ROCKSPRINGS, Ohio — A pitching gem and defense to match.
Thanks in large part to zero errors and a complete game shut out thrown by senior Luke Musser, the Meigs baseball team picked up a 4-0 victory over Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division guest Wellston, on Friday night in Meigs County.
The Marauders (12-7, 7-2 TVC Ohio) scored the game-winning run in the home half of the first inning, when Musser drove home Christian Mattox. In the very next at-bat, Zach Helton singled home Briar Wolfe to give the hosts a 2-0 advantage.
The Maroon and Gold scored their third run of the game in the second inning, when Cole Arnott drove in Brentten Young.
Following a scoreless third inning, Meigs scored its final run of the night with one out in fourth frame, as Tyler Williams singled home Zach Helton.
Wellston (11-8, 6-5) made it into scoring position in five of the seven innings, but the Marauders escaped unscathed in each of the frames and claimed the 4-0 win.
Musser earned the pitching victory, allowing just five hits, while striking out five batters, walking three and hitting one.
Noah Henry pitched four innings and suffered the setback on the mound for WHS, allowing four runs, on four hits, three walks and one hit batter.
MHS sophomore Tyler Johnson led the victors at the plate, going a perfect 2-for-2 with a double. Young doubled once and scored once in the win, Helton was 1-for-1 with a run scored and an RBI, Wolfe singled once and scored once, while Williams contributed a single and an RBI to the winning cause.
Musser and Arnott both drove in one run for Meigs, while Mattox scored once.
Henry accounted for the majority of the Golden Rocket offense, as he went 3-for-3 in the loss.
The guests committed the game’s only error. Six Marauders were stranded on base, while WHS left a total of 10.
Meigs also defeated the Blue and Gold on April 12, by a 5-2 margin at WHS.
After hosting Nelsonville-York on Saturday, the Marauders will be back in action on Monday, at River Valley.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.