Lady Marauders roll Athens

By Paul Boggs -

THE PLAINS, Ohio — The Meigs High School softball squad scored at least twice in each inning on Monday, and amassed 21 hits en route to defeating the host Athens Bulldogs 17-8 in a Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division tilt.

The Lady Marauders, in completing the season sweep of Athens, scored two runs apiece in innings one, two, four, six and seven — sandwiched around a three-run third inning and a four-run outburst in the fifth.

Athens amounted one run in the first, followed by two apiece in the third and fifth — before finally scoring three in the sixth.

Meigs led 2-1 after one, 7-3 following three, and finally a 13-5 advantage after five before the 17-8 final score.

With the win, the Marauders remain right behind TVC-Ohio leader Alexander, as Meigs is now 6-1 in the division with Alexander — which handed Meigs its only league loss — atop at 7-0.

The Marauders moved to 12-2 overall, as Athens fell to 4-7 — and 3-4 in the TVC-Ohio.

Three pitchers took the circle for Meigs, as Alliyah Pullins pitched the opening three innings and earned the win with three strikeouts.

Morgan Lodwick worked the fourth and fifth and Maddison Woodyard the sixth and last, as Woodyard struck out two.

Devyn Oliver and Katie Gilkey garnered four hits and three runs scored apiece to pace the Marauder offense, as Gilkey had a pair of doubles.

Lodwick landed three hits with Pullins, Danielle Morris and Peyton Rowe rapping out two.

Rowe recorded four runs batted in, with Pullins, Rowe, Woodyard, Lodwick and Taylor Swartz each smacking a double.

The Bulldogs boasted 11 hits, paced by Kat Kroutel who was 3-for-4 with two singles, a double and two RBIs.

The Marauders return home, and return to TVC-Ohio action, against Vinton County today (Wednesday, April 20).

Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106

By Paul Boggs