CENTENARY, Ohio — Like spring weather, sometimes it takes a while to warm up.
But that’s exactly what the Meigs High School softball squad did on Thursday.
Against Gallia Academy, the visiting Marauders amassed all 11 of their runs in three of the final four innings — and totaled 20 hits in their 11-4 non-league victory over the host Blue Angels.
With the win, Meigs raised its record to 2-1, while Gallia Academy is now 1-2.
After opening with back-to-back basehits by Devyn Oliver and Taylor Swartz, Meigs failed to produce a single baserunner in its next nine at-bats — against Gallia Academy pitcher Hunter Copley.
But the Marauders erupted after a leadoff walk to Swartz in the fourth, as they scored three runs on five consecutive basehits to break a scoreless tie.
Then, holding a 3-2 advantage following five, Meigs mustered three more markers on a pair of hits and two Blue Angel errors in the sixth.
In the seventh, the floodgates before Thursday night’s rainfall completely opened — as the Maroon and Gold went off for five runs on their final nine hits.
In the fifth, Swartz and Alliyah Pullins posted singles, but were stranded at second and first.
Nevertheless, the 11 runs with nine earned and 20 hits off Copley — combined with three GAHS errors —were more than enough for Meigs pitcher Maddison Woodyard to work with.
Both hurlers tossed complete games, but Woodyard only allowed two earned runs on eight hits with three strikeouts.
Woodyard retired the Blue Angels 1-2-3 in the first and fourth frames, and faced four batters apiece in the second and third.
The only Gallia Academy hits until the fifth were a Kimberly Edelmann double in the second, and a leadoff single in the third by Allie Jo Clagg.
Edelmann doubled again to lead off the fifth, then Clagg plated her with an RBI-single.
In between, Carly Shriver singled, as Copley crossed Clagg with an RBI-basehit.
In the seventh, Shriver walked to lead off, as Ryleigh Caldwell reached on an error.
Alex Barnes then singled Shriver home, before Jenna Meadows — who singled in the sixth — brought in Caldwell for the 11-4 final.
Swartz, Pullins, Bre Zirkle and Peyton Rowe racked up three hits apiece for Meigs, as Rowe recorded a seventh-inning double.
Danielle Morris, Morgan Lodwick and Bre Colburn collected two hits apiece, as Colburn, Zirkle, Lodwick and Rowe registered one RBI.
Woodyard added a hit and one RBI, as Oliver’s sacrifice flies to left in the sixth and seventh drove in runs.
Both clubs have league tilts on Monday, when Meigs travels to Alexander for the Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division opener, while Gallia Academy hosts South Point in Ohio Valley Conference action.
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106