ALBANY, Ohio — After starting the year 4-0, the Meigs baseball team has now dropped three of its last five decisions following a 10-3 setback to host Alexander Thursday night during a Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division matchup in Athens County.
The visiting Marauders (6-3, 2-2 TVC Ohio) never led in the contest and were outhit by a sizable 14-4 overall margin, as the Spartans (7-1, 3-0) claimed a 5-0 lead through three innings and never looked back.
MHS plated two runs in the top of the fourth to close to within three runs, but the hosts answered with a run in their half of the fourth to pull ahead for a 6-2 edge. Meigs added its final run of the game in the fifth to cut the deficit down to half, but AHS retaliated by scoring twice in the fifth and sixth frames to wrap up the seven-run triumph.
Both teams committed two errors in the contest and Meigs left six runners stranded on base, compared to nine by the Spartans. Tyler Vickers went the distance for the win, allowing just three walks over seven frames while striking out three.
Cameron Mattox suffered the loss for MHS after surrendering five runs, five hits and zero walks over three innings while striking out two.
Taylor Rowe led Meigs with two hits, followed by Bradley Helton and Luke Musser with a safety apiece. Ty Phelps, Cody Bartrum and Chase Whitlatch each drove in an RBI, while Rowe, Damon Jones and Michael Davis each scored in the setback.
Brody McGrath and Chace Harris paced AHS with three hits apiece, followed by Blake Lindner and Kyle Howard with two safeties each. McGrath and Harris each drove in two RBIs, while Harris, Howard and Lindner each scored two runs.