JACKSON, Ohio — The Marauders found themselves on the wrong end of a pitching gem.
The Meigs baseball team had just three hits Saturday afternoon as the Jackson Ironmen took an 11-0 sectional final victory in the Apple City.
The Ironmen (18-4) scored a pair of runs in the opening inning and opened the game up with a nine-run third inning, highlighted by a two-run Hunter Sexton homerun. The Marauders (14-7) threatened in the fourth inning when Ty Phelps reached on an error and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Jackson escaped unscathed and held on for the 11-0 mercy rule victory.
Jackson’s Austin Leach earned the win and threw five innings, allowing three hits and two walks, while striking out six. Ty Phelps struck out three and suffered the loss, allowing eight earned runs on two hits and nine walks in 2.1 innings. Cameron Mattox threw 1.2 innings in relief and allowed three earned runs on four hits, while striking out one.
Phelps, Luke Musser and Michael Davis each singled for the Maroon and Gold, while Cody Bartrum and Damon Jones each drew a walk.
Meigs had defeated the Ironmen on April 12 in Jackson by an 8-6 count. The Marauders had won three consecutive sectionals prior to Saturday’s loss. This marks the final game for MHS seniors Bradley Helton, Taylor Rowe, Damon Jones, Trenton Cook, Christian Romine and Derik Hill.