Pointers rally in 7th inning to edge Blue Devils

Published 4:27 am Thursday, April 21, 2016

Jim Walker



GALLIPOLIS — It’s a seven-inning game, not six.

The South Point Pointers scored three unearned runs in the top of the seventh inning as they rallied to beat the Gallipolis Blue Devils 5-3 on Wednesday in an Ohio Valley Conference game.

South Point went up 1-0 in the first inning when Doug Shaffer singled, Chris Woodard doubled, and Brandon Layne reached on an error.

Gallipolis (10-7, 7-2) answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning on singles by Matt Bailey, Anthony Sipple, Jeremy Brumfield and Ryan Terry.

The Blue Devils went up 3-1 in the fourth when Zach Graham singled and went to second on a passed ball, Braden Simms sacrificed him to third and Kole Carter hit a sacrifice fly.

The Pointers cut the deficit to 3-2 in the sixth.

Layne singled, stole second, went to third on Drew Adams sacrifice bunt and scored on a passed ball.

South Point then got three runs in the seventh.

Tanner Hall was hit by a pitch and Brandin Jackson put down a sacrifice. Shaffer reached on an error as Hall scored to tie the game.

An out later, Logan Wade singled to score Shaffer who had moved up on a wild pitch. Wade went to third on the throw home and scored on a passed ball.

Shaffer went the distance to get the win. He struck out one, walked one. He also went 2-3 at the plate.

Bailey, Sipple and Terry all went 2-4 for Gallipolis.

On Thursday, South Point visits East Carter, Ky., and Gallipolis hosts Fairland.

South Point 100 001 3 = 5 6 2

Gallipolis 200 100 0 = 3 9 2

Douglas Shaffer and Christian Pritchard. Marcus Moore, Anthony Sipple (7) and Ryan Terry. W-Shaffer (K-1, BB-1, ER-3). L-Sipple (IP-1, K-2, BB-2, R-2, ER-0, H-1). Moore (IP-6, K-5,BB-3, R-3, ER-0, H-5). Hitting-SP: Douglas Shaffer 2-3, Chris Woodard 1-4 2B, Logan Wade 1-4 rbi, Brandon Layne 1-3, Brandin Jackson 1-2; Gallia: Matt Bailey 2-4 2B, Anthony Sipple 2-4, Jeremy Brumfield 1-3 rbi-2, Ryan Terry 2-4, John Stout 1-3, Zach Graham 1-2.