Lady Marauders roll Vikings

By Paul Boggs -

ROCKSPRINGS, Ohio —Pencil in those diamonds in the scorebook, and chalk up another victory on the scoreboard, for the Meigs High School softball squad.

That’s because, once again on Wednesday against visiting Vinton County, the Marauders managed to score double digits in runs while also winning a game.

The Lady Marauders moved both their win and scoring streaks to six on Wednesday — with a 14-1 victory over the Vikings in a Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division tilt at Dreams Field.

Meigs scored twice in the opening and final innings, sandwiched around a six-run eruption in the second stanza and a four-run outburst in the third frame.

The Vikings’ only run was an unearned marker in the fourth, as the contest was called following the fifth inning with the 10-run mercy rule.

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

The Marauders moved to 13-2 overall, as Vinton County fell to 7-10 — and 1-7 in the TVC-Ohio.

The Marauders also completed the season sweep of the Lady Vikings, as Meigs won the first meeting 18-5 on April 1.

On Wednesday, Meigs won its sixth consecutive game — and extended to six a couple of scoring streaks.

The Maroon and Gold has scored at least 11 runs, while holding its opponents to under nine, in each of its last six.

In fact, Vinton County’s lone run is the fewest allowed by Meigs in that same streak.

Devyn Oliver led the Lady Marauders against the Vikings, going 3-for-3 with three runs scored and four runs batted in.

Her bases-clearing single in the second made it 5-0.

Bre Colburn, Sadie Fox, Danielle Morris and Lexi King collected two hits apiece, as an RBI-double by Fox made it 7-0 in the second.

Morgan Lodwick with a double in the second and Katie Gilkey with an RBI-single in the fourth were the other two Marauder hits.

Alliyah Pullins’ sacrifice fly for an RBI capped the six-run second stanza.

Colburn also scored three runs, while Fox, Morris, Lodwick and King crossed twice.

Cayla Allen was the pitcher for the Lady Vikings.

Maddison Woodyard went the distance for Meigs for the win, giving up three hits while striking out six.

Sara Owings of Vinton County led off the game with a single, but then Woodyard retired the next eight Vikings in a row, including the side 1-2-3 in the second.

Owings then doubled with two outs in the third, but a Woodyard defensive assist on Allen’s at-bat ended that threat.

The Vikings scored their only run as their leadoff hitter was awarded base on catcher’s interference, and Darian Radabaugh doubled her home on the next at-bat.

From there, though, Woodyard retired the final six Vikings to end the game.

She struck out two in each of the final two innings.

The Marauders return home, and return to TVC-Ohio action, today (Friday, April 22) against Nelsonville-York.

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

By Paul Boggs