ROCKSPRINGS, Ohio — Both Meigs and Eastern entered Saturday’s non-conference softball double-header with undefeated records, however, neither left Dreams Field unbeaten.
The Lady Eagles and Lady Marauders split the mid-day twinbill, with the visiting Green and Gold taking a 15-14 win in the opening game, and the hosts gaining redemption with a 10-9 win in eight innings in the night cap.
In the first game, Eastern (5-1) scored one run in the top of the opening inning, as Katlyn Barber singled home Hannah Bailey. Meigs (5-1) broke the game open in the bottom of the first inning, however, scoring nine runs on eight hits and two errors.
MHS extended the lead to 12-1 with three runs in the second inning, highlighted by a Bre Colburn two-run double.
The Lady Eagles got back in the game with 10 runs on eight hits, two walks and one error in the top of the fourth inning. EHS regained the lead in the top of the fifth, as three runs scored on three hits and an error.
The Lady Marauders tied the game at 14 in the bottom of the fifth inning, as senior Sadie Fox doubled home Katie Gilkey and Alliyah Pullins.
Eastern junior Taylynn Rockhold led off the top of the sixth inning with a double, and then scored on a double by Jess Coleman, giving EHS a one-run lead. Meigs advanced a runner to third base in both the sixth and seventh innings, but the Lady Eagles escaped both jams and claimed the 15-14 win.
Coleman was the winning pitcher of record for EHS, allowing nine runs on nine hits and one walk, while striking out one in three innings.
Katlyn Barber led the EHS offense with one triple, one double, one single, two runs scored and four RBI in five at-bats. Coleman was 3-for-3 with two doubles, one single, one run scored and two RBI, while Rockhold was 3-for-4 with two doubles, one single, three runs scored and one RBI.
Mackenzie Brooks doubled twice, scored twice and drove in two runs in four at-bats for the victors, Sidney Cook added two singles, two runs scored and one RBI in four at-bats, while Bailey was 2-for-4 with two singles and two runs scored. Mollie Maxon posted one double, two runs scored and one RBI in the win, while Abbie Hawley contributed one double and one run scored.
MHS junior Devyn Oliver led the hosts with four singles, two runs scored and one RBI in four at-bats, while Fox was 3-for-5 with one double, two singles, one run scored and three RBI. Colburn was 2-for-4 with a triple, a double, two runs scored and three RBI, Peyton Rowe was 2-for-5 with a triple, a single, two runs scored and one RBI, while Danielle Morris was 2-for-5 with two singles, one run scored and one RBI.
Gilkey and Pullins both doubled once, scored twice and drove in one run, Taylor Swartz added one single, one run scored and one RBI, while Morgan Lodwick crossed home plate once in the setback.
Meigs committed two errors in the opening game, two fewer than Eastern. EHS had six runners left on base in the win, while MHS stranded nine.
In the second game, Eastern charged out to a 4-0 lead on four hits, one walk and one error in the top of the opening inning. Meigs scored once on one hit and one error in the bottom of the first, but EHS got the run back in the top of the second when Cook doubled home Bailey.
The Lady Marauders took advantage of two EHS errors in the third inning, scoring two runs to cut the deficit to 5-3.
The Lady Eagles added one run in the fourth inning, but left the bases loaded. Meigs tied at six the game in the bottom of the fourth, scoring three runs on three hits, one error and one walk.
After three scoreless frames for both teams, Eastern began the bonus inning with three straight hits that led to three runs. Meigs scored two quick runs in the bottom of the eighth and then loaded the bases with two outs. Lodwick hit a two-run walk-off double for the Maroon and Gold, plating both Gilkey and Fox to seal the 10-9 win.
Pullins pitched the eighth inning for Meigs and was the winning pitcher of record. Coleman suffered the setback, allowing seven runs, on 10 hits and two walks, while striking out four in 4.2 frames.
Oliver led Meigs at the plate with one double, two singles, three runs scored and one RBI in five at-bats. Pullins went 2-for-5 with a triple, a single, two runs scored and three RBI, Lodwick was 2-for-5 with a double, a single and two RBI, Fox was 2-for-5 with two singles, two runs scored and two RBI, while Gilkey was 2-for-5 with two singles and one run scored.
Swartz posted one single, one run scored and one RBI in the win, Colburn added one single and one run scored, while Rowe and Morris both singled once.
Rockhold led the Lady Eagles with one double, one single, one run scored and three RBI in five at-bats, while Cook was 2-for-5 with one double, one single, one run scored and one RBI. Coleman singled twice and drove in one run, Katlyn Barber singled twice and scored twice, while Bailey had one single and two runs scored.
Brooks singled once and scored once in the setback, Maxon, Morgan Baer, Courtney Fitzgereld and Emmalea Durst each singled, while Allison Barber scored twice.
EHS had five errors in the loss, two more than Meigs committed. Eastern left 15 runners on base in the second game, while the victors had 10 runners stranded.
Meigs resumed league play on Monday, while EHS will return to action at Wahama on Wednesday.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.