LORAIN — The Galion Graders met up with the Lorain County Ironmen for a clash of Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League Central Division rivals at The Pipeyard on Tuesday evening.
Galion was able to snap their three-game losing streak by defeating the Ironmen by a finally tally of 10-6 in a slugfest.
The Graders scored their 10 runs on 16 hits while stranding 10 runners on the base path on Tuesday. The Ironmen plated six on 13 hits and stranded nine. Both teams committed two errors apiece in the field of play.
Brandt Nowaskie, Jarett Smetana, Parke Phillips and Joe Crank all finished the contest with three-hit performances at the plate.
Nowaskie was just a home run shy of the elusive cycle, belting a single, a double and a triple on the night to go along with a run scored and a run batted in. Smetana had a trio of singles and scored twice. Phillips finished with a pair of doubles, a single, three runs scored and an RBI. Crank also recorded three singles, scored once and drove a run in.
Brady Hettinger also had a multi-hit game with a single and a double, scoring once and driving in three runs in the victory. Jake Hoover knocked a single en route to scoring a run and driving in two. Austin Hathaway continued to hit well and finished with a single and an RBI. Josh Kent rounded out the onslaught of offense from Galion on Tuesday evening, scoring a run.
As a team, the Graders were 16/42 at the dish with 11 singles, four doubles and a triple; scoring 10 runs on nine runs batted in while walking three times and striking out five. Galion also had two stolen bases in the game; one by Nowaskie, his fourth of the year and one by Crank, his second.
Justin Longbrake got the nod as the starter for the visitors and earned the win, going six innings on the night. Longbrake allowed 10 hits and five runs (four earned) while walking three and striking out three. Clay Davies came on in relief to pitch the remainder of the ballgame (three innings). Davies surrended just three hits and one earned run while fanning five Ironmen batters to pick up the save.
Galion will now host the Ironmen at Heddleson Field on Wednesday before a trip to Celina for a meeting with the Grand Lake Mariners on Thursday. On Friday, the Mariners will travel to Galion to meet up with the Graders for one last Central Division match-up. The final weekend series of the 2017 campaign will bring the Xenia Scouts to Galion on Saturday before the Graders head south to play their final game of the year on Sunday.
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