McARTHUR, Ohio —The third time — or inning in this case — was the charm for the Meigs High School softball squad on Friday.
That’s because the Lady Marauders cranked out a dozen runs in the third inning of Friday’s game at Vinton County, en route to rolling the host Vikings with an 18-5 victory.
With the win, Meigs remains undefeated at 4-0, as Friday’s contest marked the Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division opener.
Meigs scored twice in the opening inning, then tacked on a single run in the second — before the 12-run explosion in the third that made it 15-1 at that point.
The Marauders rolled up 11 of their 18 hits in that inning, including a three-run home run by Peyton Rowe.
The Vikings got four of their five runs in the third, trimming the deficit to 15-5, but Meigs added three insurance runs in the fifth for the 10-run mercy rule.
Rowe led the Lady Marauders by going a perfect 4-of-4 with a home run, two doubles and eight runs batted in.
Sadie Fox went 3-for-3 with a walk and a double, scoring a game-high four runs.
Alliyah Pullins scored three runs with three singles, while Devyn Oliver added two hits.
Danielle Morris, Maddison Woodyard, Taylor Swartz, Bre Colburn, Kamryn Diddle and Lexi King collected a single apiece.
Morgan Lodwick pitched the first two innings for the Marauders, allowing an unearned run on two hits in the first.
Fox worked the final three innings for the save, allowing the four runs in the third while giving up just four hits and walking two.
She also struck out two — both in the fourth.
The Vikings had six hits, including a first-inning single by Sara Owings, who then scored on a Darian Radabaugh single.
Radabaugh then homered in the third stanza — a two-run shot.
The Marauders hosted Eastern on Saturday in a non-league doubleheader, and welcomes Athens on Monday for another TVC-Ohio tilt.
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106