ROCKSPRINGS, Ohio — Solid, from start to finish.
The Meigs softball team scored the first nine runs of the game Thursday night and cruised to a 9-1 victory over visiting Nelsonville-York in a Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division matchup in Meigs County.
The Lady Marauders (8-6, 4-2 TVC Ohio) outhit NYHS by a sizable 14-5 overall margin and played error-free through seven innings, as the hosts jumped out to a 2-0 lead after two complete and never looked back.
Danielle Morris led off the second with a double and later scored the eventual game-winning run one batter later following a single by Destinee Blackwell. Blackwell would also score in the second to secure a two-run edge after two full frames.
MHS tacked on three runs in each of the fourth and fifth frames to claim an 8-0 cushion through five frames, then added an insurance run in the sixth for its biggest lead of the night at 9-0.
The Lady Buckeyes (2-7, 0-5) rallied for a run in the top of the seventh when Patton scored on a single by Kelley, but the guests ultimately never came closer the rest of the way. Nelsonville-York managed three of its five hits during the top of the seventh and also committed two errors in the setback.
Blackwell was the winning pitcher of record after allowing one run, five hits and zero walks over seven innings while striking out 11. Kelley suffered the setback after surrendering two walks over six frames while fanning two.
Morris and Devyn Oliver each led Meigs with three hits, followed by Blackwell, Alliyah Pullins and Lindsay Patterson with two safeties apiece. Brook Andrus and Summer Atkinson also had a hit each in the triumph.
Phillips paced NYHS with two hits, while Patton, Kelley and Garza chipped in a safety apiece to the losing effort.