Portsmouth outscores Ironton in SEOAL

Published 12:00 am Saturday, April 26, 2008

HAVERHILL — Welcome to the Launching Pad.

The hitter-friendly Dow Chemical Field was just that for the Portsmouth Trojans Friday as they banged out 21 hits including four home runs as they beat the Ironton Fighting Tigers 19-7 in a Southeastern Ohio Athletic League game.

“We jumped on them 5-1 in the first inning, but we just couldn’t get anybody out after that,” said Ironton coach Tobey Schreck. “Portsmouth hit the ball well.”

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John Harcha, one of the Trojan triplets, slugged three home runs and went 5-for-5 to lead the Trojans. Matt Harcha also homed as he went 2-3 and Howard Harcha was 3-4.

T.J. Arrowood was 4-5 and picked up the win

Ironton (5-11, 2-8) had eight hits including three home runs.

After Portsmouth got a run in the top of the first inning, Josh Pancake walked, Ryan O’Leary and Nick Lewis singled, and Jeremy Moore hit a sacrifice fly to tie the game.

Ethan Preston then drilled a three-run homer and Geoff White made it back-to-back with a solo shot and it was 5-1.

But Portsmouth scored six runs in the second inning to take the lead for good at 7-5. The Trojans scored 10 runs over the next two innings including two home runs by John Harcha.

Ironton scored twice in the bottom of the fifth inning on a solo home run by Pancake, a double by Lewis and singles by Preston and White.

Lewis was 2-2 while Preston and White were 2-3.

Ironton plays at South Point on Tuesday.



T.J. Arrowood and Howard Harcha. Ethan Preston, Keith Wetzel (3), John Sckweickart (4) and Geoff White. W-Arrowood. L-Preston. 2B-Ironton: Nick Lewis. SF-Portsmouth: Jacob Stevens; Ironton: Jeremy Moore. HR-Portsmouth: John Harcha 3, Matt Harcha; Ironton: Josh Pancake, Ethan Preston, Geoff White. Hitting-Portsmouth: John Harcha 5-5, T.J. Arrowood 4-5, Josh Myers 2-4, Howard Harcha 3-4, Matt Harcha 2-3, Shane Porter 2-4, Lacy 1-3, Alex Coakley 2-3; Ironton: Josh Pancake 1-2, Ryan O’Leary 1-3, Nick Lewis 2-2, Ethan Preston 2-3, Geoff White 2-3.