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Lady Tigers fall in 8 innings despite Klaiber’s two HRs

Kent Sanborn of Southern Ohio Sports Photos Ironton Lady Fighting Tigers’ shortstop Breanna Klaiber gets ready to throw out a runner. Klaiber hit two home runs but the Lady Tigers lost 7-4 in eight innings to Greenup County on Tuesday.

Kent Sanborn of Southern Ohio Sports Photos
Ironton Lady Fighting Tigers’ shortstop Breanna Klaiber gets ready to throw out a runner. Klaiber hit two home runs but the Lady Tigers lost 7-4 in eight innings to Greenup County on Tuesday.

Jim Walker

jim.walker@irontontribune.com

 

In the dark, overcast and cloudy skies, Ironton Lady Fighting Tigers’ coach Missy Fields found a silver lining.

Despite a 7-4 loss to the Greenup County Lady Musketeers in eight innings on Tuesday, Fields saw some positive moments.

“I am disappointed in the outcome of the game but not in my team,” said Ironton coach Missy Fields.

“Greenup had a real good pitcher with good speed and different pitches. It took us a big to get on her.”

One of the positives for Ironton came in the form of sophomore shortstop Breanna Klaiber who went 3-for-3 with a triple, two home runs and an intentional walk.

Kylee Metzger and freshman Rylie Vaughn gave some positive performances.

Metzger took the loss as she struck out five, walked one and hit one. She also went 2-4 with a double at the plate.

Vaughn was 2-3.

“Klaiber was on fire tonight,” said Fields. “I was pleased with freshman Rylie Vaughn who was our DP tonight. She was patient at the plate.”

Klaiber tripled and Metzger doubled her home as Ironton took a 1-0 lead in the second inning.

Greenup tied the game in the third inning, but Klaiber belted a solo home run in the fourth inning to put Ironton back on top at 2-1.

Greenup tied the game with a run in the fifth that resulted in extra innings.

The Lady Musketeers scored five times in the top of the eighth to lead 7-2.

The Lady Fighting Tigers tried to rally as Aley Carmon was hit by a pitch and Klaiber spanked a two-run homer.

“I am so pleased with Kylee Metzger’s effort on the mound. She is hitting her spots and staying focused,” said Fields.

“The girls are working well together as a team. We will just take one game at a time and continue to get better each outing.”

Ironton’s next outing is at Russell, Ky., on Wednesday.

Greenup 001 010 05 = 7 9 1

Ironton 010 100 02 = 4 7 1

Bxx Johnson and Axx Adkins. Kylee Metzger and Kenzie Cremeens. W-Johnson (K-7, BB-0, HBP-1). L-Metzger (K-5, BB-1, HBP-1). Hitting GC: Johnson 1-4, Mitchell 2-4, Green 1-3, Parks 1-4 2B, Crance 2-4, Saunders 1-3 2B, Wright 1-3; Ironton: Breanna Klaiber 3-3 3B 2-HR, Kylee Metzger 2-4 2B, Rylie Vaughn 2-3.