NELSONVILLE, Ohio — One day really can make all the difference.
After dropping a 10-1 decision to Nelsonville-York on Tuesday, the Meigs baseball team flipped the script and topped the Buckeyes by a 7-1 count in Wednesday’s Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division contest, in Athens County.
The Marauders (13-8, 8-3 TVC Ohio) took a 2-0 lead in the top of the opening inning, as Zach Helton singled home Christian Mattox and Wesley Smith.
Meigs was held scoreless in the second inning, but got back to business in the third. Smith doubled to lead off the frame and then Luke Musser singled him home. Musser then scored on a single by Zach Helton, who scored the final run of the frame after a two-out error.
The Buckeyes (13-5, 7-4) got one run back in the bottom of the third, as Reece Robson drove in Garrett Maiden. However, NYHS failed to make it beyond second base for the remainder of the game.
The Marauder lead was back at four runs, at 6-1, as a two-out error allowed Luke Musser to score in the fifth frame. The final run of Meigs’ 7-1 victory came in the top of the seventh, when Musser drove in Smith.
Musser was the winning pitcher of record in a complete game on the mound for the Marauders, striking out eight batters and allowing one unearned run, on four hits, two walks and one hit batter.
Hunter Dobbs suffered the setback in six innings of work for NYHS, striking out seven, while allowing six runs, on six hits and two walks.
Smith and Helton were both 3-for-4 at the plate to lead the Marauders. Helton scored once and drove in three runs, while Smith doubled once and scored three times.
Musser helped his own cause with a single, two runs scored and two RBIs, while Mattox singled once and scored once.
Robson led the Buckeyes, going 3-for-4 with an RBI.
Nelsonville-York committed two errors, while Meigs had one. The Buckeyes left seven runners on base, four more than the Marauders.
After hosting Jackson on Thursday, Meigs will finish TVC Ohio play at River Valley, on a date yet to be determined.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.