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Fighting Tigers stumble in Saturday doubleheader

GNADENHUTTEN – There were some good and some bad.

Monday, April 16, 2001

GNADENHUTTEN – There were some good and some bad. Problem is, the bad outweighed the good.

The bad for the Ironton Fighting Tigers came as a result of a pair of losses Saturday, an 8-5 loss to Indian Valley followed by a 7-5 setback at the hands of Warsaw River View.

"We saw some good things, but the two losses kind of wiped out any real good feeling you might have," Ironton coach Mark Lewis said. "We hit the ball pretty well and our pitching was okay. But we made some mistakes on the bases and we had too many errors that hurt us. All we can do now is go back to work and try to right the ship."

Ironton (7-6) lost to Indian Valley for the second straight day despite a nine-hit effort.

Tyler Whaley went 2-for-2 with a home run and Chad Parker and Greg Mountain each went 2-for-3.

Parker, pitching for only the second time this season, took the loss with three innings of work. Parker has had an elbow injury and was on a limited pitch count.

"The layoff affected Chad and we didn’t help matters any. We made two errors the first inning and gave them a run," said Lewis.

Two errors, a single, and a sacrifice fly put the Braves up 1-0 in the first and the lead went to 2-0 in the second.

Ironton (7-6) came back to score three runs in the third inning.

Whaley singled, Drew Mains and Josh Harmon walked, and Parker, Matt White, and Mountain all singled for runs.

But Indian Valley came back to score four runs in the third inning, two on a home run by McPeek.

Whaley homered to begin the fourth inning and get Ironton within 6-4.

The Fighting Tigers added another run in the sixth with one out.

Brian Rowe walked and Drew Mains doubled.

In the second game, River View scored five unearned runs due to four Ironton errors.

Mark Mains went the distance for Ironton. He struck out one and did not walk a batter.

Parker had a big game at the plate as he went 2-for-4 with three runs batted in.

River View got a run in the top of the first, but Ironton answered with one in the bottom of the inning when Drew Mains singled, went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Sands, and scored on Parker’s base hit.

River View scored a run in the second only to have Ironton tie it again in the third when Drew Mains and Sands were hit by pitches and Harmon singled.

But River View got two runs in the fourth and three in the fifth to take a 7-2 lead.

The Fighting Tigers got within 7-5 with three runs in the bottom of the fifth.

Sands was hit by another pitch, Harmon singled, and the runners moved up on a wild pitch. Parker then doubled the runners home. Parker came one to score on a ground out.

The Fighting Tigers are scheduled to play at South Point at noon Tuesday, then the two teams will return to Ironton for a 4:30 p.m. game.

First Game

Ironton 003 101 0 – 5 9 2

Indian Valley 114 002 x – 8 9 0

Chad Parker, Josh Harmon (4) and Greg Mountain, Matt White (6). Geers, Cossar (4) and McMillen. W-Cossar. L-Parker 1-1 (3-K,1-W, 6-H). SB-Ironton: Josh Harmon; Indian Valley: Geers. Sac-Ironton: Josh Sands. SF-Indian Valley: McPeek. 2B-Ironton: Drew Mains, Josh Sands; Indian Valley: Roth, McPeek, Enara. HR-Ironton: Tyler Whaley; Indian Valley: McPeek. Hitting-Ironton: Drew Mains 1-3, Josh Sands 1-4, Chad Parker 2-3, Matt White 1-4, Greg Mountain 2-3, Tyler Whaley 2-2; Indian Valley: Geers 1-2, Cossar 1-2, McPeek 2-2, Enara 1-4, Roth 2-3, McMillen 1-2.

Second Game

River View 110 230 0 – 7 12 1

Ironton 101 030 0 – 5 7 4

Mark Mains and Matt White. Stickdorn and Lahmon. W-Stickdorn (4-K, 4-W). L-Mains (1-K,0-W, 3-ER). SB-Ironton: Drew Mains, Chuck Murnahan. HPB-by Stickdorn (Josh Sands 2, Chuck Murnahan, Drew Mains). 2B-River View: Lahmon; Ironton: Chad Parker. Hitting-River View: Maxwell 2-4, Hammersley 1-4, Stickdorn 1-4, Lahmon 1-4, Portens 1-4, Howell 3-4, Appis 2-4, Hooper 1-2; Ironton: Drew Mains 2-3, Josh Harmon 2-4, Chad Parker 2-4 (3 RBI), Matt Johnson 1-3.