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Ironton falls to Loveday, Blue Devils

Jim Walker

For six innings, it was anybody’s game.
But the Gallipolis Blue Devils scored five times in the seventh inning and rode the one-hit pitching of freshman Zane Loveday to blank the Ironton Fighting Tigers 7-0 in an Ohio Valley Conference game on Monday.
Loveday struck out seven and did not walk a batter.
Ironton’s only hit was a one-out single by Brycen Thomas in the fifth inning.
Sophomore Kyle Howell pitched well for Ironton. In 6-plus innings, Howell gave up four runs — all earned — four hits, struck out nine and walked four.
The game was scoreless until the third inning when Gallipolis pushed across a run.
Trenton Johnson singled, Wyatt Sipple drew a one-out walk and the run scored following a pair of wild pitches.
The Blue Devils added a run in the sixth when Andrew Toler singled and Garrett McGuire had one-out double.
Gallipolis then scored five runs in the seventh.
Gallipolis 001 001 5 = 7 7 0
Ironton 000 000 x = 0 1 0
Zane Loveday and Morgan Stanley. Kyle Howell, Ethan Duncan (7) and Brycen Thomas. W-Loveday (K-7, BB-0). L-Howell (IP-6.0, H-4, R-4, ER-4, K-9, BB-4). Duncan (IP-1.0, H-3, R-3, ER-3, K-1). Hitting-Gallia: Andrew Toler 1-4, Josh Farrow 1-4 rbi, Garrett McGuire 3-4 2-2B 3-rbi, Cade Roberts 1-4 rbi, Trenton Johnson 1-2; Ironton: Brycen Thomas 1-2.