ROCKSPRINGS, Ohio —The Meigs High School softball squad made sure today’s tilt at Alexander meant something.
That’s because, on Wednesday, the Lady Marauders made sure they were playing for a Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division championship — as host Meigs eliminated Wellston with a 7-1 victory at Dreams Field.
The Lady Marauders managed just six hits against the Golden Rockets, but took advantage of five walks and two hit batsmen — along with four Wellston errors in completing the season sweep.
Meigs made good on some sacrifice bunts as well, scoring two runs apiece in innings one and three — and one run apiece in cantos two, four and five.
The 7-1 advantage was the Marauders’ largest of the day, as ace pitcher Alliyah Pullins tossed a complete-game four-hit gem with seven strikeouts.
With the win, the Marauders remain right behind TVC-Ohio leader Alexander, as Meigs is now 10-1 in the division with Alexander — which handed Meigs its only league loss — atop at 9-0.
The Marauders moved to 17-3 overall, as Wellston fell to 13-5— and 6-3 in the TVC-Ohio.
The Maroon and Gold now get today’s rematch at Alexander, the defending division champion, as a victory would give the Lady Marauders at least a share of the TVC-Ohio title.
It is Meigs’ final league game for the year, as Alexander has two more TVC home games left — with Wellston and River Valley.
Wellston, which scored its only run on Wednesday in the third to trail 3-1, was eliminated from title contention.
After winning 11-8 at Wellston two weeks ago, in which the Golden Rockets rallied from a pair of deficits to forge ties at 3-3 and 8-8, the Marauders needed no such late-game drama this time.
In fact, they scored all the runs they needed for the win early on.
Facing Wellston senior pitcher Katelyn Stewart, both Devyn Oliver and Taylor Swartz drew back-to-back leadoff walks — and both scored on a combination of a sacrifice bunt, two fielder’s choices and a walk by Peyton Rowe.
In the second, Bre Colburn led off with a single — and scored on Sadie Fox’s two-out triple for a 3-0 lead.
In the third, the Marauders answered Wellston’s run with two more of their own — as Katie Gilkey singled and Rowe doubled to lead off.
Gilkey scored on an RBI-single by Morgan Lodwick, followed by Rowe racing home on an RBI-groundout by Colburn.
Meigs then combined three Wellston errors and a pair of fielder’s choices for its fourth-inning point, as Pullins scored to make it 6-1.
In the fifth, Swartz reached on a 5-4 fielder’s choice, then scored an unearned run on Pullins’ RBI-single.
Oliver walked twice and Gilkey once, as Fox and Danielle Morris were hit by pitches in the fifth and sixth respectively.
Stewart struck out five in also going the distance in the pitcher’s circle.
Her counterpart Pullins struck out seven, including for all three outs in the second stanza.
She retired the side 1-2-3 in the fifth, saw the minimum three Rockets in the fourth, and faced four batters apiece in the final two frames.
Molly Smith scored Wellston’s only run when she drew a one-out walk — combined with an Ashley Compston double and Stewart reaching on an error.
Amber Kisor reached base three times, singling in the first and reaching on Marauder errors in the fifth and last.
Erica Scott doubled and Lauren Riepenhoff reached on an error in the second, but Pullins stranded them at second and third.
Riepenhoff walked to lead off the fourth and Scott singled in the sixth, but again both were left stranded.
The Marauders returned to non-league action on Thursday at Point Pleasant, and host Sissonville (W. Va.) on Saturday at 11 a.m.
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106