The Marion softball team dropped both games to Herington in its season home opener Thursday.
Marion recorded a 6-4 loss to the Railers in Game 1. Herington claimed a 4-1 lead after two innings. The Warriors scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning and an additional run in the seventh but could not complete the comeback.
Andrea Nordquist led the Warriors with three hits in as many at-bats. Nordquist also contributed two RBIs. Megan Richmond added one RBI.
Richmond pitched seven innings, striking out four batters.
The Warriors lost a tight, 11-10 contest in Game 2. Marion led 5-4 after the first inning and enjoyed a narrow, 10-9, margin after five innings.
But Herington rallied, scoring one run each in the seventh and eighth innings to seal the one-point victory.
Balee Shiplet and Kroupa each contributed two RBIs.
On the mound, Richmond pitched 7.2 innings, striking out four batters.
“I was extremely pleased with Megan Richmond’s performance,” coach Jennifer Felvus said. “I demanded a lot, calling a variety of pitches at multiple locations.
“She came to the mound with poise and answered the call with 15 innings of fierce competitiveness.”
Felvus said she was pleased with the hard work the Warriors brought to the field.
“Overall, I was very pleased with our offense performance,” she said. “A lot of what we have been working on involves increasing our offensive opportunities, and I feel like we did just that.
“Defensively, we had a small rough start in the very beginning, but we followed it up with 11 consecutive outs. I am very proud of that number. It is evidence of their hard work, drive and determination.”
Coming—The Warriors were scheduled to play at Trinity Catholic Tuesday and will host Moundridge Friday at 4:30 p.m.