BENTON - Meigs County opened the 2018 season with a 4-2 loss at District 5-AA rival Polk County on Wednesday.
The Tigers had their chances to at least tie the game, but stranded runners at inopportune times. Meigs, down by two runs, had the bases loaded in the seventh, but couldn't get any runs across the plate.
"We played hard today, we just didn't hit the ball very well and left too many runners on base," Meigs Coach Tyler Roberts said. "It's early and having only had one pre-season scrimmage prior to today's game due to weather, it showed in our execution at the plate. Hopefully, we will come out better tomorrow."
The Tigers (0-1) will host Polk at 3:15 this afternoon (Thursday).
Polk 4, Meigs 2
The Wildcats opened the scoring with a single run in the bottom of the second inning, but Meigs tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the third.
Walker Ogle led off Meigs' half of of the third with a single and Dave Mason Walked. Aaron Johnson then walked and a single by freshman Logan Carroll scored Ogle. Three runners were stranded.
Polk County, however, pushed across three runs in the bottom half of the third to take a 4-1 lead.
Meigs got one run back in the top of the fifth. Ogle reached base on an error and advanced on a sacrifice by Mason. Aaron Johnson then singled home Ogle.Two runners were stranded.
Neither team scored again, but the Tigers had a good opportunity in the seventh as they had the bases loaded with one out and couldn't find a way to score, giving Polk the 4-2 victory.
Meigs finished with six hits. Johnson led Meigs with two hits and an RBI while Logan Carroll also drove in a run. Ogle scored both of Meigs' runs, reaching on an error, a single and was hit by a pitch. He was on third when the game ended.
Johnson pitched all seven innings. He gave up four runs, with three of them earned, on seven hits. He struck out four and walked none.