Golden Rockets hand Meigs its first loss, 4-0

Alex Hawley

April 12, 2014

ROCKSPRINGS, Ohio — After double-digit shutout wins in consecutive games the Marauders got a taste of their own medicine Friday night.

After outscoring opponents 30-to-4 this season the Meigs baseball team was stymied by Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division guest Wellston, as the Golden Rockets claimed a 4-0 victory in Meigs County.

Wellston (5-1, 2-0 TVC Ohio) leadoff batter Jake Waldron walked to start the game and after a pair of WHS singles was walked home for the first run. Nick Cox was doubled home by Dustin Downard in the fourth inning, while Waldron and Caleb Stanley were doubled home by Tyler Walton in the top of the fifth.

Meigs got its first two hits of the evening in the bottom of the fifth with a Chase Whitlatch double and a Taylor Rowe single, but WHS got out of the jam as Waldron struck out the final two batters of the inning. The Maroon and Gold advanced three runners into scoring position over the final two frames but couldn’t bring them home and Wellston took the 4-0 decision.

Waldron was the winning pitcher, as he allowed just three hits in a complete game shutout effort. Meigs drew seven walks but Waldron struck out 10 Marauders.

Ty Phelps suffered the loss after allowing four runs in on three hits and four walks in four-plus innings. Chase Whitlatch pitched three innings in relief and allowed just two hits. Phelps struck out 10 Rockets, while Whitlatch fanned three.

The Wellston offensive effort was paced by Downard with two hits, followde by Walton, Stanley and Jordan Arthur with one each. Walton drove in two runs, while Justin Rafferty and Downard each marked one RBI. Waldron led the way with two runs scored, followed by Stanley and Cox with a run each.

The Marauders were led by Whitlatch with a double, followed by Rowe and Michael Davis with a single each. Cody Bartrum, Damon Jones and Whitlatch each stole a base in the setback.

The Maroon and Gold will look for revenge on April 21, when they visit Wellston.