HILLSBORO – The Jackson Ironmen got back on the winning track on Monday, following a disappointing loss at Chillicothe on Friday.

Jackson got a solid performance from a trio of pitchers in the win.

Lane Erwin, who got the start on the mound for the Ironmen, went five innings to earn the victory, as he allowed an earned run on three hits with five strikeouts and a walk.

Bryson Brown, who came on in relief to pitch the sixth, surrendered an unearned run while striking out two and walking two.

Meanwhile, Drew Bragg pitched a scoreless seventh with three strikeouts for Jackson.

With the win, the Ironmen improved to 15-2 overall and 7-2 in the Frontier Athletic Conference.

Hillsboro opened the scoring with a run in the bottom of the first inning to take the lead.

However, the Ironmen exploded for a combined eight runs in the third and fourth innings and never looked back.

Nolan Johnson drove home the first run in the top of the third inning with a single that scored Caeleb McGraw, followed by a two-run double by Landon Camp to give the Ironmen a 3-1 lead.

Jackson scored five runs in the fourth as Cade Wolford, who reached base with a single, scored on a wild pitch. Then a ground ball by Bragg resulted in a two-run error, as Boston Campbell and Holden Blankenship scored to increase the lead to 6-1.

After a single by Johnson, Camp lined a double to left field to score Bragg and Johnson to make it an 8-1 game.

Hillsboro scored a run in the sixth, but Jackson added four insurance runs in the seventh to put the game out of reach. Blankenship grounded into a fielder’s choice to plate the first run, while McGraw and Gavin Jones each singled to drive home a run apiece, and Johnson singled home McGraw to cap the scoring for the Ironmen.

Camp went 2-for-5 with four RBI to lead Jackson on offense, while Johnson had three singles, one run scored, and two runs driven in.

McGraw went 3-for-4 and scored three runs for Jackson, while Bragg scored twice and had two RBI. Blankenship and Jones drove in one run apiece in the win.

The Ironmen traveled to Ironton for a non-league contest on Tuesday.

Chillicothe 11, Jackson 9

CHILLICOTHE – Chillicothe did all its damage in the first three innings to hand the Jackson Ironmen their second loss of the season, 11-8, in a Frontier Athletic Conference baseball game on Friday.

The Ironmen are now 14-2 on the season and 6-2 in the FAC.

Jackson’s offense combined for eight runs on five hits and seven walks, led by Holden Blankenship. Blankenship went 2-for-4 with two RBI and scored a run. Caeleb McGraw also drove in a pair of runs for the Ironmen, while Boston Campbell, Drew Bragg, Nolan Johnson, and Alec Gilliland had one RBI apiece.

Tucker Williams started on the mound for Jackson and went two innings with three strikeouts. He gave up five runs off four hits during his short stint.

Williams was replaced by Wolford in the third inning, the first of three relievers. Wolford allowed four unearned runs on no hits with three walks while going one-third of an inning.

Johnson, who pitched 1.2 innings in relief, suffered the loss for Jackson. Johnson surrendered one run while fanning two and giving up two walks.

Bragg pitched the final two innings, giving up a run on one hit with a pair of strikeouts and two walks.

The Cavaliers capitalized on two Jackson errors and four hits to build a 4-0 lead after two innings of play.

However, the Ironmen answered with eight runs in the top of the third inning.

Jackson began the inning getting the first two hitters on when Cade Wolford reached on an error and Campbell singled. Wolford scored on a single by Blankenship and McGraw singled to score Campbell. A walk to Bragg loaded the bases for the Ironmen, and Blankenship scored on a ground ball by Johnson that resulted in a Chillicothe error, while McGraw crossed the plate on a sacrifice fly by Gilliland to tie the game at 4-4.

The Ironmen again loaded the bases as Bryson Brown walked. Wolford reached on an error, Campbell was hit by a pitch, while Blankenship and McGraw both walked to drive in four more runs for an 8-4 lead.

The lead, however, would be short-lived, as Chillicothe took advantage of five walks, a catcher’s interference call, and a Jackson error to retake the lead, 10-8, in the bottom of the third.

The Cavaliers added a single run in the bottom of the fifth, while the Ironmen scored one run in the sixth, but that would be as close as they would get.