ROCKSPRINGS, Ohio — A big night at the plate and a big lead in the league standings.
The Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division leading Meigs softball team was in no mood to share the top spot in the seven-team league, as the Maroon and Gold defeated second place Wellston by a 14-4 count in six innings, on Friday night at Dreams Field.
The Lady Marauders — who have three league games left on the slate — now possess a two-game advantage over WHS in the league standings, with the other five teams already eliminated from contention.
Wellston (12-10, 9-2 TVC Ohio) took a 2-0 lead in the opening frame, when Wilson scored on a wild pitch and Compston doubled home Smith.
In the home half of the first, Meigs (14-3, 9-0) tied the game when Alliyah Pullins doubled home Peyton Rowe and Danielle Morris, and then the hosts took their first lead as Bre Colburn singled in Pullins.
The Lady Golden Rockets regained the advantage in the top of the third inning, as Smith drove in Scott and then scored on an error.
However, Meigs regained the advantage in the bottom of frame, and never trailed again. The Lady Marauders tied the game at five with no outs in the inning, when Rowe singled home Oliver. Next, Taylor Swartz scored on a groundout by Morris, then Pullins tripled home Rowe, and finally Colburn drove in Pullins.
MHS added on in the bottom of the fourth, as Swartz doubled home Oliver and then scored on a double by Rowe. Shalynn Mitchell entered as a pinch runner for Rowe, and she scored on a double steal play to put the Maroon and Gold ahead 10-4.
After a scoreless fifth frame, Meigs got back to work with no outs in the sixth, when Swartz tripled home Oliver. With one out in the frame Swartz scored on a single by Morris, who then scored on a Pullins double. Pullins stole third and then scored on a groundout by Colburn, capping off the Lady Marauders’ 14-4 victory.
Pullins earned the pitching victory for Meigs, allowing four runs, three earned, on six hits and two walks, in four innings of work. Breanna Zirkle finished the game in the circle for MHS, striking out one, while allowing just one hit. Compston suffered the loss for the guests.
Pullins certainly helped her own cause, going 3-for-4 with a triple, two doubles, three runs scored and four runs batted in. Swartz went 3-for-4 with a triple, a double, three runs scored and one RBI, while Oliver was a perfect 3-for-3 with three runs scored.
Rowe was 2-for-3 with a double, two runs scored and three RBIs, Morris was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBIs, while Colburn contributed a single and three RBIs. Breanna Zirkle doubled once in the win, while Mitchell scored once.
Wilson and Compston both doubled once and singled once for the Lady Rockets.
Meigs committed the game’s only two errors, while leaving two runners on base, three less than Wellston.
The Lady Marauders also defeated WHS on April 12, by a 7-5 count in Jackson County.
After hosting Nelsonville-York on Saturday, Meigs will be back in action on Monday, at River Valley.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.