ROCKSPRINGS, Ohio — A good start led to a smooth finish for the Meigs baseball team Thursday night following a 12-1 victory in five innings over visiting Nelsonville-York during a Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division matchup in Meigs County.
The Marauders (10-4, 4-2 TVC Ohio) never trailed en route to their fourth straight win, as the hosts jumped out to a 1-0 lead after an inning of play and never looked back. Michael Davis led the bottom of the first off with a single and later scored the eventual game-winning run on a one-out single by Bradley Helton.
MHS followed by sending a dozen batters to the plate in the second frame, which resulted in seven runs on seven hits, a walk and a hit batsman — making it an 8-0 contest through two complete.
The Buckeyes (2-8, 1-4) broke into the scoring column in the third after a walk, a single and a fielder’s choice allowed Campbell to score — making it an 8-1 contest midway through three. Meigs countered with four runs in its half of the third to wrap up the scoring at its 11-run outcome.
The Marauders outhit NYHS by a sizable 13-1 overall margin and neither team committed an error in the game. The Buckeyes stranded just two runners on base, while the hosts left seven on the bags.
Cameron Mattox picked up the winning decision after allowing two walks over five innings while striking out seven. Lent suffered the setback after surrendering 11 runs, 11 hits and three walks over two-plus frames while fanning one.
Helton and Kaileb Sheets each led MHS with three hits, followed by Davis and Taylor Rowe with two safeties apiece. Mattox, Luke Musser and Ray Johnson also had a hit each in the triumph.
Helton drove in a team-best three RBIs, while Rowe and Sheets each knockes in two RBIs. Davis scored a team-high three runs, followed by Rowe, Ty Phelps and Cody Bartrum with two runs scored apiece.
Lent had the lone safety for Nelsonville-York. Campbell and Martin also reached base safely on walks.