Ironton Junior All-Stars rout Cuyahoga for 2nd straight state title

Published 1:09 am Thursday, July 21, 2022

The Ironton Junior League All-Stars beat Cuyahoga Falls 12-1 on Wednesday to capture their second straight state championship. Team members are: kneeling left to right, Jacob Hughes, Brycen Mullins, Tyson Harvey, Bryson Kerns and Braydon Baker; standing left to right, manager Johnny Hughes, coach Craig Harvey, Carter Bridges, Beckham Waginger, Braiden Linn, Nate Sloan, coach Jason Philyaw, Dawson Philyaw, Carson Akers, Drake Bundy, Jase Williams and coach Scott Meadows. Ironton will now play in the regionals Aug. 6-12 in Midland, Michigan. (Photo by Tim Gearhart)



PEDRO — Dawson Philyaw turned a one into a two.

Philyaw pithed a one-hitter as he led the Ironton Junior League All-Stars to their second straight state championship with a 12-1 rout of Cuyahoga Falls in five innings on Wednesday.

Philyaw struck out seven and walked one in going the distance. The only run was unearned and the lone hit was a two-out single in the second inning.

Ironton will now play in the regional tournament Aug. 6-12 in Midland, Michigan.

The Ironton All-Stars collected 10 hits with Tyson Harvey going 2-2 with two runs batted in and Nate Sloan was 2-2 with an RBI to pace the offense.

Bryson Kerns was 1-1 with an RBI, Drake Bundy was 1-1, Brycen Mullins 1-2 with an RBI, Braydon Baker 1-2 with an RBI, Carson Kerns 1-3 with a double and and RBI and Philyaw was 1-3.

Ironton baserunners stole 12 bases with Sloan stealing 3 bases, Beckham Waginger, Harvey and Mullins swiping 2 each and Baker, Kerns and Carter Bridges one each.

After retiring Cuyahoga in order to start the game, Ironton erupted for eight runs in the bottom of the inning.

Harvey led off with a base hit, Mullins walked and the pair pulled off a double steal. Harvey then scored on a wild pitch.

Baker singled for a run and moved up on an error. Bridges was safe on an error as a run scored. Bridges reach on an error as a run scored, Kerns drew a two-out walked and Sloan singled home a run.

Jacob Hughes walked to force in a run and Harvey and Mullins followed with RBI singles.

Ironton followed that with two runs in the second.

Bridges singled, stole second and scored on a double by Akers. Kerns then singled home the second run and it was 10-0.

Cuyahoga scored an unearned run in the top of the third but Ironton got two runs in the bottom of the inning to run rule with a 12-1 lead.

Beckham Waginger walked, stole second and third and then Baker walked and stole second Waginger scored on an error Bridges hit a sacrifice fly to score Baker.

Ironton rolled through the tournament, outscoring their opponents 77-8.

In the district, Ironton beat Rock Hill 12-0 and 12-0 to win the District 11 title and earn the state berth.

In the state tournament held at Rock Hill, Ironton beat Enon 16-6 and then Cuyahoga Falls 25-0 and 12-1.

Cuyahoga       001  00    =     1     1     5

Ironton   822  0x    =     12    10    3

Makyia McVicker, Will Rorrer (2) and N. Augustus. Dawson Philyaw and Jacob Hughes. W-Philyaw (IP-5.0, H-1, R-1, ER-0, K-7, BB-1, WP-1, HBP-1). L-McVicker (IP-1.0, H-5, R-8, ER-2, K-0, BB-3, WP-1). Rorrer (IP-3.0, H-5, R-4, ER-4, K-2, BB-3, WP-3). Hitting-Cuyahoga: Makyia McVicker 1-2; Ironton: Tyson Harvey 2-2 2-RBI, Brycen Mullins 1-2 RBI, Braydon Baker 1-2 RBI, Carson Akers 1-3 2B RBI, Dawson Philyaw 1-3, Bryson Kerns 1-1 RBI, Drake Bundy 1-1, Nate Sloan 2-2 RBI.