JACKSON – Three Jackson players drove in a run, powering the Ironmen to a 4-2 win against Adena at the new and improved Dick “Sparky” Haller Field on Tuesday.

“We wanted to come out here in our new (look) ballpark for our home-opener and play well. I don’t know we necessarily did that. Pitching and defense won the game tonight,” said Jackson head coach Josh McGraw. “We had some young guys in the lineup, and we came away with the win.”

Coach McGraw could not say enough about his starting pitcher, Drew Bragg. But Bragg was not the only one who shined for the Ironmen, as Logan Camp came on in relief and earned the save with a perfect inning and a third in relief of Bragg.

“Logan looked like he had been out there doing this for the one-millionth time. I was impressed,” said McGraw. “He is the guy we are going to lean on out of the bullpen.”

Bragg pitched 5.2 innings and struggled early, giving up two runs in the first inning. It didn’t look as if things were going to get any better after he walked the bases loaded in the top of the second.

But the right-handed junior settled in and retired 11 in the row, including 13 of the next 14 batters he faced, before exiting the game with two outs in the sixth.

“It was his first time on the mound in two years,” McGraw said about his starting pitcher. “He is not necessarily in the best shape yet, as far as his arm. Today was a great game for him, but I know he can do a million times better once we get his arm in shape.

“He is going to be exciting on the mound for us this year. I think he has the chance to be one of the top pitchers in southeastern Ohio.”

After Adena took a 2-0 lead, the Ironmen (2-0) got a run back in the bottom of the inning when Caeleb McGraw drove in Holden Blankenship to cut the lead to 2-1.

Blankenship led off the inning with a double and Isaac Kuhn lined a double into right field, but Blankenship was held at third. Two batters later Bragg was walked to load the bases before McGraw’s sacrifice fly to left was deep enough for Blankenship to score.

In the bottom of the second inning, the Ironmen loaded the bases on a lead-off walk to Boston Kuhn, a single by Bryson Brown, and a walk to Blankenship.

Kuhn scored on a sacrifice fly by Isaac Kuhn, and Jackson scored the go-ahead run on a single by Bragg. Two batters later, McGraw hit into a fielder’s choice to plate another run to make it 4-1.

That would prove to be all the offense the Ironmen would need the rest of the way.

“I think we can be as good as we want to be this season,” said McGraw. “We are a team that is going to be a pitching and defensive team first. This could be the best defensive team I have ever had.”

The Ironmen committed only one error in the game, coming in the top of the first inning.

Jackson finished with eight hits, as Ty Broermann went 2-for-3 and scored a run, while six players totaled one hit apiece, including Blankenship, Isaac Kuhn, Bragg, Cade Wolford, Bryson Brown, and Haydn Brown. Isaac Kuhn, Bragg, and McGraw also drove in a run each for Jackson.

The Ironmen will return to Dick “Sparky” Haller Field on Saturday in a doubleheader against Minford and Warren, starting at 11 a.m.