ROCKSPRINGS, Ohio — Nothing stifles a comeback attempt like a defensive let down.
The Meigs baseball team cut Athens’ lead to one run headed into the final inning of Wednesday night’s Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division showdown in Meigs County, but four MHS errors in the seventh inning halted the run and allowed AHS to escape with a 7-3 victory.
The Bulldogs (6-1, 2-0 TVC Ohio) went ahead 2-0 in the top of the first inning, as Brody Rodgers singled in Brendan Sano, and Brock Stewart scored on an error.
Rodgers and Rece Lonas both scored in the top of the fourth for Athens, extending the Bulldog lead to 4-0.
The Marauders (5-3, 1-1) got two runs back in the bottom of the fourth, as Zach Helton singled home Wesley Smith, and Luke Musser singled home K.J. Tracy.
Meigs added another run in the bottom of the sixth, as Helton doubled and the scored on a Christian Mattox single.
Athens’ 4-3 lead grew to 7-3 thanks to four MHS errors in the seventh inning. Meigs put two runners on base in the bottom of the seventh, but never scored, giving AHS the 7-3 victory.
Rodgers was the winning pitcher of record for Athens, allowing three earned runs on four hits, two walks and one hit batter. Rodgers pitched six innings and struck out nine batters. Cameron Kasler picked up the save for AHS, walking two and striking out one batter, in one inning of work.
Mattox took the loss in the record book for Meigs, allowing four runs, two earned, on four hits and five walks. In five frames on the mound, Mattox struck out six batters. Matt Gilkey finished the night on the mound for Meigs, allowing three unearned runs and one hit batter in two innings of work.
Helton led the hosts at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored and a run batted in. Musser and Mattox both singled and drove in a run, while Smith and Tracy both scored once.
Rodgers helped his own cause with a single, two runs scored and an RBI for the guests. Sano singled once and scored twice in the win, Luke Carpenter and Taylor Stieffel both added a single, while Stewart scored twice and Lonas scored once.
Both teams stranded six runners on base, but Meigs committed seven errors, while Athens played flawless defense.
The Bulldogs and Marauders will clash again on April 21, at AHS.
For its next contest, Meigs is scheduled to host Nelsonville-York on Friday.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.