ROCKSPRINGS, Ohio — It may have been opening day, but the Marauder pitching staff sure seemed to be in mid-season form.
The Meigs baseball team allowed just one hit and struck out 19 Tornadoes on Saturday afternoon, as the host Maroon and Gold claimed a 4-0 victory over non-conference guest Southern, in the season opener for both teams.
The Marauders (1-0) were held scoreless in the first frame, but got on the scoreboard in the second, when Luke Musser doubled home Layne Acree and then scored on a double by Alec Bissell.
MHS sophomore Christian Mattox reached on an error and later scored in the third inning, pushing the Marauder lead to 3-0 through three frames. Meigs’ final run of the day came in the fourth inning, when Musser drew a base on balls — advanced to third after another walk and a stolen base — and then scored on a passed ball.
Back-to-back walks gave Southern (0-1) a runner in scoring position for just the second time in the game in the top of the seventh inning, but MHS senior Kaileb Sheets struck out the next three batters and capped off the 4-0 victory.
Chase Whitlatch was the winning pitcher of record for the Marauders, as he allowed just one hit and one walk in four innings of work. Eleven of the 12 outs Meigs recorded while Whitlatch was on the mound were via strikeout. Mattox pitched two perfect innings in relief, striking out five of the six batters he faced. Sheets earned the save after walking two batters and striking out three in the seventh inning.
Southern’s Clayton Wood struck out two and suffered the setback in the record book, as he gave up four runs, two earned, on five hits and five walks in four innings. Logan Drummer surrendered one hit and one walk in two innings of relief work for SHS.
The Meigs offense was led by Mattox, who went 2-for-3 with two singles, a run scored and two stolen bases. Bissell was 1-for-1 with a double and one RBI, Musser was 1-for-2 with a double, two runs scored, one RBI and one stolen base, while Acree was 1-for-2 with a single and two stolen bases. Whitlatch added a single for the MHS offense, while Cody Bartrum stole two bases.
Southern’s lone hit of the day was a Blake Johnson single with two outs in the top of the first inning.
Meigs committed two errors in the win, while Southern had one defensive mishap.
These teams are scheduled to meet again on May 4, at Star Mill Park in Racine.
The Tornadoes return to action on Tuesday at Eastern, while Meigs will host Jackson on Tuesday for its next game.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.