Lady Marauders top Jackson, 13-6

By Alex Hawley -

ROCKSPRINGS, Ohio — What better way to get ready for the postseason than to knock off a top seed.

On Thursday night at Dreams Field, the Meigs softball team — which will be a no. 2 seed when the Division II tournament begins next week — scored nine runs in the first inning en route to a 13-6 victory over visiting Jackson, which will be a no. 1 seed in its branch of the sectionals.

The Ironladies scored the game’s first three runs after a failed-fielder’s choice with two outs in the top of the first inning. However, Meigs (17-3) took the lead before even recording an out in the bottom of the inning.

Alliyah Pullins tripled home Devyn Oliver and Taylor Swartz to start the inning, and then Danielle Morris singled home Pullins to tie the game.

The Lady Marauders took the lead, as Morgan Lodwick singled home Danielle Morris, then MHS went ahead 5-3, as Breanna Zirkle drove in Peyton Rowe. Next, Lodwick scored on a sac-fly by Oliver, and then Swartz doubled home Zirkle and Shalynn Mitchell.

Meigs scored its final run of the first inning with two outs, when Pullins singled home Swartz.

The Maroon and Gold scored their 10th run of the game in the bottom of the second inning, as Lodwick doubled home Bre Colburn.

Jackson got a run back in the top of the third, but Lodwick doubled home Colburn in the bottom of the fourth for the Lady Marauders.

The Ironladies cut the MHS lead to 11-5 in the top of the fifth, but Pullins blasted a home run in the bottom of the frame to put Meigs’ lead back at seven runs.

JHS scored on an error in the top of the sixth, and Rowe scored for Meigs in the bottom of the frame, capping off the 13-6 MHS victory.

Pullins earned the win in a complete game for Meigs, striking out two batters and allowing six runs, three earned, on nine hits and four walks.

Sydney Humphreys suffered the loss in three innings in the circle for JHS, allowing 10 runs, six earned, on 11 hits and two walks.

Pullins, Lodwick, Swartz and Colburn were each 3-for-4 at the plate to lead the MHS offense. Pullins hit a home run and a triple, while scoring twice and driving in four runs. Lodwick doubled once, scored once and marked three RBIs, Swartz doubled once, scored twice and drove in two runs, while Colburn doubled once and scored once.

Rowe went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored for Meigs, while Morris was 1-for-4 with one run scored and one RBI. Zirkle contributed one run scored and two RBIs, Oliver scored once and drove in one run, while Mitchell crossed home plate one time.

Jordan Banks was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI for the Ironladies, while Raylene Hammond and Katelyn Newkirk both doubled once and singled once, with Hammond scoring twice and Newkirk driving in two runs.

The Lady Marauders committed two errors and left five runners on base, while JHS had three errors and nine runners left on base.

The season series is a split between JHS and MHS, as the Ironladies claimed a 9-1 victory on March 27, in the Apple City.

Meigs returns to action on Wednesday, when the Lady Marauders host Chillicothe in the sectional semifinal.

Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.

By Alex Hawley