Fighting Tigers roll Raiders

By Paul Boggs -

IRONTON, Ohio — Ten days off didn’t do the Raiders any favors.

That’s because River Valley, in returning to playing baseball for the first time in 10 days on Tuesday, lost at Ironton in a non-league tilt by a count of 11-1.

That’s correct.

River Valley, which had at least five games get rained out last week, only amounted two hits — and eventually was mercy-ruled.

The contest was called following the fifth inning with the 10-run mercy rule.

Both clubs are now 2-1, as River Valley last played on March 25 — and swept Hannan in a season-opening doubleheader.

The host Fighting Tigers, which tallied seven runs in the first inning and the final four in the second, hammered out eight hits against three Raider pitchers.

Meanwhile, Ironton also had 10 days off due to the inclement weather, but pitchers Garrett Carrico and Tyler Malone combined for a two-hit gem.

Each hurler allowed a hit, a pair of walks, and struck out three.

The only Raider hits were singles by Brycen Brumfield and Jack Farley.

River Valley’s only run came in the second inning.

Gage Salyers paced the Fighting Tigers at the plate —by going 2-for-2 with two runs batted in.

His two-run single in the first gave Ironton all the runs it would need for the win.

Carrico helped his cause with a two-run double in the first frame to make it 7-0.

Neither team was charged with an error.

Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106

By Paul Boggs