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Ironton drops three straight

CHILLICOTHE — Two runs meant two losses.

The third loss was just a bad day at the office.

The Ironton Fighting Tigers suffered two heartbreaking one-run losses to the Chillicothe Cavaliers Thursday at Memorial Stadium.

Chillicothe won the suspended game 8-7 in 10 innings, then came back to win the regularly scheduled game 5-4.

Friday’s game was totally in contrast. Ironton took an early lead only to have Gallipolis break the game open and cruise to a 16-5 win.

“We could easily have won either or both games against Chillicothe,” said Ironton coach Tobey Schreck. “We’ve got to play with more grit.”

In Thursday’s regularly scheduled game, Josh Pancake pitched a five-hitter but took the loss as Chillicothe scored four unearned runs in the first inning. He struck out six and walked three.

Geoff White had a two-run homer in Ironton’s four-run sixth inning. Zach Kriebel doubled in a run and Howie Lucas singled in a run.

White hit two home runs in the loss to Gallipolis including a two-run shot in the first inning and a solo blast in the fifth.

Ironton led 4-0 after three innings before the roof came tumbling down on the Fighting Tigers as Gallipolis got nine runs in the fourth inning.

Suspended Game

Chillicothe 022 030 000 1 = 8 6 3

Ironton 001 330 000 0 = 7 8 3

Derrick Webb and Zach Glendening. Howie Lucas, Ethan Preston (3) and Geoff White. W-Webb. L-Preston. 2B-Chillicothe: Shay Netter 2; Ironton: Jonathan Williams. Hitting-Chillicothe: Seth Dawes 1-3, Alex Grow 1-4, Shay Netter 2-2, Josh Sulzer 1-2; Ironton: Tommy Waginger 2-4, Josh Pancake 1-2, Geoff White 1-3, Keith Wetzel 1-4, Jonathan Williams 2-3.

Thursday’s Game

Ironton 000 004 0 = 4 9 3

Chillicothe 040 001 x = 5 5 0

Josh Pancake and Geoff White. Dawes and Glendening. W-Dawes (5-K, 3-BB). L-Pancake (6-K, 3-BB, 1-ER). 2B-Ironton: Zach Kriebel; Chillicothe: Dunn. HR-Ironton: Geoff White. Hitting-Ironton: John Schweickart 1-4, Keith Wetzel 1-3, Geoff White 1-4, JonathanWilliams 2-3, Zach Kriebel 2-2, Howie Lucas 1-3, Tommy Waginger 1-3; Chillicothe: Sulzer 2-4, Dunn 1-2, Webb 1-3, Glendening 1-2.

Friday’s Game

Gallipolis 000 933 1 = 16 16 1

Ironton 211 010 0 = 5 8 1

Roush and Smtih. Ethan Preston, Keith Wetzel (5) and Geoff White. W-Roush.L-Preston. 2B-Gallipolis: Dingess; Ironton: Keith Wetzel. HR-Ironton: Geoff White 2. Hitting-Gallipolis: Roush 3-4, Warnimont 1-4, Dingus 4-5, Dressel 1-3, Troesler 3-5, Smith 2-5, Eastham 1-3, Whaley 1-3; Ironton: Josh Pancake 1-4, Keith Wetzel 1-2, Geoff White 2-3, Ethan Preston 1-2, Jonathan Williams 1-4, Taylor Barker 2-3.