Marauders blank Ironmen, 2-0

By Paul Boggs - [email protected]

JACKSON, Ohio — The Meigs Marauders made it another important victory in the Apple City.

That’s because the Marauders, by breaking a scoreless tie with the game’s only runs in the final inning, mustered a 2-0 non-league baseball win over Jackson on Monday — at Haller Field in Jackson.

Meigs sent eight batters to the plate in the seventh inning — and combined two walks, two hits, a passed ball and an Ironmen error for its two runs.

Meigs junior Christian Mattox, meanwhile, allowed only four hits in pitching a complete-game shutout —striking out 10 and facing four batters or less in five of the seven stanzas.

With the win, the Marauders are now 2-0 — with a pair of non-league shutouts.

On Saturday, the Maroon and Gold blanked Southern by an 8-0 count.

Jackson, conversely, fell to 0-2 — as it suffered a 2-0 loss on Saturday against Circleville.

For Meigs, its most recent triumph in Jackson was the Division II sectional semifinal two years ago, which propelled the Marauders to the 2015 district championship.

On Monday, the win could be just a jumpstart to another strong season.

As part of Mattox’s 10 Ks, he whiffed two Ironmen apiece in the first, third, fifth and sixth stanzas.

He threw 101 pitches — only five fewer than his Jackson counterpart Jared Lemaster.

Lemaster mustered six and one-thirds innings pitched, as he allowed the two seventh-inning runs —in addition to six hits and six walks.

Mattox also escaped some potential jams, as Kendall Neal walked and Billy Cooper singled in the first with two outs.

But Mattox notched a strikeout to end the inning, as the only other hits he gave up were singles to Neal in the third, Brent Lewis in the fifth and Bryce Hall in the last.

Cooper was hit by a pitch in the sixth, but the only Ironmen to advance in scoring position were Lewis to second and Hall to third.

Mattox and Luke Musser went 2-for-4 for the Marauders, as Musser had the club’s only RBI — singling in Mattox in the seventh to make it 2-0.

Chase Whitlatch had a third-inning single and intentionally was walked twice, as Wesley Smith singled in the fourth.

K.J. Tracy, who walked with one out in the seventh, advanced to second on a passed ball and moved to third on Mattox’s second single.

He then scored on an Ironmen error for Meigs’ initial run.

Tracy walked twice as did Zach Helton.

The Marauders were scheduled to return to the road on Tuesday —by traveling to Waterford.

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

By Paul Boggs

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