RACINE, Ohio — You can’t win them all if you don’t win the first one.
The Meigs softball team took an 8-1 victory over non-conference host Southern, in the season opener for both clubs, on Saturday at Star Mill Park.
The Lady Marauders (1-0) struck twice in the top of the first inning as Devyn Oliver scored on an error and Alliyah Pullins was singled home by Danielle Morris.
After a pair of scoreless frames, Morris scored on a Breanna Zirkle ground out to make the score 3-0.
With no outs in the top of the fourth inning, MHS sophomore Taylor Swartz doubled home Oliver, making the Lady Marauder lead 4-0. With one gone in the inning, Morris singled home both Swartz and Pullins, and then the MHS senior was doubled home by Peyton Rowe, making the MHS lead 7-0.
Meigs added an insurance run in the top of the seventh, as Morgan Lodwick scored on a single by Morris.
With outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, Southern (0-1) finally broke through, as junior Paige VanMeter blasted a solo home run to straight away center field, making the final score 8-1 in favor of the Lady Marauders.
Zirkle — a freshman at MHS — picked up the pitching victory, striking out seven batters and allowing just two hits in 4.2 shut out innings. Lodwick tossed 2.1 innings in relief and she allowed one run on one hit, while striking out seven and walking one.
SHS junior Sydney Cleland suffered the loss in the circle, allowing eight runs, six earned, on eight hits and three walks. Cleland struck out three batters in a complete game effort.
Morris led the MHS offense with a 4-for-4 effort, including one double, two runs scored and four runs batted in. Swartz was 2-for-4 with two doubles, one run scored and one RBI, Oliver doubled once and scored twice in the win, while Rowe added a double and an RBI.
Also for the Lady Marauder offense, Pullins scored twice and drove in one run, Lodwick crossed the plate once, while Zirkle chipped in with an RBI.
VanMeter led the hosts with a 2-for-3 effort, that included a run scored and an RBI on the seventh inning home run. Lauren Lavender was 1-for-3 at the plate for the Purple and Gold.
The Lady Tornadoes finished with two errors and one runner left on base, while Meigs had zero errors and five runners stranded.
The Lady Marauders continue non-conference play on Monday, at Jackson, and on Thursday at Gallia Academy.
SHS was scheduled to host South Gallia on Monday, but that game was postponed. The Lady Tornadoes visit Wahama on Tuesday in their Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division opener.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.