Ironton, Runyon win 3-2
HAVERHILL — The Ironton Fighting Tigers’ pitching need a shot in the arm. Wes Runyon decided to play doctor.
Runyon threw just 75 pitches as he fashioned a six-hitter for his first win of the season as Ironton slipped past the South Point Pointers 3-2 Tuesday.
“(Runyon’s) breaking pitch was working and he got ahead of people and didn’t walk anyone,” said Ironton coach Tobey Schreck.
Ironton had only five hits, but two were for extra bases and helped produce the three runs.
Nick Lewis cranked a solo home run in the first inning to stake Ironton to a 1-0 lead.
South Point (4-3) tied the game in the second inning when Jacob Seagraves doubled and Josh Esque had a two-out single.
The Fighting Tigers scored the winning runs in the sixth inning.
Jeremy Moore drew a walk to lead off the inning and Tommy Waginger went in as a pinch-runner. Ethan Preston singled and then Ryan O’Leary delivered what proved to be the game-winning hit with a two-run double.
South Point got a run in the seventh inning when Kyle Hughes got a one-out single, moved up on a ground out, and scored on Blake Meadows’ base hit.
Steven McClure followed with a base hit to put the tying run in scoring position, but Runyon struck out the next batter to end the game.
Lewis went 2-3 for Ironton while Seagraves was 2-3 for the Pointers.
Ironton (3-7) hosts Chillicothe Friday. South Point visits Coal Grove on Wednesday.
Not reported. Wes Runyon and Byron Brammer. W-Runyon (3-K, 0-BB, 2-ER). 2B-South Point: Jacob Seagraves. HR-Ironton: Nick Lewis. Hitting-South Point: Jacob Seagraves 2-3, Kyle Hughes 1-3, Josh Esque 1-3, Blake Meadows 1-3, Steven McClure 1-3; Ironton: Josh Pancake 1-2, Nick Lewis 2-3, Ethan Preston 1-2, Ryan O’Leary 1-2.