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Lady Tigers win 8-0

Ironton Lady Fighting Tigers’ pitcher Erin Wetzel hurled a four-hitter on Monday in an 8-0 win over the Coal Grove Lady Hornets. (Kent Sanborn of Southern Ohio Sports Photos.com)

Ironton Lady Fighting Tigers’ pitcher Erin Wetzel hurled a four-hitter on Monday in an 8-0 win over the Coal Grove Lady Hornets. (Kent Sanborn of Southern Ohio Sports Photos.com)

Jim Walker

jim.walker@irontontribune.com

 

They say things come in 3s. They did for the Ironton Lady Fighting Tigers on Monday.

Ironton got all of the three facets of the game — pitching, hitting and defense — plus a couple of three-run innings as they blanked the Coal Grove Lady Hornets 8-0.

Erin Wetzel turned in a stellar effort on the mound with a four-hitter. She struck out four and did not walk a batter. She retired the first 11 batters she faced.

Ironton (2-5) had 10 hits with Karlee McMackin going 2-3 with two runs batted in. Meghan Taylor was 2-3 with an RBI, Taylor Hannan 2-4 and Taylor Monk with 1-4 with a triple and two RBIs.

“Erin pitched well, we had timely hitting and this side of the infield (third base and shortstop) owned it tonight,” said Ironton coach Missy Fields.

Laken White made several nice stops at third base and shortstop Rebekkah Potter used her cannon of an arm to gun down several runners, one after fielding a ball deep in the hole between shortstop and third base.

After a scoreless first inning, Ironton struck for three runs in the second when White singled, McMackin walked and Monk tripled. A throwing error on the play allowed Monk to score.

Three more runs scored in the third to make it 6-0.

Andi Kratzenberg singled and White reached on an error to put runners at second and third. McMackin singled home the runners, stole second and scored on a hit by Taylor.

The final two runs scored in the fifth.

Taylor reached on a missed third strike, Hannan singled and an outfield error allowed Taylor to score. Hannan went to third and scored on a hard ground out to shortstop by Potter.

Coal Grove fell to 4-7.

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Kelci Grove and Morgan Sites. Erin Wetzel and Saige Fields. W-Wetzel (K-4, BB-0). L-Grove (K-4, BB-4). 2B-CG: Kaitlyn Murphy. 3B-Ironton: Taylor Monk. Sac-CG: Brittany Webb; Ironton: Saige Fields. Hitting-CG: Ashley Collins 1-2, Morgan Sites 1-3, Kelci Grove 1-3, Deanna Bentley 1-3; Ironton: Taylor Hannan 2-4, Saige Fields 1-2, Rebekkah Potter rbi, Andi Kratzenberg 1-4, Laken White 1-2, Karlee McMackin 2-3 rbi-2, Taylor Monk 1-4 rbi-2, Meghan Taylor 2-3 rbi.