WATERFORD, Ohio — You can’t win them all.
In a game shorten to six innings due to darkness, the Meigs baseball team suffered its first loss of the season, falling to non-conference host Waterford by a 6-2 count, on Tuesday in Washington County.
After a scoreless opening inning, Waterford (3-1) broke through in the bottom of the second when Riley Burns doubled, advanced to third on a wild pitch and then scored on a Brock Hayes ground out.
Meigs (2-1) tied the game in the top of the third frame as Michael Kesterson drew a lead off walk and later scored on a double steal. The Marauders failed to take the lead, however, stranding a runner on third base.
Three straight walks to start the bottom of the third inning loaded the bases and a Braden Bellville single brought home two runs, giving WHS a 3-1 lead.
The Marauders got one run back in the top of the fourth, as Zach Helton doubled and then scored after three straight two-out walks. MHS left the bases loaded in the fourth and still trailed 3-2.
Waterford’s lead was back at two in the home half of the third, as Noah Huffman reached on an error and later scored on an error. Later in the frame, Bryce Hilverding doubled home Isaac Huffman, giving the hosts a 5-2 lead.
Meigs brought the potential go-ahead run to the plate in the top of the fourth, but the Maroon and Gold again left the bases loaded.
In the bottom half of the fifth frame, Clay Hayes led off with a double and then courtesy runner Jimmy Hitt scored on a double by Burns.
The Marauders were retired in order in the top of the sixth and the game was called due to darkness, giving the Wildcats a 6-2 win.
Zach Heiss earned the pitching victory for WHS, surrendering just two earned runs on two hits and a walk. Brock Hayes walked three batters without recording an out, Clay Hayes tossed 1.1 innings and allowed one hit and one walk, while Russell Young pitched one perfect frame. Heiss struck out three batters, Clay Hayes fanned two, while Young recorded one strike out.
The losing pitcher of record was MHS senior Luke Musser, who allowed five runs, three earned, on five hits and four walks in 2.1 innings of relief. Chase Whitlatch started on the mound for Meigs and allowed one earned run on one hit and two walks in two frames. Cole Arnott pitched .2 innings of perfect relief for the Maroon and Gold. Musser struck out five batters, while Whitlatch fanned two.
The Marauder offense was led by Helton, who was 1-for-2 with a double and a run scored. Whitlach was 1-f0r-1, and Wesley Smith was 1-for-3 for MHS, with Kesterson scoring once and K.J. Tracy chipping in with an RBI.
Leading the Wildcats was Burns, who was 2-for-3 with two doubles, one run scored and one RBI. Hilverding was 1-for-1 with a double and an RBI, Clay Hayes doubled once in three at-bats, while Bellville went 1-for-2 with two runs batted in.
Tyler McCutcheon marked one hit in three at-bats for WHS, Isaac Huffman and Noah Huffman both scored twice, while Hitt each crossed the plate once and Brock Hayes had one RBI.
Meigs — which committed two of the game’s three errors — left eight runners on base, while the Green and White stranded five runners.
The Marauders are scheduled to continue non-league play on Thursday, at Gallia Academy.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.