THE PLAINS, Ohio — Production from the bottom part of the batting order propels the Bulldogs past Meigs.
The Athens baseball team’s bottom five batters accounted for seven runs Friday night as the Bulldogs took a 9-4 victory over Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division guest Meigs.
Cody Bartrum and Ty Phelps drove in Michael Davis and Taylor Rowe to open the game and give the Marauders (13-6, 7-3 TVC Ohio) the 2-0 lead. Meigs added another run in the top of the second when Bradley Helton drove home Luke Musser.
Athens (11-12, 6-4) rallied back, knotting the game in the second with three runs and taking the lead in the third with a pair. The Bulldogs padded their lead with two runs in the fifth and two runs in the sixth. Trenton Cook brought home Helton in the top of the seventh but AHS claimed the 9-4 win.
Greysan Kerns struck out five and earned the win for Athens after allowing two runs on seven hits and three walks in 6.2 innings.
Ty Phelps suffered the loss for Meigs after allowing nine runs, two earned, on six hits and seven walks, while striking out eight. Cody Bartrum recorded two outs in relief, while surrendering a hit and a walk.
Helton and Ray Johnson led Meigs with two hits each, followed by Damon Jones, Trenton Cook and Luke Musser with one hit apiece. Davis, Rowe, Helton and Musser each scored, while Helton Bartrum, Phelps and Cook each had an RBI.
Ryan Mack and Brendan Sano led Athens with two hits and two runs scored each.
Meigs has now lost two of its last three games, while AHS has won back-to-back games. The Marauders defeated Athens on April 14, by a 7-0 count in Rocksprings.
The Marauders finish the season second in the TVC Ohio, behind champion Alexander. Athens and Wellston tied for third in the league, Nelsonville-York was fifth, while Vinton County ended the year in sixth place.