ROCKSPRINGS, Ohio — There was a 1-1 tie four innings into Tuesday night’s Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division showdown in Meigs County, but then the visiting Buckeyes flipped the switch.
The Nelsonville-York baseball team scored nine runs over the final three innings, as the Orange and Brown claimed a 10-1 victory over Meigs and moved into a tie for second place in the league, with the Marauders.
Nelsonville-York (13-4, 7-3 TVC Ohio) took advantage of an error in the top of the first inning, pushing the game’s first run across.
Meigs (12-8, 7-3) — which was retired in order in each of the first two innings — broke through in the bottom of the third inning, as Christian Mattox singled home Tyler Johnson, tying the game at one.
However, the Marauders left two runners in scoring position in the next inning, and failed to advance past second base for the remainder of the game.
NYHS reestablished its lead in the top of the fifth inning, on a two-run home run by Reece Robson. The Buckeyes added two more runs in the fifth and led 5-1 at the conclusion of the frame.
In the sixth inning, Robson hit his second two-run homer of the game, giving the Buckeyes a 7-1 lead. The guests finished off the 10-1 victory with three runs in the top of the seventh.
Robson earned the pitching victory in a complete game for NYHS, striking out eight and allowing just one run, on five hits, one walk and one hit batter.
Mattox suffered the loss in five innings of work for the Marauders, allowing seven runs and nine hits, while striking out four batters, walking two and hitting two. Briar Wolfe pitched the final two frames for MHS, striking out three and surrendering three runs, on two hits and two walks.
Mattox, Johnson, Wesley Smith, Tyler Williams and K.J. Tracy each had a single for the MHS offense, with Mattox earning an RBI and Johnson scoring once.
Robson led the guests with a 3-for-5 day, including two home runs, one double and two runs scored. Garrett Maiden was 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored for the victors.
Meigs left six runners on base and committed five errors, while NYHS left 10 runners stranded and played errorless defense.
After the Marauders and Buckeyes rematch on Wednesday, MHS will return home to host Jackson on Thursday.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.