Marauders top Wellston, 4-1

By Alex Hawley -

WELLSTON, Ohio — Now that’s a perfect 10.

The Meigs baseball team kept its 2016 record unblemished on Wednesday night, knocking off Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division host Wellston by a 4-1 count in Jackson County, for the Marauders 10th win of the year.

Meigs (10-0, 5-0 TVC Ohio) scored the game’s opening run in the top of the first inning, as Kaileb Sheets came home on a Cody Bartrum ground-out.

MHS added two more runs in the second inning, as Zach Helton and Luke Musser both singled and scored.

The Golden Rockets (6-2, 3-1) got one run back in the bottom of the second frame, as Michael Graham singled and then scored on an error.

After four straight scoreless innings, Meigs added an insurance run in the top of the seventh, when Bartrum drove in K.J. Tracy. WHS was retired in order in the seventh inning, as the Maroon and Gold capped off the 4-1 win.

Sheets earned the pitching victory for the Marauders, allowing just six hits and one walk in five shutout innings of relief work. MHS starting pitcher Christian Mattox threw two innings and allowed one unearned run on two hits and one walk. Mattox struck out five Golden Rockets, while Sheets fanned three.

Noah Henry took the loss on the mound for WHS, allowing three runs on eight hits in six innings of work. Graham pitched the final frame for Wellston and gave up one run on one hit and three walks. Henry struck out two batters, while Graham struck out one.

Sheets, Helton and Chase Whitlatch each had two singles to lead the MHS offense, with Sheets and Helton each scoring once. Whitlatch and Sheets each had a stolen base in the win.

Musser and Tracy both singled once and scored once for the Maroon and Gold, while Layne Acree contributed one single. Bartrum had a game-best two runs batted in, while Alec Bissell had one RBI.

Nick Cox led the Blue and Gold with two singles in three at-bats. Braydon Womeldorf, Connor Bates, Levi Rafferty, Hunter Whalen, Rice and Graham each singled once for the hosts, with Graham scoring the lone WHS run.

Both teams left six runners on base in the game. Meigs committing two errors in the win, while Wellston had one defensive mishap.

The Marauders — who have outscored foes by a 62-16 clip in 10 games this season — will look to sweep Wellston when the Golden Rockets visit Meigs County on April 27.

Meigs — which hosted River Valley in a TVC Ohio makeup game on Thursday — returns to the diamond on Saturday, when Marietta visits Rocksprings for a twinbill.

Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.

By Alex Hawley