The Marion baseball team continued its winning ways last week with victories against Moundridge and Little River to improve to 2-0 in the HOA league, 6-0 overall.
Moundridge—The Warriors welcomed Heart of America league rival Moundridge to town Friday and recorded two wins against the visiting Wildcats.
Marion won, 5-2, in Game 1, scoring all its runs in the second and third innings while holding Moundridge scoreless until a two-run sixth inning.
Taylor Heidebrecht led the Warriors with three RBIs on 3-for-4 hitting.
“Similar to Tuesday’s games, we had to grind it out and really work for every run,” coach Roger Schroeder said. “Our bats are behind right now, plain and simple.
“We have to do a better job of making adjustments at the plate as the game goes on.”
On the mound, Luke Steele (1-0) was Marion’s starting and winning pitcher. In six innings, Steele allowed six hits and two runs (one earned) while walking no one and striking out eight batters.
Jacob Harper pitched one inning in relief and was credited with the save, allowing one hit and striking out one hitter.
“I was very pleased with what we did on the mound the entire day,” Schroeder said. “Luke was outstanding in Game 1.
“He did a good job getting ahead in the count, and he was really able to stay out of trouble for most of the day. Jacob came in and shut the game down in the seventh to earn the save.”
The Warriors followed with an 8-0 shutout in Game 2.
At the plate, Marion was led by Bret Voth—who had two RBIs on 1-of-3 hitting, and Zac Lewman—who was 2-of-3 at-bat and contributed one run and one RBI.
On the mound, Austin Pedersen (2-0) was Marion’s starting and winning pitcher. In six innings, he allowed three hits and no runs while walking two batters and striking out 10.
“Austin threw the ball extremely well in the second game,” Schroeder said. “After working out of jam in the first (inning), he settled in very nicely and was in command for the remainder of the game.
“He was aggressive with his fastball and really attacked their lineup.”
Harper pitched one inning in relief and allowed no hits or runs while walking two hitters and striking out two.
Little River—Marion battled the weather at Little River Tuesday and came away victorious with two wins on the night.
“To go on the road and get a couple of wins on a bad weather day is always good,” coach Roger Schroeder said. “Our plan for the day was to grind out 14 good innings and battle the entire day, and that is exactly what we did.”
In Game 1, the Redskins scored first with one run in the bottom of the first inning, but Marion took control with three runs in the top of the second and never trailed again.
The Warriors scored six runs in the fifth inning and added one in the sixth to seal the 10-4 victory.
Marion was led by Taylor Heidebrecht—who knocked out a triple and had three RBIs, and Zach Robson—who went 3-for-3 at the plate, scored two runs, and had three RBIs.
On the mound, Grif Case (1-0) was Marion’s winning pitcher. In five innings, Case allowed four hits and two runs (one earned) while walking three hitters and striking out eight.
Austin Pedersen pitched two innings in relief, allowing three hits and two runs while walking three and striking out two.
Marion won Game 2, 6-4.
The game was tied, 3-3, after three innings, but the Warriors took the lead for good with two runs in the top of the fourth inning and added their final run in the sixth inning.
Dylan Seacat knocked out a double and had one run, one RBI and one stolen base on 1-of-2 batting.
Case was 1-of-2 on the night and contributed a triple, one run and one RBI.
“We didn’t swing the bats all that well, but some clutch hits with runners on base helped us,” Schroeder said.
On the mound, Ethan Hett (2-0) was Marion’s winner, pitching all seven innings and allowing seven hits and four runs (three earned) while walking two hitters and striking out 12.
Coming—The Warriors were scheduled to face Canton-Galva Tuesday and travel to Clay Center Friday for a 4:30 p.m. start.