CHESHIRE, Ohio — At the site of a power plant, there was a late power surge from the Meigs High School softball squad on Monday.
That’s because the visiting Marauders scored nine of their 13 runs in the final two innings, en route to rolling the River Valley Raiders 13-1 in a Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division softball game at Cheshire Field.
Meigs, which had enjoyed winning and scoring streaks of seven consecutive contests of posting at least 10 runs while holding an opponent to under nine, repeated that statistic with 13 runs on 11 hits.
The Marauders managed a single run in the opening inning, then scored three runs apiece in the second and fourth frames, followed by a six-run eruption in the fifth.
River Valley, on back-to-back two-out walks with an RBI-single, scored its only run in the second.
The contest was called following the fifth inning with the 10-run mercy rule.
In similar fashion two weeks ago, the Marauders mustered some late tallies to mercy-rule the Raiders 12-2.
With the win, the Marauders remain right behind TVC-Ohio leader Alexander, as Meigs is now 9-1 in the division with Alexander — which handed Meigs its only league loss — atop at 8-0.
The Marauders moved to 16-3 overall, as River Valley fell to 6-9— and 3-5 in the TVC-Ohio.
Meigs got the game’s opening run when Taylor Swartz and Sadie Fox singled with one out, then Swartz scored on Alliyah Pullins’ sacrifice fly.
The Maroon and Gold got all the runs it needed for the win with one swing on the initial at-bat in the second stanza — when Peyton Rowe ripped a solo home run.
The Marauders made it 4-0 after one-and-a-half — on a two-out two-run double by Swartz, who scored Bre Colburn and Devyn Oliver, who both reached on fielder’s choices.
They then answered the Raiders’ run and a 1-2-3 third with a three-run fourth, as Fox smashed a three-run home run for the 7-1 advantage.
In the fifth, Rowe reached on a fielder’s choice and Danielle Morris and Morgan Lodwick laced back-to-back doubles, with Lodwick driving in both Rowe and Morris.
Pullins’ RBI-double made it 13-1, as Oliver and Swartz scored three times apiece, with Swartz going a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate — with three singles and three RBI.
Ashley Gilmore was the Raiders’ pitcher.
Meigs’ Maddison Woodyard went the distance for its pitching victory, allowing only the two second-inning walks with three hits while striking out five.
She retired the Raiders 1-2-3 in the first and third frames, and faced four batters apiece in the fourth and fifth.
In the second, River Valley earned its run when Reilly Barcus and Erin Morgan drew back-to-back two-out walks — and scored on a single by Chloe Gee.
The only other Raider baserunners were Cori Williams on an error in the fourth, Barcus on a triple in the fourth, and Mariah Hurt on a single in the fifth.
The Marauders, which played Philo on Tuesday in a non-league tilt at Marietta College, host Wellston today in a critical TVC-Ohio bout.
The Golden Rockets are 6-2 in the league, so the contest is essentially an elimination game for the division championship.
River Valley, which hosted Rock Hill on Tuesday in a non-league makeup matchup, travels to Nelsonville-York today for another TVC-Ohio duel.
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106
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