JACKSON - Caleb Haller went 1-for-4 and delivered a walk-off hit in the bottom of the seventh inning, as the Jackson Ironmen secured a 2-1 non-league win over Piketon on Thursday at Dick "Sparky" Haller Field.
The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Ironmen, as they improved to 4-5 on the season.
The game was tied 1-1 heading into the bottom of the seventh when Trevor Gerstenberger doubled into left field with one out. Then with two outs, Haller drove a pitch into left field to score Gerstenberger and secure the victory for the Ironmen.
Piketon struck first with a RBI double by Connor Galloway with two outs in the top of the first inning to make it 1-0.
Logan Massie, however, drove in a run with a two-out single in the bottom of the fourth inning to even the game, which is how things stood until the bottom of the seventh.
Reece Graham turned in a productive outing, tossing 5 innings with only one run allowed on five hits and four walks while striking out seven. Kendall Neal came on to pitch two perfect innings in relief for the Ironmen.
Colton Blakeman, who went the distance on the mound for Piketon took the loss. He allowed two runs on six hits and struck out 10 Ironmen.
Haller, along with Neal, Gerstenberger, Massie, Ty Ruckel and Brice Graham had one hit apiece for Jackson.
The Ironmen returned to Frontier Athletic Conference play on Friday against Chillicothe at Dick "Sparky" Haller Field. They will take on Greenfield-McClain at the VA Memorial Stadium in Chillicothe on Monday and will travel to Wellston on Tuesday for a non-league contest.
Miami Trace 7, Jackson 5
JACKSON - Miami Trace had the bases loaded in the top of the eighth inning. With the game tied 5-5, the Panthers got a two-run single and held on to preserve a 7-5 Frontier Athletic Conference win over the Jackson Ironmen at Dick "Sparky" Haller Field on Wednesday afternoon.
The Ironmen (3-5, 0-4 FAC) led 5-3 after five complete innings, but the Panthers rallied to score a pair of runs and tie the game in the top of the sixth.
That's how it stood until Miami Trace pulled ahead in the top of the eighth inning.
Brice Graham turned in a quality start for the Ironmen with 5.2 innings pitched. He scattered 10 hits and five runs (only four earned). Graham gave up just one walk and struck out three. Trey Moore pitched the final 2.1 innings in relief to take the loss. Moore allowed two hits and two runs, with one walk and two strikeouts.
Miami Trace broke a scoreless tie in the top of the second inning, scoring three runs. But Jackson responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning to close the margin to 3-2.
Then Reece Graham doubled to drive in a run in the bottom of the fifth inning, while Josh Blackburn and Caleb Haller drove in a run apiece for a 5-3 lead.
Haller had three of the Ironmen's 12 hits. Neal and Logan Massie connected for two hits each, while Ty Ruckel, Reece Graham, Blackburn and Ethan Mercer had one hit apiece. Haller drove in two runs to lead Jackson.