JACKSON, Ohio — Whereas most clubs have not, the Meigs Marauders have indeed found a way to crack the “Iron” of Jackson.
That’s because the Marauders, in even surprising dominating fashion on Monday, blanked the Ironmen 9-0 in a non-league baseball tilt at “Sparky” Haller Field in Jackson.
The Marauders mustered single runs in the first and third innings — and erupted for three runs in the second and four in the fourth frame en route to the road-show shutout.
Meigs managed 11 hits against three Jackson pitchers, as Marauder hurler Christian Mattox mastered the Ironmen to the tune of four hits and one walk with six strikeouts.
With the win, the Marauders moved to 18-5 — and completed the regular-season sweep of the Ironmen, which dipped to 15-5.
In the second game of the season at Meigs, Kaileb Sheets scored the game’s only run in the eighth inning — giving the Maroon and Gold the walkoff win.
Monday’s matchup marked Meigs’ third consecutive victory over Jackson, dating back to last season’s Division II sectional semifinal — in which the Marauders made a two-day comeback and won a suspended bout 4-3.
This contest, though, was lopsided from start to finish.
Mattox retired the Red and White 1-2-3 in the first, fourth, fifth and sixth stanzas — along with seeing the minimum three Ironmen in the second.
From the third through the sixth, he retired 11 Ironmen in a row, allowing only two singles apiece in the third and seventh.
Tyler Storms reached on a leadoff walk in the second, but was caught stealing.
Austin Leach and Shawn Arthur singled in the third, and Hunter Sexton and Kendall Neal singled in the last.
But both lead runners were forced out on fielder’s choices, ending any serious scoring threats.
Offensively for Meigs, Sheets — who scored three runs and led the Marauders with three hits — doubled with one out in the first, then scored on an RBI-single by Chase Whitlatch.
As it turned out, it was all the runs the Marauders needed for the win.
Whitlatch, Mattox and catcher Cody Bartrum boasted two hits apiece, including a pair of RBI-singles by Bartrum.
Bartrum’s RBI-single scored Whitlatch in the fourth for a 5-0 advantage, as Mattox’s RBI-single made it 8-0 in the fifth.
Whitlatch also scored in the third, as Luke Musser’s RBI on a fielder’s choice scored Bartrum to make it 4-0.
Alec Bissell in the second and Musser in the fifth rounded out the Marauders’ hits.
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106