McARTHUR, Ohio — A gem on the mound leads Meigs to its fourth straight win.
The Marauder baseball team got a huge lift from junior pitcher Cameron Mattox on Thursday night, as he held Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division host Vinton County to just one hit and helped the Maroon and Gold to a 10-0 triumph.
The Meigs (4-0, 2-0 TVC Hocking) leadoff batter, Chase Whitlatch, reached first base on an error to start the game and later came around to scored on a single by Cody Bartrum. The Maroon and Gold added two more runs in the second inning, first when Trenton Cook singled home Ty Phelps and when Bradley Helton brought Cook around to score.
Meigs was at it again in the fourth inning when Damon Jones singled home Michael Davis and then crossed the plate on a single by Bartrum. MHS senior Taylor Rowe added on to the lead with a two-run double in the top of the sixth frame, scoring Whitlatch and Davis, while a sacrifice fly by Luke Musser plated Rowe.
The first three Marauder batters were walked to start the seventh frame, Kaileb Sheets and Helton both scored to secure the 10-0 Meigs victory.
Cameron Mattox earned the win after throwing seven innings of shutout baseball, in which he allowed just one hit, one base on balls and one hit batter. Mattox struck out 10 if the 25 batters he faced and didn’t surrender a hit until the seventh inning.
Ward suffered the loss for Vinton County (0-4, 0-1) after allowing eight runs on 11 hits in six innings of work.
The Marauder offense was led by Bartrum with four basehits, while Rowe and Whitlatch each marked two hits. Jones, Phelps, Cook, Helton and Davis each added one hit for the Maroon and Gold. Bartrum also led the Marauders on the base paths with three stolen bases, followed by Phelps and Davis with two each, and Sheets and Helton with one apiece.
Rowe’s three runs batted in led the Marauders, followed by Bartrum with two. Whitlatch, Jones, Musser, Cook and Helton each drove in one run, while Davis and Whitlatch led Meigs with two runs scored each. Sheets, Jones, Rowe, Phelps, Cook and Helton each scored once in the win.
Vinton County’s lone hit came off the bat of McIntire to leadoff the seventh inning.
Meigs will look to sweep the Vikings on Cinco de Mayo, when Vinton County visits Rocksprings.