BIDWELL, Ohio — Just finishing off what they started.
The Meigs softball team completed its perfect run through the Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division, topping host River Valley by a 7-6 count, on Wednesday night in Gallia County.
Meigs (21-4, 12-0 TVC Ohio) — which surpassed its previous school record of 20 wins in a season with the victory — took a 2-0 lead in the top of the opening inning, as Taylor Swartz and Alliyah Pullins scored on separate errors.
River Valley (7-15, 3-9) — which finished sixth in the seven-team league — got one run back in the bottom of the second inning, when Baylee Hollanbaugh made it home on a two-out passed ball.
The Lady Marauder lead was back to two runs, at 3-1, in the top of the third, as Peyton Rowe doubled home Pullins. However, RVHS tied the game in the bottom of the fourth frame, when Kaylee Tucker drove in Isabella Mershon, and then Hollanbaugh scored on another two-out passed ball.
Meigs reestablished its lead with one out in the top of the fifth inning, when Rowe doubled home Pullins. The Lady Marauders pushed two more runs across with two outs in the frame, as Rowe and Bre Colburn both scored.
The Silver and Black rallied back to within one run, with two outs in the bottom of the fifth, as Cierra Roberts doubled home Sydney Little and then scored on a Chloe Gee double.
With two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning, RVHS tied the game at six, as Arika Barr tripled home Kasey Birchfield.
However, a walk followed by two singles loaded the bases for MHS in the top of the seventh. MHS senior Danielle Morris scored the game-winning run on a sac-fly by fellow senior Morgan Lodwick.
River Valley reached on an error with one out in the bottom of the seventh, but back-to-back fielder’s choice groundouts gave Meigs the 7-6 win.
MHS freshman Breanna Zirkle earned the pitching victory in 2.1 innings of relief, striking out one and allowing one earned run on two hits. Pullins pitched the first 4.2 frames for Meigs, striking out three, walking three and allowing five runs, three earned, on six hits.
Barr suffered the setback in six innings of work for RVHS, fanning three and allowing seven runs, three earned, on five hits and four walks. Hollanbaugh pitched the remainder of the game for the Silver and Black, surrendering three hits and striking out one batter.
Rowe led the victors at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two doubles, one run scored and two runs batted in. Pullins was 2-for-4 with a double, three runs scored and one RBI in the win, Colburn singled once and scored once, while Zirkle and Rachel Kesterson each contributed a single. Swartz and Morris both crossed home once for the Maroon and Gold, while Lodwick drove in two runs.
Hollanbaugh led the hosts offensively, going 2-for-3 with a triple and two runs scored. Barr tripled once and drove in one run for the Lady Raiders, Roberts doubled once, scored once and drove in one run, while Gee had a double and an RBI. Little chipped in with a double and a run scored, Mershon and Birchfield both singled once and scored once, while Tucker contributed an RBI to the RVHS cause.
River Valley committed three errors and left four runners on base, while Meigs had two errors and left eight runners stranded.
The Lady Marauders also defeated the Silver and Black on April 17, by a 15-0 count in Rocksprings.
This marks the final game for seniors from both teams. Meigs’ six seniors are Alliyah Pullins, Devyn Oliver, Danielle Morris, Morgan Lodwick, Bre Colburn and Maddison Woodyard, while River Valley’s three seniors are Savannah Halfhill, Sydney Little and Destiny Williams.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.