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Portsmouth outscores Ironton in SEOAL

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.”

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.

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Ironton50002=782

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.