Fighting Tigers breeze way past Blue Devils

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 29, 2001

The Ironton Fighting Tigers got a little bit of everything, including a win.

Thursday, March 29, 2001

The Ironton Fighting Tigers got a little bit of everything, including a win.

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Solid all-around play enabled Ironton to bounce the Gallipolis Blue Devils 9-4 Wednesday and stay unbeaten in two games.

"We got good pitching, timely hitting, flawless defense, and we ran the bases well. When you can do all of those things, you’re going to win some games," Ironton coach Mark Lewis said.

Mark Mains started and got the win for Ironton as he allowed five hits, struck out six, and walked three. Josh Sand went two innings in his high school pitching debut and struck out five while walking four, and Matt White closed out the win by retiring the side in order in the seventh.

Ironton banged out nine hits with Chad Parker and Josh Harmon each going 2-for-3 with a double and a stolen base. Tyler Whaley also went 2-for-3 with an RBI.

The Fighting Tigers jumped out to a 3-0 lead the first inning.

Drew Mains walked, Sands singled, and they moved up a on wild pitch. A missed pickoff throw scored Mains and sent Sands to third. Harmon doubled home a run and then scored on a hit by Whaley.

Both teams got a run in the third.

Allen Skinner, Bobby Jones and Nick Merola singled, and Mike Warren’s ground out scored the run.

Ironton got the run back in the bottom of the inning when Matt White walked, stole second, and scored on Parker’s double.

"I felt good today. I’m back into it," Parker said.

The Blue Devils (0-2) got a run in the fourth when David Brodeur walked, stole second, and came home on a hit by Skinner.

But Ironton scored three more runs in the fifth to make 7-2.

Harmon and Parker singled to put runners on the corners. Parker stole second and the throw went into centerfield allowing Harmon to score and Parker to reach third.

Whaley got a base hit when the ball struck Parker making him the second out. Mark Mains was safe on an error, Greg Mountain had an RBI single, and Mains scored on another throwing error.

Four walks and a wild pitch enabled Gallipolis to score twice in the top of the sixth, but Ironton got the runs back in the bottom of the inning.

Drew Mains walked, Josh Sands was hit by a pitch, a wild pitch moved the runner up, and Harmon hit a sacrifice play. Sands scored on another wild pitch.

"We were able to take advantage of their mistakes," said Lewis.