The No. 6 seeded Marion baseball team fell two runs short to Silver Lake Thursday in the quarterfinal round of the Class 3A state baseball tournament in Manhattan, enduring a 4-2 loss to the No. 3 seeded Eagles.
The game began with three scoreless innings, but Silver Lake struck first in the bottom of the fourth inning when, with one out, Evan Burdiek reached on an error and advanced to second, meanwhile allowing two runs to come home.
But Marion countered with a game-tying two runs in the top of the fifth inning. Batting first, Austin Pedersen singled to center, and Zach Robson’s sacrifice bunt allowed Pedersen to advance to second. Taylor Heidebrecht singled to center, and Dylan Seacat followed with a single that brought Pedersen home. Heidebrecht later reached home to tie the game at 2-2.
Silver Lake, however, dealt the fatal blow in the bottom of the fifth inning, scoring two runs that would seal the game.
Marion endured three straight outs in the top of the sixth inning, but did the same to the Eagles to close the inning still trailing by two.
With three outs to work with, Marion had one final opportunity. Jacob Baldwin reached base, but Pedersen flied out to center. Robson then reached first on the fielder’s choice, with the Eagles choosing instead to get Baldwin out at second. Heidebrecht followed with an infield single, and Robson was able to advance to third, but Dylan Seacat reached a full count and struck out swinging, which ended the inning and the ball game.
Marion finished the season with a 16-6 overall record. Silver Lake (19-3) advanced to the semifinal round to take on No. 7 seeded Salina-Sacred Heart (15-5) Friday at 1:30 p.m. On the top half of the bracket, No. 1 seeded Wichita Independent (23-1) faced No. 5 Pittsburg-St. Mary’s Colgan (18-5) Friday at 11 a.m. The championship was scheduled to follow Friday at 6:30 p.m.