NELSONVILLE, Ohio — Trailing halfway through to the underdog Nelsonville-York Buckeyes, the Meigs Marauders made their move.
As a result, the Marauders remain undefeated — and remain right atop the Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division baseball race.
Meigs scored five runs over the final three innings, and captured a key 6-2 TVC-Ohio victory on Wednesday at Nelsonville-York High School’s Blackburn Field.
The Marauders had trailed 2-1 following four innings, but scored twice in the fifth and three times in the seventh en route to the 6-2 triumph.
With the win, Meigs keeps its perfect records intact — at 8-0 overall and 3-0 in the TVC-Ohio.
Wellston is also 3-0 in the division, while defending tri-champion Alexander is now 2-0.
The Marauders shared last season’s TVC-Ohio title with Alexander and Athens, which they blanked 6-0 on Monday.
This coming Monday (April 11), Meigs hosts Alexander in another important tilt.
On Wednesday, it avoided a massive upset at Nelsonville-York.
The Buckeyes are now 3-4 overall, and winless in the league at 0-3.
Meigs led 1-0 thanks to a second-inning run, but the Buckeyes — following a 30-minute lightning delay in the fourth frame — battled back with two runs to take a 2-1 lead.
But that lead was short-lived, as Meigs scored twice in the fifth on three hits to regain its one-run advantage.
In the seventh — and against N-Y freshman pitcher Reece Robson — the Marauders muscled three more runs on three more hits, part of nine baseknocks for the entire game.
Meigs senior Kaileb Sheets pitched for the impressive complete-game win, allowing two walks with seven hits and seven strikeouts.
He faced the Buckeye lineup three times through, and enjoyed six solid innings minus the two-run four-hit fourth, in which Nelsonville-York sent eight batters to the plate.
Sheets retired the Buckeyes 1-2-3 in the third, fifth and sixth stanzas, and also faced the minimum three Bucks in the second.
He faced four Buckeyes in the opening and closing innings.
Robson also went the distance for Nelsonville-York, giving up three walks with nine hits and eight strikeouts.
He also led the Buckeyes at the plate with two singles.
K.J. Tracy went 3-for-3 to pace Meigs, as he scored twice along with Sheets.
Layne Acree added two hits as Zach Helton in the fourth, Christian Mattox and Cody Bartum in the fifth, and Sheets in the seventh accounted for the other Meigs hits.
Acree’s second hit was a seventh-inning double that scored Bartum for the 6-2 edge.
Meigs mustered its opening run when Tracy singled with one out, and scored with two outs on an error off the bat of Sheets.
In the fifth, Bartrum had the go-ahead RBI-single to score Sheets for the 3-2 lead.
Meigs returned to TVC-Ohio action on Friday when it hosted River Valley.
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106