The Marion baseball team entered the Hillsboro regional tournament as the No. 2 seed with a Heart of America league record of 7-3, 13-5 overall after dropping two games to Halstead and splitting at Inman last week.
“We didn’t play our best baseball the last couple days,” coach Roger Schroeder said. “I don’t know if that was just attributed to playing so many games in so many days, but we did some things uncharacteristic of ourselves.
“We just kind of failed to make adjustments at the plate like we normally had been doing, and we didn’t throw enough quality strikes.
“We didn’t play bad,” he said. “We just didn’t take care of a lot of the little things that had got us to where we were.”
With weather-related scheduling adjustments, the Warriors had played three doubleheaders in five days, ending with Halstead Tuesday.
Halstead—Marion dropped two close games at Halstead Tuesday night, 5-4 and 9-8.
In Game 1, Marion led until the bottom of the sixth inning, when the Dragons scored all five of their runs.
Marion’s Zach Robson and Austin Pedersen were 1-for-2 at the plate, and Bret Voth and Luke Steele each contributed one RBI.
Steele pitched 51⁄3 innings and absorbed the loss. He gave up six hits and five runs (three earned) while walking one hitter and striking out four.
In Game 2, the Warriors led 8-2, after three innings. But Halstead slowly added runs, tying the game at 8-8 with three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning.
After neither team scored in the eighth inning, Halstead added the winning run in the bottom of the ninth.
Voth was 2-for-5 at-bat, including two doubles, and had five RBIs. Robson was 3-for-5 at-bat, while Grif Case was 2-for-4.
Pedersen was Marion’s starting pitcher. He walked six hitters and struck out two in two innings, giving up no hits and two runs (both earned).
Dylan Pippin, Taylor Heidebrecht, Ethan Hett and Jacob Harper all pitched in relief, with Harper taking the loss.
Inman—The Warriors split two games at Inman Monday, winning Game 1-0 and losing Game 2 10-9.
In the opener, Austin Pedersen went 2-for-3 at the plate with a double. Jacob Baldwin hit a triple and had one RBI, while Caleb Williams hit a home run.
Taylor Heidebrecht managed two hits in four at-bats—including a double—and had one RBI.
Ethan Hett threw six scoreless innings for Marion. He gave up six hits, walked two and struck out five. Jacob Harper pitched an inning in relief.
In Game 2, Inman claimed a 3-0 lead after the first inning, but the Warriors built a 7-3 advantage before Inman scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to tie the game.
Inman outscored Marion, 3-2, in the final inning to win the game.
Heidebrecht went 3-for-5 with two doubles and two RBIs. Case had two hits, including a home run, in four bat-bats and had three RBIs.
Harper absorbed the loss for Marion, giving up four hits and three runs (all earned) in one inning pitched while walking two and striking out two.
Coming—Marion entered the Hillsboro regional six-team bracket as the No. 2 seed at 13-5 and had a first-round bye. The Warriors were scheduled to face No. 3 Hillsboro (10-9) Tuesday in a semifinal matchup.
On the other half of the bracket, No. 1 Southeast of Saline (16-4) had a first-round bye, and was scheduled to face No. 4 Halstead (7-12) Tuesday in a semifinal contest.
The winners of the two semifinal games were to play for the regional championship at 7 p.m. Tuesday.