ROCKSPRINGS, Ohio — It was a doubleheader tailored for fans of offense. The Meigs baseball team defeated the visiting Eagles in both games Saturday, the first game by a score of 11-8 and the second game by a score of 13-9.
Meigs (6-1) took the upper hand early with a run in each of the first two innings. The Marauders took advantage of six his in the bottom of the third and scored four runs in the inning to lead 6-0.
Eastern (3-2) drew five walks in the top of the fourth to help them to seven runs in the inning and their first lead of the ballgame. The Eagles didn’t have the lead for long however as Meigs scored three run in the bottom of the fourth to take the 9-7 lead.
The Marauders extended their lead in the fifth with a pair of runs. Eastern attempted a two-out rally in the seventh but they could only push across one run and MHS emerged victorious 11-8.
Taylor Gilkey earned the victory in relief of the Marauders as he didn’t allow a run in the three innings he pitched. Gilkey gave up just four hits while striking out one and allowing no runners to reach base via walk. Ty Phelps started for MHS and received the no decision after pitching 3.1 innings and allowing six runs on one hit and seven walks while striking out four. Nathan Rothgeb eared the save, pitching the final .2 innings giving up one run on three walks.
Max Carnahan was credited with the loss for EHS after pitching four innings and giving up nine runs on 13 hits and two walks. Carnahan struck out two batters. Josh Shook pitched the final two frames for the Eagles and he gave up two runs on two hits and a walk while striking out two batters.
The Marauder hitting was led by Treay McKinney and Zach Sayre with three hits apiece followed by Taylor Rowe and Ty Phelps with two hits apiece. Nathan Rothgeb, Charles Barrett, Taylor Gilkey, Matt Casci, and Colten Walters each had one hit apiece for Meigs. McKinney scored three runs in the game.
Eastern was led by Josh Shook with two hits, followed by Max Carnahan, Jacob Parker and Derick Powell with one hit apiece. Ethan Nottingham scored twice to lead EHS in scoring.
Meigs left seven runners on base and committed one error in the first game, while Eastern left six runners stranded while committing five errors.
In the second game MHS again struck first scoring three runs in the bottom half of the first inning. The Eagles battled back to take the 4-3 lead in the top of the third frame after five hits in the inning. The Marauders answered swiftly taking the lead back in the bottom half of the third with a two-run home run by Zach Sayre.
Even though Meigs had the momentum in their favor the Eagles refused to quit as they scored three runs on three hits in the top of the fourth to regain the momentum and the lead, which was now 7-5. The Marauders pushed one run across in the bottom of the fourth to trim the EHS lead to one.
After a back to back hits for Eastern’s Max Carnahan and Christian Amsbary to open the fifth the Eagles failed to bring them around to score giving MHS the break they had needed.
The Marauders pushed across five runs in the fifth inning taking advantage of the five EHS errors. Meigs pushed across two more runs in the bottom of the sixth to cushion their lead to 13-7. Eastern scored two runs in the seventh but couldn’t get the big rally they needed and MHS claimed the 13-9 victory.
Treay McKinney earned the win for Meigs after pitching seven innings and giving up nine runs, five of which were earned, on 11 hits and four walks. Mckinney struck out six batters.
Derick Powell was credited with the loss after pitching six innings and giving up 13 runs on 10 hits and three walks. Powell struck out five batters.
The Marauders were paced by Ty Phelps with four hits in the contest. Zach Sayre had two hits in the contest including the home run in the third inning. Sayre scored four runs in the contest. Helton, Treay McKinney, Charles Barrett, and Colten Walters each finished with one hit.
Max Carnahan paced EHS with four hits in the contest followed by Josh Shook with two, Christian Amsbary, Joey Scowden, Derick Powell, Marshall Arnastead, and Jacob Parker with one hit apiece.
The Marauders committed two errors in the second game while EHS committed eight.
Meigs returns to action Tuesday when they host River Valley at 5 p.m. and Eastern returns to action Wednesday when they travel across the river to face Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division opponent Wahama at 5 p.m.