PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth Lady Trojans trailed early on Tuesday, then found that winning formula late.
That’s because host Portsmouth, after falling behind 3-0 after three-and-a-half innings, posted two fourth-inning markers followed by three fifth-inning runs — en route to rallying past the Gallia Academy Blue Angels 5-3 in an Ohio Valley Conference softball makeup matchup.
The win was important for Portsmouth, because it keeps the Lady Trojans —which are now 12-5 overall —tied atop the OVC in the loss column with Ironton.
The Trojans took their OVC record to 5-1, while Ironton —whose only league loss is against Portsmouth — is at 3-1 (11-3 overall).
While Gallia Academy outhit the Lady Trojans 8-5, the Blue Angels amassed one more error than did the Lady Trojans at 6-5.
Faith Phillips was the winning pitcher for Portsmouth, throwing a complete game which included 91 total pitches.
She allowed eight hits and struck out only one, but didn’t walk a single Blue Angel and gave up only one earned run.
Madison Perry put Portsmouth over the top in the fifth with a home run — as she had two of the Trojans’ five hits, with Olivia Ramey singling right in front of her in the fifth.
Perry also singled in the sixth as Emily Cheatham and Ayonna Carr collected singles as well.
Katie Born walked and scored twice, as Perry, Ramey and Olivia Dickerson all accounted for the Trojans’ five runs.
Carr had an RBI as well.
The Trojans were set down in order by GA starter Taylor Mathie in the third — as Perry reached on an error in the first and Born walked in the second for their only two baserunners until the fourth.
That’s when Perry reached on a leadoff error, Dickerson hit into a fielder’s choice, Born walked again, Phillips reached on an error, Madison Ankrom walked and Carr was hit by a pitch.
From that combination, Dickerson and Born both scored to make it 3-2 Gallia Academy, which had scored twice in the first and once in the fourth for its 3-0 lead.
Perry put the Trojans ahead 4-3 with her home run, then a combination of Born and Ankrom reaching on other Angel errors sandwiched around a passed ball made it a two-run margin.
Mattie tossed the first four innings and into the fifth, as her two earned runs allowed on two hits resulted in her being the losing pitcher.
Of the Blue Angels’ eight hits, Bailee Young and Grace Truance tallied two apiece, as Addi Burke belted a fourth-inning double and later scored.
Truance’s single in the first scored the Blue Angels’ other runs —first by Jenna Harrison and later by Mathie.