ROCKSPRINGS, Ohio — That’s one way to get back into contention.
The Meigs baseball team pulled within a half game of Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division leader Alexander, by defeating the Spartans 5-2, Thursday night in Meigs County.
Alexander (10-2, 5-1 TVC Ohio) marked a run in the top of the first inning but the Marauders (11-4, 5-2) answered with two runs in the bottom of the second to take the lead. The Spartans tied the game in the top of the fifth but Meigs answered again, scoring three times in the bottom of the fifth to cap off the 5-2 win.
Ty Phelps earned the win for Meigs, allowing just two runs on five hits and six walks in a complete game effort. Phelps struck out 10 Spartans in the triumph.
Tyler Vickers suffered the loss for AHS after allowing five runs on eight hits in six innings, while walking four and striking out four.
Bradley Helton paced the MHS offense with two hits and an RBI, while Cody Bartrum, Ty Phelps and Damon Jones each marked a hit, an RBI and a run scored. Luke Musser had a hit and an RBI, Chase Whitlatch marked a hit and a run, while Ray Johnson added a hit and Taylor Rowe scored a run.
Mason Chapman paced the Red and Black with two hits, followed by Brody McGrath with a hit and two runs scored. Cory Chapman and Shea Grigsby each added a hit in the setback.
This is the first league loss for the Spartans, who defeated Meigs on April 17, by a 10-3 count in Albany. Alexander’s other loss came in the second game of a double-header at Wahama on April 12, by an 11-4 count.
The Marauders still have to travel to Nelsonville-York and Athens, and will have to host Vinton County, while Alexander’s remaining league schedule is at NYHS, at Wellston, home against Vinton County and home against Athens.