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Lady Tigers finish year of ‘firsts’

PEDRO — The last week of the regular season brought a lot of “firsts” for the Ironton Lady Fighting Tigers.

Wednesday’s Day of Champions game saw Ironton win for the first time against the North Division as the Lady Tigers beat the Logan Lady Chieftains 6-3 as catcher Emily Lilly hit the first home run at Logan’s new field.

On Friday, Ironton held on to beat the Rock Hill Redwomen 6-5 to give the Lady Fighting Tigers their first-ever 20-win season.

“We are enjoying these girls and their efforts,” said Ironton coach Missy Fields.

“They have worked hard to achieve success this year. They know the true meaning of team work.”

In the win over Logan, Kylie Summers got the win with relief help from Rebekkah Potter.

Janie Morris went 3-4, Taylor Lilly 2-4 and Emily Lilly 2-3 including a solo home run leading off a four-run fourth inning that built a 6-1 lead.

Nikki Elswick, Brea Tackett and Potter all had doubles in the win.

Karlie Collins pitched six innings and Potter finished up as they combined on a four-hitter against Rock Hill.

Alex Taylor swung the big bat as she went 2-3 with a double and a two-run homer run in the sixth inning that provided the margin of victory.

Morris went 2-4 with a double.

Both teams play in the sectional tournament at 5 p.m. next Friday. Ironton hosts the Minford-Coal Grove winner and Rock Hill entertains Fairland.

Friday’s Game

Ironton 300 102 0 = 6 8 3

Rock Hill 300 000 2 = 5 4 3

Karlie Collins, Rebekkah Potter (7) and Emily Lilly. Morgan Schug and Megan Russell. W-Collins (5-K, 3-BB). Save-Potter (1-K, 0-BB). L-Schug (3-K, 1-BB). 2B-Ironton: Janie Morris, Alex Taylor. HR-Ironton: Alex Taylor. Hitting-Ironton: Janie Morris 2-4, Taylor Lilly 1-4, Rebekkah Potter 1-4, Emily Lilly 1-4, Nikki Elswick 1-4, Karlee McMackin 1-3, Alex Taylor 2-3; Rock Hill: Courtney Duncan 1-4, Chelsea Harper 1-3, Morgan Schug 1-3, Morgan Damron1-4.

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Wednesday’s Game

Ironton 100 140 0 = 6 12 2

Logan 000 111 0 = 3 8 4

Kylie Summers, Rebekkah Potter (6) and Emily Lilly. Rachel Vermillion and Olivia McBride. W-Summers (5-K, 2-BB). Save-Potter (5-K, 1-BB). L-Vermillion (4-K, 2-BB). 2B-Ironton: Nikki Elswick, Rebekkah Potter, Brea Tackett; Logan: Olivia McBride, Ashley Dixon. HR-Ironton: Emily Lilly. Hitting-Ironton: Janie Morris 3-4, Taylor Lilly 2-4, Rebekkah Potter 1-4, Emily Lilly 2-3, Nikki Elswick 1-3, Alex Taylor 1-4, Kylie Summers 1-3, Brea Tackett 1-4; Logan: Simons 2-3, Meyer 1-3, McBride 1-3, Cremeans 1-4, Dixon 2-3, Wine 1-3.