ROCKSPRINGS, Ohio — The only thing better than one win on opening day, is two wins on opening day.
The Meigs softball team claimed two victories on Saturday afternoon at Dreams Field, first topping Southern by a 10-0 count in six innings, then holding off Logan for a 6-3 triumph in the second game.
In the opening game, Meigs (2-0) scored twice in the first inning, as Katie Gilkey singled home Taylor Swartz and then scored on a double by Alliyah Pullins. The Lady Marauders batted around in the second inning, scoring four runs in the frame to push the lead to 6-0.
Southern (0-1) held MHS off the scoreboard in the third inning, but the Maroon and Gold scored twice in the fourth, when Pullins singled home Gilkey and then was driven in by Sadie Fox.
SHS held Meigs without a run again in the fifth inning, and then the Lady Tornadoes got their first hit of the game in the top of the sixth. MHS turned a double play and — after another SHS single — escaped the inning unscathed.
A hit, a walk and an error loaded the bases for Meigs in the bottom of the seventh, when Danielle Morris came up with a one-out, two-run single to give the hosts a 10-0 mercy rule victory.
Pullins earned the pitching victory for Meigs, striking out one batter and hitting two in five innings of no-hit, shutout work. Morgan Lodwick allowed two hits in one frame of relief work. Southern’s Sydney Cleland was the losing pitcher of record, allowing 10 runs on 15 hits, a walk and a hit batter in 5.1 innings. Cleland struck out one batter on the day.
The MHS offense was led by Swartz, Gilkey and Pullins, each of whom went 3-for-4 at the plate. Gilkey had one triple, one double, one single, three runs scored and one RBI, Pullins added one double, two singles, one run scored and three RBI, while Swartz had three singles, one run scored and one RBI.
Morris was 2-for-3 with two singles, one run scored and two RBI, Devyn Oliver went 2-for-4 with one double, one single, one run scored and one RBI, while Bre Colburn hit a triple, scored once and drove in a run. Fox singled once, scored once and drove in one run, while Peyton Rowe scored one run in the MHS victory.
Sydney Cleland was 1-for-1 with a single for the Purple and Gold, while Katie Barton went 1-for-2 with a single.
Southern committed three errors in the loss, while Meigs played without a defensive mishap.
SHS will look for redemption on May 4, when Meigs visits Star Mill Park, in Racine. The Lady Tornadoes return to the diamond on Tuesday, at Eastern.
In the second game of the day, the Lady Marauders fell behind 1-0, as Logan (0-1) senior Lainie Nakanishi singled home Kellie Arnett in the top of the second frame.
The Maroon and Gold had an answer in the bottom of the second inning, however, as four consecutive singles resulted in two runs. First, with two runners on and none out, Rowe singled home Pullins and then Morris singled home Fox.
The Lady Chiefs tied the game in the top of the third when Payton Frasure singled, then scored on a Grayce Huntsberger, two-out basehit.
Meigs regained the advantage in the bottom of the fourth frame, as Rowe led off with a triple and then scored on a single by Colburn. MHS added two more runs in the fourth, as Colburn scored on a single by Oliver, who then scored on a single by Swartz.
Logan made it a 5-3 game in the top of the fifth inning, when Addy Rooker drew a base on ball, then scored on a single by Arnett. The Lady Marauders got the run right back, however, as Pullins led of the bottom of the fifth with a triple and then scored on a single by Fox.
LHS put three runners in scoring position over the final two frames, but the Lady Chiefs failed to push a fourth run across and MHS claimed the 6-3 victory.
Maddison Woodyard claimed the victory in the circle for Meigs, allowing three runs, on four hits and five walks, while striking out nine in six innings of work. Pullins earned the save in relief, walking just one batter in one inning of work.
Nakunishi struck out two and took the loss in the record book for Logan, after allowing six runs on 13 hits in six innings.
Meigs’ offense was led by Oliver, who went 3-for-4 with three singles, one run scored, one run batted in and two stolen bases. Pullins was 2-for-3 with one triple, one single and two runs scored, Rowe was 2-for-3 with one triple, one single, one run scored and one RBI, while Fox was 2-for-3 with two singles, one run scored and one RBI.
Colburn singled once, scored once and drove in one run for Meigs, Swartz and Morris both singled once and drove in one run, while Gilkey singled once in the win. Swartz also stole one base in the MHS victory.
Frasure, Nakunishi, Arnett and Huntsberger each singled for LHS, with Frasure, Arnett and Rooker each scoring once. Huntsberger, Arnett and Nakunishi each claimed one RBI in the setback.
Meigs had one error in the victory, while Logan committed none.
MHS returns to action on Tuesday against another Southeastern Ohio Athletic League team, as Jackson visits Dreams Field.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.
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