The Marion baseball team won Thursday’s season debut in convincing fashion, trouncing the visiting Herington Railers in both games.
Marion surged to a 16-0 victory in Game 1 after only three innings.
Three Warriors paved the way for Marion at the plate. Dylan Seacat managed two hits, including a double, in as many at-bats. Seacat scored two runs for the Warriors and had one RBI.
Caleb Williams was 1-for- 3 at the plate with a double and two runs scored.
Grif Case hit a triple, scored two runs and drove in three.
“We swung the bats pretty well as a group and made a lot of solid contact,” coach Roger Schroeder said.
On the mound, Ethan Hett (1-0) pitched a three-inning perfect game, allowing no hits or walks while striking out seven batters.
“Getting the season started on a good note was the top priority today, and I felt we did that,” Schroeder said. “Ethan threw a lot of quality strikes and was aggressive early in the count and got (Herington’s) hitters to take defensive swings throughout his three innings of work.”
Game 2 proved to be more of the same, as the Warriors soared to a 15-0 victory in three innings.
“As in the first game, we did a good job on the mound throwing quality strikes and working ahead in the count,” Schroeder said. “Offensively, we hit the ball well when we got pitches to hit, and we put together good at-bats without expanding the strike zone too much.”
Seacat had one hit in as many at-bats. He scored two runs and drove in one.
Bret Voth had two hits in three at-bats, including a triple. Voth scored two runs and had two RBIs.
On the mound, Austin Pedersen (1-0) pitched two hitless innings. He walked no one and struck out four hitters.
Luke Steele pitched one inning, allowing one hit and two walks, with two strikeouts.
“It is always nice to start the year off with two wins,” Schroeder said. “We need to continue to improve in all areas of the game as we head into the meat of our schedule.”
Coming—The Warriors were scheduled to play at Little River Tuesday before hosting league-rival Moundridge Friday at 4:30 p.m.