ROCKSPRINGS, Ohio — Unfortunately for the Marauders, what goes around, comes around.
The Meigs baseball team — which won its first road game of the year, by a 2-0 count on March 27, in Jackson — dropped a 11-7 decision to the Ironmen on Friday in Meigs County, in the Marauders’ final regular season home game on the schedule.
Luckily, the season series won’t remain a split, as these teams are scheduled to meet in the sectional semifinal at MHS, on Monday.
The Ironmen scored a run in the top of the first inning, but Meigs (13-9) tied the game in the home half of the frame, when Luke Musser drove in Christian Mattox.
Jackson took advantage of six walks, two hits and two errors in the top of the second inning, pushing seven runs across. The JHS lead grew to 9-1 in the top of the fourth inning, scoring one run after back-to-back MHS errors.
The Maroon and Gold rallied with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning, scoring five runs. First, Wesley Smith singled home Mattox and Briar Wolfe, then Musser drove in Smith. Musser and Tyler Johnson both scored, with Zach Helton recording an RBI single to cut Jackson’s lead to 9-6.
The Ironmen scored twice in the top of the seventh, extending their lead to 11-6.
Meigs scored the final run of the game with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, as Mattox singled home Brentten Young.
Payton Speakman earned the win for the Red and White, striking out five batters in five innings, and allowing one run on eight walks and two hits.
Tyler Williams suffered the loss for Meigs, pitching 1.1 innings and allowing eight runs, on three hits and six walks. Smith pitched 3.2 innings, striking out one batter and allowing one run, on two walks and two hits. Zayne Wolfe pitched the final two frames for MHS, striking out one and allowing two runs, on three hits.
Mattox led the Marauder offense, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored and one run batted in. Musser and Briar Wolfe both singled twice and scored once, with Musser earning two RBIs. Smith singled once, scored once and drove in two runs, Helton added a single and an RBI, while Johnson and Young both scored once.
Neal led the Ironmen with two hits, two runs scored and an RBI.
Meigs was responsible for all four of the game’s errors. The Maroon and Gold left 10 runners on base in the setback, twice as many as Jackson.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.