Marauders sweep Marietta in twinbill

By Alex Hawley -

ROCKSPRINGS, Ohio — Sometimes one run is all you need, other times you need a little more.

The Meigs baseball team experienced both on Saturday, as the undefeated Marauders claimed victories of 1-0 and 7-4 over non-conference guest Marietta.

The opening game of the twinbill began with the Tigers (8-5) leaving a runner in scoring position, in the top of the first frame.

Meigs (13-0) sophomore Christian Mattox led off the bottom of the first inning with a single, which turned out to be the Marauders’ lone hit of the first game. With one out in the bottom of the first inning, the Maroon and Gold drew three straight walks, with Layne Acree drawing the base on balls that brought Mattox home.

The hosts left the bases loaded in the first inning, after back-to-back ground-outs.

Marietta had one hit in each of the next two innings, while the Marauders left a runner in scoring position in both the second and third frames. The hosts didn’t reach base for the remainder of the game.

The Orange and Black were held off base for the fourth and fifth innings, but loaded the bases with two outs in the top of the sixth. However, a ground-out to the pitcher let Meigs escape the jam unscathed. Marietta was retired in order in the seventh frame, and the Maroon and Gold claimed the 1-0 win.

Senior Kaileb Sheets earned the pitching victory for Meigs, tossing the first 5.2 innings and coming back in for the final three-outs. Sheets allowed five hits and one base on balls, while striking out 10 batters. Chase Whitlatch pitched the final out of the sixth inning and retired the only Tiger he faced.

Marietta out-hit Meigs 5-to-1 in the game, with Turner Hill leading the Tigers with two hits in three at-bats. Brandon Neville doubled once for the guests, while Trent Dawson and Danny Hiser each singled once.

Meigs left five runners on base in the first game, while Marietta stranded four runners. Neither team committed an error in game one.

In the opening inning of the second game, Marietta — which didn’t have a hit in the frame — scored two runs, taking advantage of two Meigs errors and one free pass.

The Marauders answered with one out in the bottom of the first inning, as junior Cody Bartrum hit a three-run home run.

Meigs added on in the second inning, as Mattox hit a two-out single and then scored following three straight walks, the third of which gave Bartrum his fourth RBI of the day. However, the hosts left the bases loaded in the second.

The Tigers tied the game in the top of the third, as Mason Tatro hit a two-out single, plating Dawson and Neville.

After two scoreless frames for each side, the hosts broke the 4-all tie with one out in the bottom of the fifth, when Alec Bissell doubled home Bartrum and Acree. T.J. Williams, who reached on an error in the bottom of the fifth, came around to score and gave the Maroon and Gold a 7-4 lead.

The guests only managed one hit over the final four innings, and Meigs claimed the three-run victory.

Meigs junior Luke Musser was the winning pitcher of record, allowing four runs, three earned, on five hits and four walks. Musser struck out seven batters in five innings on the hill. K.J. Tracy pitched the final two innings for the hosts and earned the save, striking out one and walking one, without giving up a hit.

Duckworth was the losing pitcher of record, after giving up two runs on two hits and one walk, in 2.1 innings of relief work.

Bartrum led the Marauder offense with one home run, one single, two runs scored and four RBI in three at-bats. Acree was also 2-for-3, singling twice and scoring once. Bissell was 1-for-2 with a double and two RBI, Mattox was 1-for-4 with a single and one run scored, while Sheets, Musser and Williams each scored once.

Neville led the guests in the second game, with one double and one run scored in three at-bats. Tatro singled once and drove in two runs, Hiser singled once and had one RBI, while Dawson singled once and scored once. Isaac Danford singled once in the loss, while Hill scored one run.

After a meeting with Athens on Monday, the Marauders will return to the diamond on Wednesday, when Vinton County visits Rocksprings. The Maroon and Gold claimed a 13-3 victory at VCHS on April 1.

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

By Alex Hawley