GALION — The Galion Graders’ losing streak stretched to nine games Tuesday with a 9-7 loss to the Southern Ohio Copperheads at Heise Park.
The Copperheads dominated the game early, and after four innings led 9-1. Five of those runs were earned, but the others were aided by fielding errors by the Graders.
Winning pitcher Tyler Johnson pitched seven innings, gave up eight hits and allowed just one earned run. Johnson struck out five batters and walked one.
Galion scattered 13 hits, including eight off Johnson, but left a lot of runners on base in the first seven innings.
Those stranded runnings,mixed in with fielding errors were too much to overcome.
The Graders made it close late. They put up three runs in their half of the eighth inning and three more in the bottom of the ninth.
“We showed some heart and character at the end of the game, but it was too late” said Graders assistant coach Will Thompson.
The bright spot for the Graders on offense tonight was centerfielder Robby Jones, who went four for five at the plate. He scored a a run and had three RBIs. Ridge Winand was two for four at withan RBI.