Home runs power Fighting Tigers past Gallipolis

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 3, 2007

RIO GRANDE – The Ironton Fighting Tigers did a couple of things they haven’t done and ended up doing something they liked doing.

Ironton showed some power for the first time this season and didn’t squander a big lead as the Fighting Tigers belted the Gallipolis Blue Devils 16-7 Wednesday in a Southeastern Ohio Athletic League game.

“We hadn’t hit a home run all season and we hit three on a pretty good size field,” Ironton coach Tobey Schreck said of the University of Rio Grande field.

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“We hit the ball as well as we have all season and we didn’t let up like we have in other games. We got a big lead and this time we put them away.”

Tanner Reed led the onslaught as he went 5-for-5 with a home run and four runs batted in.

“Tanner has been hitting well, so we moved him up in the lineup and he responded well,” Schreck said.

Chad Miller, who was 3-3 with five runs scored, and Jeremy Moore also powered home runs for Ironton (5-7, 4-5) against the South Division leaders.

Greg Kettel got the win. He struck out seven, walked only one but hit three batters.

Reed singled home a run in the first inning and scored on a ground out by Nick Lewis for a 2-0 lead.

Gallipolis came back to take a 3-2 lead in the second, but Ironton erupted for nine runs in the third inning.

Miller drilled a home run to start the inning and later double home a run in the same inning.

Reed had a single and also double home a run in the uprising. Lewis, T.J. Keith and Josh Pancake and RBI singles and Bryon Brammer belted a two-run double.

Reed had a two-run homer in the fifth and Moore smoked a solo shot in the sixth.

The final two runs scored in the seventh when Miller and Keith doubled for a run, Reed singled and Lewis hit a sacrifice fly.

Keith was 3-5 as Ironton banged out 17 hits.

Ironton visits South Point Thursday and Portsmouth Friday.



Greg Kettel and Tanner Reed. Shawn Thompson and David Rumley. W-Kettel (7-K, 1-BB, 3-HBP). L-Thompson. 2B-Ironton: Chad Mille 2, T.J. Keith, Tanner Reed; Gallipolis: Nick Stevens, Austin King, Austin Roush. HR-Ironton: Chad Miller, Tanner Reed, Jeremy Moore. Hitting-Ironton: Chad Miller 3-3 (5 runs), T.J.Keith 3-5, Tanner Reed 5-5, Nick Lewis 1-4, Jeremy Moore 1-3, Josh Dyer 1-2, Josh Pancake 1-3, Nick Waugh 1-1, Byron Brammer 1-3; Gallipolis: Nick Stevens 2-5, John Paul Finnicum 2-4, Austin King 2-4, Cody Noble 1-4, Austin Roush 2-3, Bowman 1-2, Troester 1-3.