The Marion softball team played two of three scheduled doubleheaders last week, with the already-rescheduled Canton-Galva games being postponed again because of weather.
Trinity Catholic—Marion traveled to Trinity Catholic Friday and split the doubleheader.
“Unfortunately, I think it was our mental game that let us down that night,” coach Jennifer Felvus said. “It isn’t anything we can’t come back from, but it is a frustrating loss for the team as a whole.
“We just didn’t play the same game we have been playing, especially offensively.”
The Warriors won Game 1, 10-4.
Marion scored one run in the top of the first inning and following with a five-run third inning to take a 6-4 lead.
It was all Marion after that, with the Warriors scoring three runs in the top of the fifth inning and adding a final run in the sixth to claim the victory.
Andrea Nordquist and Kayla Kroupa led Marion with three hits each—with one double apiece. Nordquist also hit a triple, while Megan Richmond had two hits, including a home run.
Kroupa contributed three RBIs; Richmond and Bailey Robson each had two.
On the mound, Richmond pitched all seven innings, giving up three hits and four runs (all earned) while walking five hitters and striking out eight.
Marion followed with a 6-4 loss in Game 2.
This time, Trinity got on the board first with a run in the bottom of the first inning.
The teams traded scores, but Trinity held a 5-2 lead after five innings, and two final Marion runs to Trinity’s one were not enough to give the Warriors the lead.
Kroupa and Balee Shiplet each had two hits in four at-bats, while JayDee Schafers and Nordquist each added one RBI.
Shiplet knocked out one double.
On the mound, Kroupa pitched five innings and gave up six hits and five runs (two earned), while walking one and striking out two.
Richmond pitched one inning in relief.
“I do not expect one frustrating game to put any kind of damper on what this team is capable of,” Felvus said. “If anything, it will likely serve to push them that much harder, give them that much more drive, and result in that much more determination.”
Sedgwick—The Warriors gained two convincing home-field victories over their league rival Tuesday.
“I couldn’t be more pleased with the team right now—currently 4-0 in league,” coach Jennifer Felvus said. “The girls really began to embrace the aggressive base running I have been after, and it played a huge part in the wins against Sedgwick.”
Marion defeated the Cardinals 11-5 in Game 1. Sedgwick scored all five of its runs in the opening inning. But it was all Marion from there. The Warriors answered with three runs in the second inning and scored at least one run in every following inning for the win.
Bailey Robson, Andrea Nordquist and Kayla Kroupa each knocked out two hits for the Warriors.
JayDee Schafers and Sam Davies each contributed three RBIs, while Reann Hamm had one. Megan Richmond pitched all seven innings and struck out eight hitters.
The Warriors followed with an 18-6 romp in Game 2. Marion led 6-4 after two innings and tripled their score with six runs in both the third and fourth innings to win in five innings.
“We saw a lot of good offense all over the lineup, and they worked well as a team to move runners around,” Felvus said. “Again, increasing our offensive opportunities, successful hitting, successful bunting, successful base running and quality at-bats.”
Robson, Kroupa and Schafers accounted for nine of Marion’s 13 hits, with three apiece.
Kroupa drove in four runs, while Schafers added three RBIs.
Kroupa pitched 5.1 innings, striking out two hitters.
Coming—The Warriors (4-0, 4-4) were scheduled to host Ell-Saline Tuesday, then will travel to Inman Friday for two games beginning at 4 p.m.