WELLSTON, Ohio — Simply put, the Meigs Marauders made sure the Wellston Golden Rockets’ undefeated softball season came to an abrupt end.
That’s because Meigs, by breaking a pair of ties including in its final at-bat, escaped Wellston on Wednesday with an 11-8 Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division victory at Nancy Kibler Field in Wellston.
With the win, the Marauders bounced back from Monday’s 9-4 loss to TVC-Ohio leader Alexander — and remained in a second-place tie with the Golden Rockets.
Meigs is now 4-1 in the league while Wellston is 3-1, as Alexander — which travels to Wellston today (Friday, April 15) — remains atop the division at 5-0.
The Marauders also improved to 8-2, while Wellston suffered its first defeat in nine tries.
Meigs has now won its last three meetings with Wellston.
Although, on Wednesday, the Marauders — which never trailed — nearly squandered a pair of leads of at least three runs.
They scored three times in the opening inning, but the Golden Rockets rallied for a run in the second and two more in the fourth for a 3-3 tie.
Meigs then mounted a four-run outburst in the top of the fourth, and added a single marker in the fifth for its largest lead at 8-3.
In the sixth, though, the Rockets roared back again — scoring five runs on four hits and two Marauder errors for the 8-8 deadlock.
But in the top of the seventh, and for the second time against Wellston starting pitcher Katelyn Stewart, Meigs mustered three runs.
With one out, Katie Gilkey and Danielle Morris both singled, sandwiched around a walk to the Marauders’ Peyton Rowe.
Gilkey scored on an error, then Morgan Lodwick launched a two-run single to plate Rowe and Morris — that coming off Rocket reliever Ashley Compston.
With Meigs leading 11-8 in the bottom of the seventh — and Lodwick now pitching for the Marauders — Brittany Downard walked and Compston then singled, but Stewart popped out before the Marauders turned a game-ending double play.
Lodwick landed the save, as Alliyah Pullins pitched the first five innings for the Marauders, allowing six runs on nine hits and three walks with four strikeouts.
Maddison Woodyard was the winning pitcher for the Maroon and Gold, despite only working two-thirds of an inning.
Stewart threw a total of five-and-a-third innings for Wellston, giving up nine runs on 11 hits and three walks.
Meigs outhit Wellston 11-9, as both teams committed four errors.
Pullins helped herself at the plate, going 2-for-4 with two runs scored, including a three-run home run to centerfield as part of the four-run four-hit fifth.
Her RBI-triple in the first made it 2-0, as the Rockets also committed two of their errors in the frame.
Lodwick went 2-for-4 with two singles, while Taylor Swartz singled three times.
Prior to Pullins’ shot in the fifth, Bre Colburn doubled to lead off, before Swartz singled her home for the 4-3 lead.
Compston, Stewart and Molly Smith singled twice to lead Wellston, as Compston scored twice and Stewart and Smith crossed once.
Smith had two runs batted in.
The Marauders returned to TVC-Ohio action on Thursday — with a home makeup matchup against River Valley.
Meigs will return home, and host Marietta for a non-league doubleheader, on Saturday at 11 a.m.
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106