RIO GRANDE, Ohio — Sometimes you just have to put the bat on the ball.
The Meigs baseball team did not strike out during a day game against Ironton Friday at the University of Rio Grande. It took the Marauders just five innings to defeat the Tigers 13-2.
The Marauders (10-2) wasted no time putting runs on the board, scoring six runs in the bottom of the first inning on six hits and a walk. Ironton (5-3) threatened to rally with two consecutive two-out hits in the top of the second but Ty Phelps sat Ironton’s Korey Kellogg down on strikes to escape the inning unscathed.
Meigs broke through again in the fourth inning with seven runs on two hits, two errors, and four base on balls. Desperation mode sat in for the Tigers as the needed four runs in the top of the fifth to avoid the mercy rule. Ironton got its first three batters on base and the first two in to score before a six-four-three double play and a six-three ground out ended the inning and the game.
Ty Phelps earned the victory for the Marauders after pitching five innings and giving up two runs on six hits and a walk. Phelps struck out four Ironton batters.
Derek Battise was credited with the loss after pitching 3.1 innings and giving up 12 runs on eight hits and six walks. Kellogg pitched the final .2 inning and gave up one run on two hits.
The Marauders hitting was led by Nathan Rothgeb and Treay McKinney with two hits apiece. Zach Sayre, Ty Phelps, Charles Barrett, Taylor Gilkey, and Matt Casci each had a hit in the contest. Taylor Rowe walked twice and stole three bases in the game.
The Tigers had two players with a pair of hits in the contest.
The Marauders return to action Monday night at 5 p.m. when they host Alexander in a Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division match up.