Ironton clubs Cavs
HAVERHILL — While the Ironton bats went long, pitcher Howie Lucas kept things short.
Backed by a pair of home runs, Lucas pitched a two-hitter as the Fighting Tigers used just five innings to rout the Chillicothe Cavaliers 11-1 Friday in a Southeastern Ohio Athletic League game.
Lucas struck out eight and walked two in five innings of work.
“Howie threw a heck of a game. He had them beat up there if we had just fielded the ball. He doesn’t give up much,” said Ironton coach Tobey Schreck.
Jeremy Moore and Keith Wetzel belted home runs and Nick Lewis just missed another when his mammoth shot curved foul.
“We hit two home runs and could have had three. We hit the ball well all day,” said Schreck.
Ironton (4-7, 2-4) collected 13 hits with Ethan Preston going 3-for-3 with threee runs batted in and Nick Lewis was 2-2. Moore and Wetzel both went 2-3 with three RBIs.
Josh Pancake walked, Nick Lewis singled and Preston doubled to give Ironton a 2-0 lead in the first inning.
Wetzel singled and Pancake doubled for a run in the second inning.
Ironton scored five times in the third.
Lewis walked and Moore crashed a home run to start the inning. Preston and Wes Runyon singled and Wetzel homered for the other three runs.
In the fourth, Ryan O’Leary and Lewis singled to open the inning and Moore lashed a run-scoring double. Preston doubled for a run and John Schweickart singled to drive in the final run.
Chillicothe scored a run in the top of the fifth to spoil Lucas’ shutout bid.
Ironton hosts Jackson at 5 p.m. Monday.
Dixon and Dawes. Howie Lucas and Geoff White. W-Lucas (8-K, 1-BB). L-Dixon (4-K, 2-BB). 2B-Chillicothe: Dawes, Corzine; Ironton: Josh Pancake, Ethan Preston, John Schweickart. Sac-Ironton: Ryan O’Leary. HR-Ironton: Jeremy Moore, Keith Wetzel. Hitting-Chillicothe: Dawes 2-2, Dennis 2-2, Corzine 1-2; Ironton: Josh Pancake 1-2, Ryan O’Leary 1-2, Nick Lewis 2-2, Jeremy Moore 2-3, Ethan Preston 3-3, John Schweickart 1-3, Wes Runyon 1-3, Keith Wetzel 2-3.