ALBANY, Ohio — Talk about a total team effort.
The Meigs softball team had nine players cross home plate, eight players record hit, and six players with at least one RBI on Monday night in Athens County, as the Lady Marauders rolled to a 12-3 victory over Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division host Alexander, which had won 26 straight league games headed into Monday.
The Lady Marauders (3-1, 1-0 TVC Ohio) wasted no time grabbing the lead, pushing three runs home in the top of the first inning.
Alexander got one of the runs back in the bottom of the first, but Meigs surged for four runs on three hits and a walk in the top of the third inning.
The Maroon and Gold expanded their lead to 11-1, scoring once in the top of the fourth and three times in the top of the fifth.
Alexander avoided the mercy rule by scoring once in bottom of the fifth frame, and the Lady Spartans trimmed the MHS lead to eight with another marker in the sixth.
Meigs scored the game’s final run in the top of the seventh inning, capping off the 12-3 victory.
MHS senior Maddison Woodyard was the winning pitcher of record for MHS, allowing three unearned runs on four hits and four walks. Woodyard struck out four batters in a complete game effort.
Hill was the losing pitcher of record for AHS, allowing seven runs, six earned, on six hits and three walks in three innings of work. Scurlock pitched the final four frames for the hosts and allowed five runs, four earned, on eight hits and two walks. Both Alexander pitchers struck out one batter.
MHS senior Devyn Oliver led the victors at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a double and three runs scored. Peyton Rowe was 3-for-5 with a double, a run scored and an RBI for Meigs, while Breanna Zirkle was 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored and an RBI.
Danielle Morris and Taylor Swartz were both 1-for-3 with a double and two RBIs, with Swartz scoring once in the triumph. Bre Colburn doubled once and scored twice in three at-bats, Woodyard was 1-for-3 with an RBI, while Rachel Kesterson added a single.
Alliyah Pullins, Morgan Lodwick, Hannah Tackett and Shalynn Mitchell each scored once in the win, with Pullins adding an RBI.
For AHS, Cooper, Hudnall, Howard and Markins each had one hit in the setback, with Cooper doubling once and scoring twice, and Markins adding an RBI. Hart had two RBIs for the Lady Spartans, while Miller crossed home plate once.
Meigs committed three errors and left eight runners on base in the win, while Alexander committed two errors and stranded seven.
The Lady Marauders will try to sweep Alexander on April 19, when these teams are scheduled to meet at Dreams Field.
Meigs returns home for its next game, as Athens visits Rocksprings on Wednesday.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.