when Caleb Blackburn singled, stole second and raced home on a two-out single by T.J. Young.

Pat Gagai was 2-3 while Blair and Harvey were 2-4 as the Flyers banged out 10 hits.

St. Joseph (14-1) visits Northwest for a noon doubleheader on Saturday.

South Gallia 000 210 1 = 4 8 0

St. Joseph 002 010 0 = 3 10 1

B.J. Stanley, Zach Haislop (6) and cory Haner. Caleb Blackburn, Tanner Riley (5) and Pat Gagai. W-Haislop (4-K, 2-BB, 1-H). L-Riley (1-K, 0-BB, 3-H, 1-ER). 2B-SG: Brandon Harrison. HR-SG: Zach Haislop, B.J. Stanley. Hitting-South Gallia: Zach Haislop 3-4, Bandon Harrison 1-3, Cory Haner 1-3, B.J. Stanley 1-2, Heath White 1-3, Danny Maatney 1-3; St. Joseph: Payton Blair 2-4, Chad Harvey 2-4, Caleb Blackburn 1-4, Tanner Riley 1-3, Pat Gagai 2-3, T.J. Young 1-3.