Marauders breeze past Philo, 7-2

By Alex Hawley -

DUNCAN FALLS, Ohio — It was certainly worth the trip.

The Meigs baseball team traveled to Muskingum County on Saturday afternoon, and the Marauders came away with a 7-2 non-conference victory over Philo.

The Electrics (4-13) scored the first two runs of the day, as Nash Bishop singled home Jacob Mohler and Nathan Baker, in the bottom of the first inning.

However, Meigs (18-5) tied the game at two in the top of the second frame, as Alec Bissell singled home Zach Helton and Luke Musser. The Marauders took the lead in the top of the fourth, when Layne Acree reached on an error and then scored on a Christian Mattox grounder.

After back-to-back scoreless innings the Maroon and Gold added four insurance runs in the top of the seventh, combining one hit with three walks and three PHS errors.

In the bottom of the seventh, Philo advanced a runner into scoring position for the first time since the opening inning, but the Marauders slammed the door with a strikeout, capping off the 7-2 win.

Musser was the winning pitcher of record for Meigs, allowing just two earned runs on three hits and one walk, in five innings of work. Sheets picked up the save, surrendering three hits in two scoreless innings of relief. Musser had six strikeouts in the win, while Sheets added four.

Clay McCutcheon was the losing pitcher of record, allowing six runs on six hits and two walks in 6.1 innings of work. Bishop pitched the final .2 frames and he allowed one run on two walks. Bishop struck out two batters, while McCutcheon fanned one.

Musser also led Meigs at the plate, going 2-for-3 with one run scored and one RBI. Sheets and Helton both singled once and scored once, Bissell added one single and two RBI, while Chase Whitlatch had one single and one RBI. Mattox scored once and drove in one run for MHS, while Acree, K.J. Tracy and Cody Bartrum each scored once in the win.

Bishop led the hosts offensively, going 2-for-3 with two RBI, while Mohler was 2-for-4 with one run scored. McCutcheon and Cole Smith each singled once in the loss, while Baker scored one run.

For the game, Meigs committed just one error, while the Electrics had four defensive mishaps.

The Marauders — who visited Jackson on Monday — will return to action at Gallia Academy, on Friday.

Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.

By Alex Hawley