Bissell wins 100th game in Meigs win


By Paul Boggs - pboggs@civitasmedia.com



Meigs baseball coach Brent Bissell, middle, talks with his infield during a pitching change in a March 26 contest against Southern in Rocksprings, Ohio.


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VINCENT, Ohio — Brent Bissell, officially, has hit the century mark.

That’s because the five-year Meigs High School head baseball coach captured his 100th career coaching victory on Saturday, as his Marauders managed a non-league doubleheader split with the host Warren Warriors.

The Marauders did lose the opener with Warren 11-4, but Bissell and Meigs manufactured a 2-1 win in the nightcap.

With the split, the Marauders moved to 16-3, as the Maroon and Gold have now defeated the Southeastern Ohio Athletic League co-leaders by one run apiece.

In its second game of the season, Meigs notched a 1-0 walkoff win against visiting Jackson.

Jackson and Warren are tied for first-place in the SEOAL.

As for Bissell reaching triple digits in the win column, he deflected the praise onto his past and present players — and assistant coaches.

“I just want to thank my former players and coaches over the past five years who gave me the opportunity to coach them and their hard work to get to this point of my career,” he said.

In the second game, Meigs scored a run apiece in the second and fourth innings, as Warren scored its only point in the bottom of the sixth.

The contest also marked the return of Chase Whitlatch, the Marauders’ ace pitcher who missed most of last week with an elbow injury — suffered 10 days ago against Marietta.

Whitlatch was out of the lineup against Athens and Adena, and incidentally Meigs lost both games.

But he pitched a complete-game gem against the Warriors, allowing an earned run on six hits and two walks with seven strikeouts.

He struck out two Warriors apiece in the first and third frames, and retired Warren 1-2-3 in the third.

He faced only four Warriors apiece in innings one, two, four and seven.

Speaking of seven, of Warren’s stranded baserunners, three were left in scoring position — including at second and third in the fifth.

The Warriors scored their only run when Chase Weihl singled with two outs in the sixth, then scored on a Levi Congleton RBI-double.

But Congleton was stranded at second, as Whitlatch induced a flyout to end the inning.

That was the only canto in which Whitlatch gave up more than one hit, as Congleton led the Warriors with two knocks.

Weihl was the losing pitcher for the Warriors, working the first six innings with Bryce Gandee going the last.

While Weihl struck out four Marauders, and retired the visitors 1-2-3 in the first and third, he did give up five hits and three walks.

Gandee got strikeouts for all three outs in his inning, and gave up a single to Christian Mattox.

Meigs’ leadoff hitters in the second and fourth frames each scored runs, as Cody Bartrum belted a solo home run to make it 1-0.

Layne Acree and Zach Helton both walked in the next at-bats, but were left stranded at second and third.

In the fourth, the Marauders made it 2-0 when K.J. Tracy and Acree led off with singles.

On back-to-back sacrifice bunts by Helton and Luke Musser, Tracy scored on Musser’s RBI.

The only other baserunners Weihl allowed were a walk to Alec Bissell in the fourth, a double to Whitlatch in the fifth, and another Acree single in the sixth.

In the opening tilt, Warren scored three runs in the opening inning and two more in the third, then erupted for six runs on four hits in the sixth for an 11-3 advantage.

Meigs scored once in the third to trail 3-1, then twice in the fourth for a 5-3 deficit.

The Marauders mustered another marker in the seventh for the 11-4 final.

Kaileb Sheets — who was also the complete-game pitcher for Meigs in the opener — led the Marauders with two hits, including an RBI-double for the third-inning run.

Sheets scored Mattox, who reached on a two-out single.

Whitlatch, Bartrum, Tracy and Acree all added singles, while Musser conked a double in the sixth and walked in the fourth.

Helton and Musser both scored in the fourth on Tracy’s two-run single.

Whitlatch scored in the seventh on Bartrum’s RBI hit.

The Marauders returned to the road, and returned to TVC-Ohio Division action, on Monday at River Valley.

They will be back in non-league action today (Tuesday, April 26) at Philo.

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

Meigs baseball coach Brent Bissell, middle, talks with his infield during a pitching change in a March 26 contest against Southern in Rocksprings, Ohio.
http://mydailysentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_4.26-MHS-Bissell.jpgMeigs baseball coach Brent Bissell, middle, talks with his infield during a pitching change in a March 26 contest against Southern in Rocksprings, Ohio. Alex Hawley/OVP Sports

By Paul Boggs

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