BIDWELL, Ohio — For Luke Musser, what a perfect way to go out.
That’s because Musser, a senior member of the Meigs High School baseball squad, pitched a perfect game on Tuesday —as the visiting Marauders edged the River Valley Raiders 1-0 in a Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division makeup matchup.
Musser faced 21 Raider batters — and retired 21 Raider batters.
In fact, he struck out two-thirds of them (14), including for all three outs in the opening two innings —part of seven consecutive strikeouts to begin the game.
He then fanned two Raiders apiece in innings three, four and six —throwing 88 total pitches along the way.
Musser also helped himself with a pair of defensive assists.
Meanwhile, Meigs manufactured a single solitary run in the fifth inning that held up for the win —when Jake Roush walked to lead off and Cameron Smith bunt singled, as Christian Mattox scored Roush with a sacrifice fly to left field.
The only other Marauder baserunners were Mattox on a pair of doubles in the first and third frames — along with walks to Tyler Williams in the second and to K.J. Tracy in the fourth.
Mattox did reach third in both instances, but was stranded there by River Valley’s tough-luck losing pitcher Jack Farley.
Williams also reached on an error in the fourth — the only such miscue by either club.
With the victory, the Marauders ended their season at 9-3 in the TVC-Ohio —good for second-place in the division behind undefeated Athens (12-0).
Meigs finished 15-10 overall, and completed the season sweep of the rival Raiders.
River Valley, conversely, concluded its season at 4-14 — and went winless in the league at 0-12.
Both squads had been eliminated from postseason tournament play, but by mandatory TVC rules, had to make up their conference tilt from May 1.
While Musser may have been perfect on Tuesday, Farley wasn’t too shabby himself.
He also went the distance for the Raiders, threw a hefty 109 pitches, and struck out 11.
But Farley had no run support —not even a single Raider baserunner.
Unfortunately for River Valley, it was no-hit three times in its dozen league bouts this year.
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106
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