ROCKSPRINGS, Ohio — Survive and advance.
The Meigs softball team held on for a 6-3 victory over guest Southeastern Friday night, and the Lady Marauders are sectional champions.
The Maroon and Gold got things started when Brook Andrus drove in Devyn Oliver and then scored on a Sadie Fox sacrifice in the bottom of the first. Oliver, Fox and Alliyah Pullins all scored in the third inning to push the Lady Marauder advantage to 5-0. Katie Gilkey drove home Lindsay Patterson in the bottom of the sixth inning to put Meigs on top 6-0.
The Lady Panthers pushed across three runs in the seventh inning but the Lady Marauders got out of the jam and escaped with the 6-3 win.
Destinee Blackwell earned the pitching victory after throwing a complete game in which she allowed three runs on nine hits and three walks, while striking out two. Lesley Dickey suffered the loss for Southeastern after allowing six runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out one in a complete game effort.
The Lady Marauders offense was led by Devyn Oliver with three hits, followed by Brook Andrus, Sadie Fox, Danielle Morris, Katie Gilkey, Lindsey Patterson and Alliyah Pullins with one hit each. Fox had two runs batted in, Pullins, Andrus, Morris and Gilkey each had one, while Oliver scored twice, and Pullins, Andrus, Fox and Patterson each crossed the plate once.
The Lady Panthers were led by Murta with three hits and a run scored, followed by Cooper with two hits and an RBI. Wheeler had a hit a run and an RBI, Brown had a hit and scored, while Baxter and Cockerell each had a hit.
The Lady Marauders advance to the district semifinal and will travel to face Zane Trace on Tuesday at 6 p.m.