Lady Marauders edge Ironladies

By Paul Boggs -

JACKSON, Ohio — It’s safe to say Sadie saved the day.

At least, for the Meigs High School softball squad on Monday, that is the case.

Sadie Fox had all three of the Lady Marauders’ runs batted in, as the visiting Marauders captured a 3-2 non-league victory over the host Jackson Ironladies.

Fox first broke a scoreless tie with one swing of the bat in the sixth inning, blasting a leadoff solo home run for a 1-0 lead.

The Ironladies answered with a two-run Haley Richards single in the bottom of the sixth, but Fox put the Marauders back in front in the seventh — with a two-run double that ultimately held up for the win.

With the victory, Meigs completed the season sweep of the Ironladies — having mercy-ruled Jackson in the second game of the season at Dreams Field 11-0.

The Marauders moved to 18-5, and snapped a two-game losing streak in the process.

The Ironladies fell to 5-12 with the loss.

Unlike the Marauder domination in the first meeting, the Ironladies matched Meigs inning for inning and at-bat for at-bat all the way through.

Meigs’ Morgan Lodwick and Jackson’s Lauren Parks pitched complete-game gems, as Lodwick was the winning pitcher — giving up two earned runs on one walk with four strikeouts.

She retired the Ironladies 1-2-3 in the second and fifth innings, and faced four batters in the seventh — allowing only an Amelia Davis one-out single.

Parks scattered seven hits and three walks with two strikeouts, retiring the side 1-2-3 in the third and fourth frames.

Fox played a role in all three Meigs earned runs, although following her home run, the Ironladies immediately responded.

Jordan Banks and Haley Patterson plated leadoff singles, with Patterson’s basehit coming on a bunt.

Lodwick then walked Sydney Humphreys to load the bases, and Richards’ single scored Banks and Patterson.

But Richards was stranded at second, and the Marauders mustered the two go-ahead runs in the seventh.

Lodwick led off with a walk, then Taylor Swartz was hit by a pitch with two outs.

That set up Fox’s double to score Lodwick and Swartz, giving the Marauders the 3-2 lead.

Fox finished 3-for-4 for Meigs, also singling in the first — sandwiched around walks to Swartz and Alliyah Pullins.

The only other Marauder baserunners were the result of four singles — Danielle Morris and Lodwick in the second, Bre Colburn in the fifth and Katie Gilkey in the sixth.

The Ironladies did have scoring opportunities prior to the sixth, but couldn’t cross any runs.

Mariah Ridgeway and Banks singled with two outs in the first, and singles by Parks and Ridgeway resulted in Ironladies on the corners in the third.

In the fourth, Raylene Hammond hammered a double and Richards singled for runners at second and third, but all six of the potential runs were left stranded.

Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106

By Paul Boggs