Lady Marauders split with Warren

By Paul Boggs -

VINCENT, Ohio — While a couple of Meigs High School softball streaks came to an end on Saturday, the Lady Marauders hope the back end of their non-league doubleheader with the host Warren Warriors is the start of another.

In the opening bout of Saturday’s twinbill, Warren doubled up Meigs by a score of 6-3.

The Lady Marauders, however, managed a split by winning the nightcap 8-2.

The split meant Meigs moved to 15-3 on the season, with its only losses coming against the two Tri-Valley Conference leaders (Eastern in the TVC-Hocking and Alexander in the TVC-Ohio) — and the Southeastern Ohio Athletic League champion (Warren).

On Friday, Meigs won its seventh consecutive game (10-0 win over Nelsonville-York) — and extended to seven a couple of scoring streaks.

The Maroon and Gold had scored at least 10 runs, while holding its opponents to under nine, in each of its last seven.

But the game-one loss ended all of those streaks, most notably the seven-game winner.

Warren scored five of its six runs in the opening two innings en route to the win.

Morgan Lodwick pitched the first two innings for Meigs in the first game, allowing five runs but only two of which were earned.

She gave up six hits before being relieved in favor of Maddison Woodyard, who allowed an earned run in the fifth frame.

She surrendered only two hits and a leadoff walk that led to the sixth Warren run.

Woodyard, by retiring the Warriors 1-2-3 in the third and fourth frames, kept Meigs within striking distance.

The second contest was a complete reversal of the first, in which the Marauders rolled by an 8-2 count.

The Warriors scored twice in the opening inning against Meigs pitcher Alliyah Pullins, but Pullins kept Warren off the board from there — and stranded five Warrior runners in the process.

In facing the Warren lineup three times through, Pullins pitched for the complete-game gem, allowing four hits and one walk with two strikeouts.

She retired the side 1-2-3 in the fourth frame, and faced four Warriors apiece in innings two, three, five, six and seven.

The Warriors combined a one-out walk, an error, a Decker double and a sacrifice fly for their two runs.

Of the five stranded baserunners, only one advanced beyond first — that coming on the leadoff hitter in the third.

Meanwhile, Meigs scored the game’s final eight runs, including twice in the second and seventh — sandwiched around a single point in the third and a three-run outburst in the fifth.

The Marauders rapped out 11 hits, none bigger than a two-out three-run home run by Sadie Fox in the fifth for a 6-2 lead.

In the seventh, Fox’s RBI-double gave Meigs its 8-2 advantage — its largest such of the game.

Fox scored twice and finished with four RBI, as Devyn Oliver led the Lady Marauders with three hits — including a double — and three runs scored, including her first in the third inning that gave Meigs the lead.

Pullins helped herself at the plate with a single and a run scored, as Lodwick, Katie Gilkey, Taylor Swartz and Peyton Rowe recorded a single apiece.

Gilkey drew a second-inning walk, as she scored on Danielle Morris’ RBI-groundout to tie the game at 2-2.

Lodwick also crossed once in game two.

The Marauders returned to the road, and returned to TVC-Ohio Division action, on Monday at River Valley.

They will be back in non-league action today (Tuesday, April 26) at Philo.

Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106

By Paul Boggs