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Ironton, Easterling win 3-2

Ironton Fighting Tigers’ Trey Spencer takes a swing at a pitch. The Fighting Tigers used the pitching of Steve Easterling to beat the Portsmouth Trojans 3-2 on Monday. (The Ironton Tribune / Tony Shotsky of Southern Ohio Sports Photos)


Tribune Sports Editor


Steve Easterling was in the zone and the Portsmouth Trojans’ offense wasn’t allowed.

Easterling fired a three-hitter and struck out 14 batters as the Ironton Fighting Tigers beat the Trojans 3-2 on Monday.

Easterling did not walk a batter and only one run was earned.

“Easterling threw the ball really well. He was in a good rhythm,” said Ironton coach Tobey Schreck. “Offensively we had nine hits and we should have scored more runs. But it was good to get a win.”

Ironton (7-5) took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Brandon Leach and Cody Roberts singled, Trey Spencer was hit by a pitch and Trevor Easterling reached on a one-out error.

The Fighting Tigers went up 2-0 in the fifth inning. Trevor Easterling singled, stole second and scored on a hit by Sean Lawless.

Portsmouth (2-10) scored both its runs in the sixth inning to tie the game.

Sturgill singled, Jacob Albrecht reached on an error and Len Collins had a one-out double to drive in both runners.

But Ironton snapped the tie in the bottom of the inning when Leach singled, stole second and rode home on a hit by Maurice Phillips.

Lawless was 3-3 with an RBI and Leach 2-3.

The Fighting Tigers play Russell at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Greenup County Tournament.

Portsmouth 000 002 0 = 2 3 1

Ironton 010 011 x = 3 9 3

Levi Porter and Tanner Poage. Steve Easterling and Maurice Phillips. W-Easterling (K-14, BB-0). L-Porter (K-3, BB-0). 2B-Portsmouth: Len Collins. Hitting-Portsmouth: Brandon Wedebrook 1-3, Len Collins 1-2, Sturgill 1-2; Ironton: Sean Lawless 3-3 rbi, Derek Battise 1-2, Brandon Leach 2-3, Cody Roberts 1-3, Maurice Phillips 1-3 rbi, Trevor Easterling 1-3 rbi.