PORTSMOUTH, OHIO —
Held at bay for four innings, Ashland’s offense exploded for two huge innings to wallop Portsmouth, 11-2, on Saturday afternoon.
Left-handed Tomcats pitcher Aaron Elam gave up a leadoff triple as Portsmouth plated two runs in the first before settling in for a complete game effort.
Elam struck out 13 batters, gave up three hits and walked just three over seven innings. He went 1-2-3, with the help of a pair of double plays, from the second through sixth innings.
Ashland (4-4) quickly changed the complexion of the game with a five-run fifth followed by a six-run sixth.
Cam Fritz went 3-for-4 with two RBIs, Cade O’Bryan was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Cody Conley also drove in a pair on the strength of a 2-for-3 effort. Elam added two hits of his own and drove in a run.
The Tomcats travel to Ironton on Monday at 5:30 p.m.
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Elam and Fritz; Delotell, Murphy (6), Graschel (7) and Shoupe. W—Elam. L—Delotell. 2B—Wedebrook (P), Yongue (A), O’Bryan (A). 3B—Albrecht (P).
PAINTSVILLE Paintsville did a lot of offensive damage early, and the Tigers held on for a four-run victory over Raceland on Saturday.
In a four-run first inning, Colby Burchett, Kash Daniel and Lane Daniels each drove in a run and eventually scored.
Lane Daniels stuck again in the second with an RBI double. He finished with those two hits and two RBIs.
Both Daniels and Matt Miller contributed triples for the Tigers (6-4).
Raceland (6-4) saw a four-game winning streak snap. Freshman Landon Adams led the Rams with two RBIs.
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Adams, Snyder, Moore, Morris, Tolliver and Tolliver, Collier; Miller, Taylor and Pelphrey and Burchell. W—T. Miller. Sv-Taylor. 2B—La. Daniels (P). 3B—M. Miller (P), L. Daniels (P).