ALBANY, Ohio — A third straight win and a step toward a third straight title.
The Meigs baseball team took the first step in pursuit of a third straight Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division championship, on Monday night in Athens County. The Marauders claimed their third consecutive triumph and opened their league schedule with a 3-0 victory over Alexander, which has shared the league title with Meigs and another team in each of the last two seasons.
The Marauders (5-1, 1-0 TVC Ohio) scored the game’s opening run on a two-out error in the top of the first inning, as sophomore Wesley Smith found his way home. MHS senior Luke Musser, who reached base on the Spartan defensive mishap, was singled home by Christian Mattox to give the guests a 2-0 lead.
Meigs scored its third and final run of the game with two outs in the third inning, when Zach Helton singled and was then singled in by Musser.
The three-run cushion was easily enough for Musser and the MHS defense, as the Spartans only brought the potential game-tying run to the plate twice in the final five innings.
Musser earned the pitching win with a complete game shut out, in which he struck out nine, walked three and allowed just two hits.
Chace Harris suffered the loss on the mound for AHS, allowing three runs, one earned, on four hits and three walks. Harris struck out seven batters in six innings of work. Sean Turill pitched the final frame for AHS and he walked one batter.
Mattox led the MHS offense with two hits and one RBI in two at-bats. Musser singled once, scored once and drove in one run, Helton added a single and a run scored, while Smith crossed home plate once.
Conner Kimbrough doubled once for AHS, while Jordan Colburn chipped in with a single.
The Marauders left seven on base and committed two errors in the win. Meanwhile, Alexander stranded six runners and committed one error.
Meigs is scheduled to face the Spartans again on April 19, in Rocksprings.
The Maroon and Gold are back in action on Wednesday, when they play host to Athens.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.