NELSONVILLE, Ohio — It was indeed a softball game on Wednesday, but the Meigs Lady Marauders made it into a football-like final score.
Thanks to amassing 10 runs apiece in back-to-back innings, the Lady Marauders rolled to a 21-0 Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division shutout of the Nelsonville-York Buckeyes at Blackburn Field in Nelsonville.
With the easy win, Meigs has now handled its three TVC-Ohio opponents by a whopping combined score of 50-6.
And, those three league wins cover a span of only 14 innings played.
Wednesday’s contest was called following the fourth inning by agreement of the coaches.
The Marauders, which have also routed Vinton County 18-5 and Athens 11-1, moved to 7-1 overall — and 3-0 in the league.
Wellston is also 3-0 in the division, while defending champion Alexander is now 2-0.
The winless Buckeyes fell to 0-6 overall — and 0-3 in the TVC.
The Marauders, after only three batters went to the plate in the opening inning, erupted for 10 runs in each of the next two stanzas.
They then scored a final point in the fourth, collecting 20 hits as a team.
Alliyah Pullins paced Meigs with four hits and four runs batted in, including a home run.
Devyn Oliver, Taylor Swartz and Rachel Gilkey garnered three hits apiece, as Sadie Fox and Morgan Lodwick landed two hits each.
Peyton Rowe, Danielle Morris and Bre Colburn collected one hit apiece.
Lodwick worked all four innings in the pitcher’s circle, facing 15 batters and only allowing four baserunners.
One reached on a leadoff error in the second, another on a one-out double in the third, another on a leadoff single in the fourth, and finally a runner on a fielder’s choice.
She struck out five, retired the side 1-2-3 in the opening inning, and faced four batters in each of the final four frames.
The Marauders were set to host Point Pleasant in a non-league tilt on Thursday.
Meigs returns to TVC-Ohio action today (Friday, April 8) when it hosts River Valley.
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106