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Ironton, Diamond outduel SP’s Boggs

Jim Walker



In a classic pitching duel, Luke Diamond held the smoking gun.

Diamond picked up the win despite a one-hitter by South Point’s Brandon Boggs as the Ironton Fighting Tigers scratched out a 2-1 win in eight innings Tuesday.

Diamond gave up just six hits, struck out six and walked three. Boggs gave up only a bunt single, struck out 14 and walked two.

“Diamond and Boggs both pitched great games,” said Ironton coach Larry Goodwin. “It was a well-played game on both sides. We were just able to manufacture two runs against one of the best high school pitchers in Southern Ohio.”

South Point got its run in the second inning.

Logan Wade and moved up on a passed ball. He went to third on a ground out and scored on a hit by Brandon Layne.

Ironton tied the game in the sixth.

Kyle Kleinman was safe on an error but Trevor Easterling hit into a force play. Easterling stole second and third and came home Diamond’s fly ball deep behind first base.

In the decisive eighth ining, Dane Wilson got a one-out bunt single, stole second and went to third on a throwing error. Wilson then scored on a wild pitch to end the game.

Boggs went 2-3 to pace the Pointers’ offense.

Ironton plays at Coal Grove Thursday.

South Point 010 000 00 = 1 6 1

Ironton 000 001 01 = 2 1 0

Brandon Boggs and Christian Prichard. Luke Diamond and Hunter Weber. W-Diamond (K-6, BB-3, ER-1). L-Boggs (K-14, BB-2, ER-1). Hitting-SP: Alex Whitt 1-4, Brandon Boggs 2-3, Logan Wade 1-3, Trey Kearns 1-3, Brandon Layne 1-3; Ironton: Dane Wilson 1-3.