Marion softball team finishes week a perfect 6-0

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN TOM STOPPEL
The Marion softball team concluded a busy week with a sweep of Chapman Friday at Marion

With Megan Moore on the mound, Marion won the opener, 10-7, and the nightcap, 6-5.

In the opener, Moore allowed eight hits and three earned runs while striking out eight and walking none.

Marion built a 7-0 lead after three innings, but the Irish fought back with four runs in the fourth inning, aided by three Warrior errors, and three more runs in the fifth to tie the score, 7-7.

But Marion came back with one run in the bottom of the fifth and two insurance runs in the sixth for the 10-7 win.

Heidi Zogelman and Leann Thomas finished with three hits each in a 14-hit Warrior attack. Caitlin O’Dell and Zogelman each drove in two runs.

In Game 2, Chapman scored one run in the first inning, two in the third and two in the fifth to take a 5-0 lead.

Marion finally scored in the bottom of the fifth when Amber Richmond crossed the plate on a Mindy Mastin single after getting on base with a walk.

The Warriors tied the game in the sixth with a four-run burst. Richmond, O’Dell and Mastin all drove in runs in the rally.

In the bottom of the seventh, Marion got the run it needed for the victory when Krista Zogelman led off with a single and scored on a Leann Thomas base hit.

Moore threw a complete game, allowing nine hits and three earned runs while striking out five and walking no one.

Marion had 11 hits, paced by Mastin with four.

With the win, Marion improved to 20-2 for the season.

Hesston-Marion traveled to Hesston on Thursday and came home with a sweep of the Swathers, 14-3 and 9-4.

In the opener, Leann Thomas threw a complete game, allowing eight hits but just two earned runs. She walked two and struck out four.

“Leann pitched for us last year,” coach Charlotte Waner said. “It’s just pretty hard to take her off of first base, though.”

On the offensive side, Emmy Bowers walked twice and collected two base hits while scoring four runs.

As a team, the Warriors knocked out nine base hits, and were helped by eight walks.

“Our hitting is rounding into shape heading into regionals,” Waner said.

Marion left little to doubt in the first game, scoring five times in the first inning, and slowly adding more runs for a five inning 10-run-rule victory.

In the second game, Kara Holt threw a complete seven-inning game, striking out eight and walking one. She allowed seven hits and only three earned runs on the way to her third win of the season with no losses.

Mindy Mastin was the catalyst on offense with three hits and one walk, and scoring two runs. Moore also had two hits and two runs batted in.

“We played well as a whole,” Waner said. “We batted very well and fielded pretty well.

“The humidity kind of got to us by the middle of the second game, but we hung in there and did a good job.”

Chase County- The Marion Warriors swept Chase County last Tuesday by scores of 8-1 and 13-3.

Megan Moore threw both games, giving her nine wins for the season against two losses.

“We had Megan pitch today, because we really needed two wins,” coach Charlotte Waner said. “They’re in our league and Megan is obviously our top pitcher.”

Marion scored the first run of the game in the second inning when Emmy Bowers walked, moved to second on a wild pitch, and scored on a Krista Zogelman single. Zogelman later scored on a single by Leann Thomas.

Chase County came back with a run on a two-out double and a Warrior error.

But Marion tacked on another run in the fourth on Bowers’ third home run of the season for a 3-1 lead.

The Warriors finished off the Bulldogs in the sixth inning, scoring five runs on four hits and a Bulldog error.

Caitlin O’Dell delivered the big hit-a two-out bases loaded triple for an 8-1 lead. O’Dell finished with three hits to go along with her three RBIs.

In the second game, Marion was helped by some wild Bulldog pitching. Chase County issued eight walks in the first four innings which led to numerous Warrior runs.

Chase County actually led 2-1 after one inning, but Marion recaptured the lead with four second-inning runs on three hits.

Moore settled down and allowed Chase County to score only one run the rest of the way.

For the afternoon, Moore struck out 18 batters and allowed just two earned runs.

Marion steadily increased its lead, scoring three runs in the third, two in the fourth and three more in the fifth for the 10-run win in five innings.

Nikki Moody, Moore, Bowers, Mindy Mastin and Williams all had two-hit games.

“Our hitting is rounding into shape heading into regionals,” Waner said.

Coming-The Warriors will play Herington on Thursday and then begin regional play next week at Osage City High School May 19
and 21.

In addition to Marion and Osage City, the regional field includes Northern Heights, Central Heights, Wabaunsee and Wellsville.

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