CHILLICOTHE – Jackson junior Holden Blankenship had a career-high four triples during the Ironmen’s 16-6 win over Gallia Academy on Saturday at the V.A. Memorial Stadium.

His four triples tied Mike Karaglan of Parma Heights Holy Name for most triples in a single game in the OHSAA state record book. Karaglan accomplished the feat against Elyria Catholic in 2005.

Blankenship finished 4-for-5 with four RBI in the win. He hit triples in the first, third, fifth, and sixth innings and scored three runs for the Ironmen, which improved to 1-0 on the season.

Issac Kuhn, Caeleb McGraw, Landon Camp, and Nate McManaway, turned in multiple hits with two apiece, while Camp finished with two RBI.

On the mound, Boston Kuhn turned in a solid outing. He pitched 3.1 innings, allowing five runs on three hits to earn the win. Kuhn walked three and finished with 10 strikeouts. The senior hurler struck out eight of the first 11 batters he faced before being lifted after giving up five runs in the top of the fourth.

Gallia Academy scored six runs during the frame to close within a run at 7-6.

However, the Ironmen pulled away, scoring three runs in the bottom of the inning and one in the fifth to open an 11-6 lead.

A five-run sixth inning that saw the Ironmen get five consecutive hits helped lead Jackson to the 16-6, 10-run rule victory.

Landon Erwin and Cade Wolford both came on in relief and closed out the game for the Ironmen, surrendering one run on one hit with two walks and six strikeouts over 2.2 innings of work.

As a team, it was a season-high in runs (16) for the Ironmen, as well as hits (16).

The Ironmen got the offense going early, as Blankenship tripled to right-center field. Isaac Kuhn followed with a run-scoring single to give Jackson a 1-0 lead. Kuhn advanced to second on a passed ball, and Ty Broermann walked two pitches later. Drew Bragg reached on a bunt single to load the bases, and a sacrifice fly to right by McGraw allowed Kuhn to score. Broermann, who went 1-for-1 with three walks for the game, scored on a passed ball, and Bragg scored on Camp’s groundout to the left side of the infield to put the Ironmen on top, 6-0.

Jackson added three more runs in the third to build a 7-0 lead, with one of those runs coming on Blankenship’s second triple of the game with two outs.

The Ironmen returned to action on Tuesday night in their home-opener against Adena. Jackson will take on Unioto on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. at the Chillicothe V.A. Memorial Stadium.