CHILLICOTHE, Ohio — The Marauders just couldn’t overcome their slow start.
The Meigs baseball team trailed non-conference foe Adena 4-0 by the time the Maroon and Gold recorded their first hit, Thursday night at V.A. Memorial Stadium, and the Warriors rolled to a 9-3 victory.
Adena jumped out to a 3-0 lead in bottom of the second inning, combining five hits with one walk. J.D. Belvins doubled home Braden Wilburn in the third frame, pushing the AHS lead to 4-0.
The Marauders (14-2) scored for the first time in the top of the fifth inning, when T.J. Williams drove in Cody Bartrum. Adena expanded the lead to 6-1 in the bottom of the fifth, however, as Hayden Henness tripled home Jake Dawson, and then scored on a single by Gunnar Free.
Meigs got those two runs right back in the top of the sixth, as senior Kaileb Sheets drove in K.J. Tracy, and junior Luke Musser drove in Christian Mattox. However, Adena scored three times in the top of the sixth inning, highlighted by a two-run triple by Henness.
The Marauders were retired in order in the top of the seventh, as Adena secured the 9-3 win.
Free tossed a complete game for the Warriors and was the winning pitcher of record, striking out three and allowing three runs on four hits and two walks.
Musser — who took the loss on the mound for Meigs — struck out two batters in six innings of work, while surrendering nine runs, eight earned, on 15 hits and two walks.
Mattox, Sheets, Musser and Lady Acree each singled for Meigs, with Bartrum, Mattox and Tracy each scoring once. Williams, Sheets and Musser each had one RBI in the setback, with Musser picking up the Marauders’ lone stolen base.
Henness led Adena at the plate, tripling twice, singling one and driving in four runs. Wilburn was 3-for-4 with three runs scored, Dawson was 2-for-2 with two runs and one RBI, while Tommy Preston had two hits, one run scored and one RBI. J.D. Blevins finished with one double, one single and one run scored, Free had one hit and two RBI for the Warriors, Bo Dratwa had one hit and one run scored, while Collin Cory singled once in the win.
Adena left nine runners on base in the setback, while Meigs stranded two.
The Marauders will return to the diamond on Monday, when they visit River Valley.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.