ROCKSPRINGS, Ohio — It took some timely hitting and a few extra innings, but the Marauders finished off the season sweep of the Blue Devils.
The Meigs baseball team — which claimed a 6-2 victory at Gallia Academy on March 30 — needed 10 innings on Wednesday night in Meigs County, but the Marauders knocked off the Blue and White again. This time MHS won by a 4-3 count, on a walk-off single by Zayne Wolfe.
Gallia Academy (12-6) — which had won six straight headed into Thursday — took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, when Garrett McGuire singled home Wyatt Sipple.
The Marauders (11-7) tied the game at one in the bottom of the first, when Briar Wolfe drove home Christian Mattox.
After a scoreless second frame for both sides, GAHS reestablished its lead on a two-out single by McGuire, which brought home Sipple in the top of the third.
Meigs stranded a runner on second base in the third inning and didn’t reach scoring position again until the sixth frame.
The Blue Devils were held off the board in the fourth and fifth innings, but increased their lead to 3-1 with two outs in the top of the sixth, when Quinton Yarger scored on a error.
The Marauders stranded two runners on base in the sixth inning, but had better luck in the seventh. MHS sophomore Tyler Johnson doubled to lead off the bottom of the seventh, and he scored on a triple by Mattox. In the very next at-bat, Mattox scored on a Wesley Smith sacrifice, tying the game at three and forcing extra innings.
In the eighth inning, the Blue Devils stranded runners on first and second, while Meigs was retired in order.
Gallia Academy loaded the bases with one out in the top of the ninth, but a strikeout and a groundout ended the frame.
The Marauders left two runners on base in the bottom of the ninth, and Gallia Academy stranded one in the top of the 10th.
After a one-out Zach Helton single in the bottom of the 10th, back-to-back walks loaded the bases for the hosts. Pinch hitting for the Marauders, junior Zayne Wolfe singled to right field, bringing home Helton for the game-winning run.
Briar Wolfe earned the pitching victory in relief for Meigs, striking out three, walking three and allowing three hits in three shut out innings. MHS starter Tyler Williams struck out four batters in seven innings, while allowing three runs, two earned, on five hits and four walks.
Kaden Thomas suffered the setback in relief for Gallia Academy, striking out one and allowing two earned runs on three hits and four walks, in 3.1 innings. GAHS starting pitcher Adam Sickels went six innings and allowed two earned runs on four hits and two walks, while striking out two.
The MHS offense was led by Johnson, who was 2-for-3 with a double and one run scored. Mattox tripled once, scored twice and drove in one run, while Smith and Zayne Wolfe both contributed a single and an RBI. Helton singled once and scored once, while Luke Musser chipped in with a single and Briar Wolfe added an RBI.
McGuire and Matthew Moreaux were both 2-for-4 to lead the guests, with McGuire driving in two runs. Sipple singled once and scored twice for GAHS, Sickels, Morgan Stanley and Tanner Allen each contributed a single, while Yarger scored one run.
Both teams stranded a dozen runners apiece in the game. Gallia Academy committed two errors, while Meigs had once defensive miscue.
The Marauders are home on Friday and Saturday, hosting Wellston and Nelsonville York, while the Blue Devils will host Portsmouth on Friday and then visit Wellston on Saturday.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.