CHILLICOTHE, Ohio — No offense, no chance.
The Meigs softball team struck out 16 times and produced zero hits Tuesday night during a 7-0 setback to Zane Trace in a Division III district semifinal contest at Unioto High School in Ross County.
The third-seeded Lady Marauders (14-8) managed only two baserunners in the entire contest, both of which came on the benefit of errors by the second-seeded Lady Pioneers. MHS, however, never had a baserunner reach second and each of the nine starters in the lineup struck out at least once in the setback.
ZTHS, on the other hand, produced seven hits and also benefited from five Meigs miscues, which allowed the Lady Pioneers to advance to the district final at Unioto. ZTHS will face top-seeded Wheelersburg at 3 p.m. Saturday after the Lady Pirates posted a 14-1 win in five innings over River Valley in the other semifinal Tuesday night.
Alliyah Pullins reached on a one-out error in the first inning and Bre Colburn did the same in the fourth, but the next two batters struck out both times to end each of those respective rally bids. The seventh inning was the only time in which Meigs did not strike out in a frame.
Morgan Geno was the winning pitcher of record after walking zero and fanning 16 over seven frames, which also included striking out the side in both the fourth and sixth innings. Geno also fanned at least two batters in each of the first six frames.
Yet for all of its dominance, ZTHS only led by one run after four complete. The hosts claimed a 1-0 lead in the first inning thanks to an error and two hits. Geno led things off with a single and later scored on the miscue, giving Zane Trace a permanent edge at 1-0.
Two hits and an error allowed two more runs to come plateward in the fifth, making it a 3-0 contest. The Lady Pioneers added four more scores in the sixth to close the door on the seven-run triumph.
Geno paced Zane Trace with three hits, followed by Fry, Swackhammer, Seymour and Edler with a safety apiece. Lindsay Patterson suffered the setback after surrendering two walks over six innings while striking out five.
It was the final game for senior Summer Atkinson in the Maroon and Gold.