ROCKSPRINGS, Ohio — If you can average two runs an inning, you’re probably going to be pretty successful.
The Meigs baseball team crossed home plate two dozen times in Saturday’s twinbill with non-conference guest Eastern, as the Marauders claimed the sweep by counts of 12-2 and 12-7.
Meigs (6-0) scored four times on three hits and four walks in the first inning of the opening game, and the Maroon and Gold added a fifth run in the second frame.
Eastern (3-3) scored its first run of the day in the top of the third inning, after a pair of MHS errors. The Marauders answered with four runs on two hits and four free passes in the fourth inning, making the hosts’ lead 9-1.
After a scoreless fifth frame for both sides, EHS scored its second run with two-outs in the top of the sixth, when Jesse Morris came home on a passed ball.
After a one-out walk in the bottom of the sixth, the Marauders strung together three straight hits, plating three runs to enforce the 12-2 mercy rule victory.
MHS senior Kaileb Sheets was the winning pitcher of record, striking out two, while allowing two unearned runs on four hits in a complete game effort.
Josh Brewer suffered the loss for the Green and Gold, surrendering eight runs on five hits and nine walks in three innings on the hill. Morris struck out three in 2.1 innings of relief, while allowing three runs on five hits and two walks.
The MHS offense was led by Sheets and Chase Whitlatch, who were both 2-for-3 in the win. Sheets doubled once, singled once, scored twice and stole two bases, while Whitlatch tripled once, singled once, scored three times, drove in one run and stole one base.
Alec Bissell posted one double, one run scored and one RBI in three at-bats for the Marauders, Cody Bartrum added one single, two runs scored, one RBI and one stolen base in two at-bats, while Luke Musser had one single, one run scored, two RBI and one stolen base in two at-bats.
Zach Helton went 1-for-3 with a single, a run scored and two RBI, K.J. Tracy was 1-for-2 with a single, a run scored and a stolen base, Christian Mattox chipped in with one single and one RBI, while Layne Acree finished with one run scored and two RBI.
Ethen Richmond doubled once in three at-bats to lead the Eagles at the plate, while Morris was 1-for-3 with a single and a run scored. Brewer and Dillon Swatzel each added one single, while Reagan Rucker scored once for the Green and Gold.
In the first game, Meigs committed three errors, while EHS had none. The Marauders left seven runners on base in the win, while Eastern stranded three.
Eastern charged out to a 4-0 lead in the second game, as the Eagles paired three hits with three free passes and one MHS error in the top of the first inning.
The Marauders were held off the scoreboard for the first two innings, but then cut the EHS lead in half in the bottom of the third, scoring two runs on one hit, one error and one walk.
Meigs turned their two-run deficit into a six-run lead, as the Maroon and Gold scored eight runs on seven hits and two walks in the bottom of the fourth inning.
The Eagles — who had been held scoreless since the first inning — took advantage of a Meigs error in the top of the fifth frame, scoring one run to cut the deficit to 10-5.
Meigs added two insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth, as Musser singled home Bartrum and Tracy with one out. Eastern scored twice in the top of the seventh, but it was too little, too late and the Marauders claimed the 12-7 win.
Tracy earned the pitching victory for Meigs, striking out five in six innings of relief work, while allowing three runs on four hits. Mattox pitched the first inning for the hosts and allowed four runs on three hits and four free passes, while striking out two.
EHS sophomore Owen Arix was the losing pitcher of record, allowing 10 runs on nine hits and four walks in 3.2 frames of work. Morris pitched the final 3.1 innings for the guests, and gave up two runs on four hits and one walk. Both Eagle pitchers struck out one batter.
Tracy led the Marauders at the plate with three singles, two runs scored, one RBI and two stolen bases in four at-bats. Sheets and Bartrum were both 2-for-3 with one double, one single, two runs scored, one RBI and one stolen base, Musser was 2-for-4 with two singles, one run scored and three RBI, while Bissell went 2-for-4 with two singles, one run scored and one RBI.
Mattox doubled once and scored twice in the win, Whitlatch added one single one run scored and three RBI, while Acree crossed the plate once and T.J. Williams stole one base.
Ethen Richmond led the EHS offense, going 2-for-4 with two singles, one run scored and three RBI, while Brewer added one single, one run scored and one RBI in three at-bats. Arix singled once and scored three times, Cameron Richmond singled once and scored once, while Rucker singled once and drove in one run. Swatzel and Nate Durst each added an RBI for the EHS cause.
Both teams committed three errors in the second game. MHS had seven runners left on base, while Eastern stranded six.
Meigs resumed conference play on Monday, while EHS will take on Nelsonvill-York in a non-league game on Tuesday in Tuppers Plains.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.