Tigers trounce Meigs, 10-0

By Alex Hawley - ahawley@civitasmedia.com

MARIETTA, Ohio — No hits, no hope.

The eighth-seeded Meigs baseball team reached base just three times, all on walks, in Thursday’s Division II sectional final, as top-seeded host Marietta claimed a 10-0 victory in five innings, at Legion Field in Washington County.

The Tigers (21-3) — ranked ninth in the latest Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Association Division II poll — scored one run in the opening inning and added three more in the second frame.

Meigs (14-10) held the Orange and Black off the board in the third inning, but surrendered two runs in the fourth. The Tigers pushed four runs across with one out in the fifth frame, sealing the 10-0 mercy rule win.

Brandon Schamp struck out six batters and earned the win in a complete game for Marietta, allowing three walks, zero hits and zero runs.

Christian Mattox suffered the loss in four frames for the Marauders, striking out four batters, walking one, and allowing six runs on eight hits. Zayne Wolfe pitched the final .1 innings, allowing four runs on five hits.

Luke Musser, K.J. Tracy and Tyler Johnson each drew a base on balls for Meigs.

Marietta was led by Turner Hill and Trent Dawson with three hits apiece. Hill tripled once, scored three times and drove in five runs, while Dawson added two RBIs.

The Marauders committed all three of the game’s errors. The hosts left five runners on base, while the Maroon and Gold stranded two.

The Tigers swept the Marauders in regular season, winning 6-0 on April 4, in Rocksprings, and 14-1 on April 25, in Marietta.

This is the second straight sectional crown for Marietta. Meigs had won back-to-back sectional titles.

The Tigers and Marauders met also met in the 2015 and 2014 sectional tournaments, with Meigs eliminating Marietta both times.

The setback means Meigs must now say farewell to seniors Tyler Williams, Luke Musser, K.J. Tracy, Tyler Bachtel, Jake Roush, Cameron Smith, Layne Acree, Chase Whitlatch, and Cody Bartrum.

MHS wraps up its regular season on Friday, when it visits River Valley for a Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division tilt.

Marietta advances to Monday’s district semifinal at Athens High School, where it will face fifth-seeded Washington Courthouse, which topped No. 4 Fairfield Union by a 2-0 count on Thursday.

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

By Alex Hawley