ROCKSPRINGS, Ohio — Picking up right where they left off.
After a somewhat productive winter, the Eastern girls kicked off the spring season with a bang Saturday with a doubleheader sweep of host Meigs by counts of 4-3 and 7-5 in a pair of weather-shortened non-conference matchup in Meigs County.
Both the Lady Marauders (0-2) and visiting Lady Eagles (2-0) agreed to play a six-inning game in the opener, with the intent being to get more innings in during the second contest as inclement weather made its way toward the area.
The decision ultimately seemed to benefit EHS early on, as Meigs rallied back from a 4-0 deficit with three runs in the bottom of the sixth to just fall short at 4-3. MHS followed by scoring four runs in the bottom of the second inning in Game 2, but Eastern answered with a seven-run second en route to a 7-5 edge after two complete.
The rains came one inning later, which ultimately ended the day while giving the Green and Gold a pair of wins on opening day.
In the opener, Eastern took a 1-0 lead in the third inning after Jourdan Griffin singled home Amber Moodispaugh. The guests added two more runs in the fourth after Jessica Coleman and Kaitlyn Barber scored on a two-RBI single by Moodispaugh — giving EHS a 3-0 edge through three complete.
Griffin also scored in the fifth following an RBI single by Erin Swatzel, allowing the Lady Eagles a 4-0 edge headed into the bottom of the sixth.
Devyn Oliver, Brook Andrus and Sadie Fox all scored in the sixth after reaching on singles, and both Danielle Morris and Destinee Blackwell added singles to reach first and third with two away — but the potential game-tying and game-winning runs were left stranded by the final out of the game.
Eastern outhit the hosts by an 8-7 overall margin and Meigs committed the only error of the contest. Grace Edwards was the winning pitcher of record as she struck out four and walked none over six frames. Blackwell struck out two and walked two in the tough-luck loss.
Griffin and Moodispaugh led the guests with two hits apiece, followed by Edwards, Swatzel, Barber and Hannah Hawley with a safety apiece. Oliver, Andrus, Fox, Morris, Blackwell, Lindsay Patterson and Alliyah Pullins had a hit apiece in the setback.
Meigs produced four runs on three hits, a walk and an error in the bottom of the first of Game 2, but Eastern countered by sending 13 batters to the plate in the top of the second — which resulted in seven runs on four hits, three walks and three errors.
Pullins reached on an error in the bottom of the second and later scored on a double by Andrus, but the Lady Marauders never came closer than the 7-5 margin from that point on. The rains came after the end of the third inning and the game was called due to weather.
Eastern outhit the hosts by a 5-4 margin and committed only two errors in the contest, compared to three miscues by Meigs. Edwards was again the winning pitcher after striking out two and walking one over three frames, while Pullins walked six and struck out five in the setback.
Edwards led the Lady Eagles with two hits, followed Hawley, Barber and Moodispaugh with a safety each. Edwards and Hawley each drove in two RBIs as well for the guests.
Pullins, Andrus, Morris and Patterson each had a hit for MHS, with Patterson and Andrus each driving in a run. Pullins also scored twice in the setback.