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Dragons pull away to win

Ironton Fighting Tigers’ third baseman Brandon Leach connects for a two-run double during Thursday’s game against Fairland. (The Ironton Tribune / Tony Shotsky of Southern Ohio Sports Photos)

By JIM WALKER

Tribune Sports Edtor

 

If you give the Fairland Dragons an inch, they’ll take a foot. And a win.

The Dragons took advantage of eight walks and three errors as they scored five runs late to pull away from the Ironton Fighting Tigers 7-2 on Thursday.

“You have to throw strikes and you have to make the plays in the field. We gave them too many opportunities and a good team will take advantage of that,” said Ironton coach Toben Schreck.

Fairland (2-0) went up 2-0 in the first inning on a hit by Corey Barker, an RBI double by Eric Riley and a run-scoring single by Alex Thackston.

Ironton (1-2) tied the game with two runs in the third inning when Trey Spencer singled, Steve Easterling reached on an error and Brandon Leach drilled a two-run double.

The score remained that way until Fairland got four runs in the fifth.

Kyle Sowards walked, Barker was safe on an error and Riley reached on an error for a run. Thackston and Matt Aliff capped the rally with RBI singles.

An insurance run scored in the seventh with the aid of an Ironton error and Aliff’s second RBI single.

Thackson was 2-3 while Riley and Aliff were 2-4 for the Dragons.

Spencer, Battise, Roberts, Leach and Phillips were all 1-3 for Ironton.

Fairland 200 040 1 = 7 8 3

Ironton 002 000 0 = 2 5 3

Kyle Raines and Josh Ross. Maurice Phillips, Corey Kellogg (6) and Corey Kellogg, Maurice Phillips (6). W-Raines (K-7, BB-0). L-Phillips (K-3, BB-6). Kellogg K-0, BB-2. 2B-Fairland: Eric Riley, Matt Aliff; Ironton: Brandon Leach, Derek Battise. Hitting-Fairland: Corey Barker 1-3, Eric Riley 2-4, Alex Thackston 2-3, Matt Aliff 2-4, Thompson 1-1; Ironton: Trey Spencer 1-3, Derek Battise 1-3, Cody Roberts 1-3, Brandon Leach 1-3, Maurice Phillips 1-3.