McARTHUR, Ohio — Simply put, the Meigs Marauders made good on an opening statement in the Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division.
That’s because the Marauders mercy-ruled the host Vinton County Vikings on Friday in the TVC-Ohio baseball opener, scoring at least four runs in three innings en route to rolling the Vikings 13-3.
Meigs scored four runs in the first and fifth frames, sandwiched around five runs in the fourth.
Vinton County averted the shutout by scoring all three of its runs in the fifth for the 13-3 final.
The contest was called following the fifth inning with the 10-run mercy rule.
Meigs, along with Alexander and Athens, are the defending division champions — each having gone 10-2 in the TVC-Ohio last year.
With Friday’s win, the Marauders remained perfect at 4-0, while the Vikings —which went winless in the league last season —are 0-4.
The Marauders scored 13 runs on 13 hits, including four in the four-run first, five in the five-run fourth, and three in the four-run fifth.
Meigs combined Christian Mattox’s leadoff walk, followed by four consecutive one-out singles, for its 4-0 lead after one.
Chase Whitlatch, Cody Bartrum, Layne Acree and Zach Helton all had singles, including the two-RBI single by Acree for the 4-0 lead.
Kaileb Sheets led the Marauders with three hits, including a fourth-inning RBI-double.
Whitlatch, Acree, Helton and Luke Musser mustered two hits apiece, including Musser’s two-run double in the fourth.
Bartrum and Alec Bissell, with a single in the fourth, rounded out the Marauders’ hits.
Acree amassed three RBI as Whitlatch drove in Mattox for the game’s opening run.
Mattox and Acree scored three runs each, with Sheets, Whitlatch and Helton each scoring twice.
Bartrum, who also scored a run, was the winning pitcher after working the opening three innings.
He didn’t allow a hit, walked only Noah Waddell in the second, struck out three, and retired the Vikings 1-2-3 in the first and third.
Helton pitched the final two innings, allowing the three earned runs in the fifth with four hits and four walks.
The Vikings had three of their four hits in the fifth, including a double by Austin Ward.
The Marauders returned home on Monday to host Athens in a key league bout, as Athens opened its TVC-Ohio slate with a 17-6 victory over River Valley.
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106