ROCKSPRINGS, Ohio — The Meigs baseball team claimed a season sweep of visiting Wellston Monday night during a six-inning, 11-1 victory in a Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division matchup in Meigs County.
The Marauders (17-4, 5-3 TVC Ohio) trailed 1-0 after the top half of the second, but the hosts rallied with 11 unanswered runs over their next five trips to the plate. The Golden Rockets (5-14, 1-7) also provided a little help down the stretch.
With Meigs leading 10-1 headed into the bottom of the sixth, Taylor Rowe led the frame off with a single. Rowe stole second and was later advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Ty Phelps, putting the potential game-winning run just 90 feet away with one out.
Wellston starter Jake Waldron — who went the distance in the loss — watched his night come to an end after a passed ball allowed Rowe to score the winning run in the mercy-rule outcome. Meigs also claimed a season sweep of Wellston after posting a 14-7 win at WHS back on April 12.
Waldron allowed 11 runs (nine earned), nine hits and three walks over 5.1 innings while striking out two. Justin Myers picked up the winning decision after allowing one earned run, four hits and two walks over five frames while fanning 11. Taylor Gilkey also worked an inning of scoreless relief, surrendering one hit and earning one strikeout.
Rowe and Gilkey led the Marauders with two hits apiece, while Phelps, Nathan Rothgeb, Treay McKinney, Zach Sayre and Matt Casci added a safety each to the winning cause. Rowe hit a two-run homer in the third and scored three times, while Gilkey had a team-best three RBIs.
Michael Downer paced Wellston with two hits and an RBI, while Waldron, Michael Grey and Justin Henry each had a safety in the setback. Tyler Walton scored the Rockets’ lone run.
Meigs outhit the guests by a 9-5 overall margin and had two of the five errors in the contest. MHS scored two runs apiece in the second and third frames for a 4-1 edge, then sent 11 batters to the plate in the fifth — which resulted in six runs and a 10-1 cushion.