ROCKSPRINGS, Ohio — The Lady Marauders ended up on the wrong end of a stellar pitching performance Friday night, as the Maroon and Gold had just two hits in a 12-2 Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division loss to the visiting Lady Rockets of Wellston.
Meigs (4-3, 1-1 TVC Ohio) set the Lady Rockets (4-3, 2-0) down in order in the top of the first and got a triple by Devyn Oliver to lead off the bottom of the first. Oliver scored on a wild pitch but Chelsea McManaway struck out the next three batters to leave the Lady Marauders with just a 1-0 advantage.
Wellston tied the game up in the top of the second inning, with three hits leading to Brittany Johnston crossing the plate. The Lady Golden Rockets broke the game open when they struck for five runs in the third inning, highlighted by a three-run triple by Carissa Darnell.
In the bottom of the fourth inning Brook Andrus hit a one out triple and scored on a passed ball to cut the deficit to 6-2. After being held scoreless for two innings Wellston added four runs in the sixth frame and two in the seventh to secure the 12-2 victory.
McManaway was the winning pitcher of record after allowing two unearned runs on two hits, while walking two and striking out 15, including five in a row at one point.
Destinee Blackwell suffered the loss after throwing five innings and allowing six runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out two. Alliyah Pullins pitched for two innings and surrendered six runs on five hits and three walks.
Andrus and Oliver each had a triple and run scored for the Lady Marauder offense.
Leianna Hanes led the Jackson County natives with three hits, followed by Brittany Johnston, Brook Carpenter and Chelsea McManaway with two apiece. Abby Scott, Sydney Compston, Carissa Darnell, Megan Daily and Madison Kilgour marked one hit each in the win.
Scoring twice for the Lady Rockets were Scott, Johnston and Darnell, while Carpenter, McManaway, Compston, Hanes, Daily and Amber Gilliland each scored once. Darnell drove in a game-high three runs, followed byMcManaway with two. Carpenter, Compston and Hanes each added one RBI in the triumph. Carpenter had a team-best two stolen bases, followed by Gilliland and Dailey with one each.
Meigs will travel to Wellston for the rematch on April 21.