Warrior softball drops two games to Knights

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN TOM STOPPEL
The Marion Warrior softball team won several battles Monday at Salina in their matchup with Sacred Heart.

But in the end the Knights won the war in both contests by scores of 4-3 in eight innings and 10-8.

In the opener, Marion jumped on top 1-0 in the first inning when Sarah Williams singled and scored on a two-out single by Emmy Bowers.

The scored remained that way until the fourth inning, when Sacred Heart scored three runs on three hits off starter and loser Leann Thomas.

Trailing 3-1, the Warriors scratched their way back with a single run in the fifth when Thomas singled and scored on a Megan Hudson single.

Marion tied the game in the seventh when Hudson singled with one out and scored on a Sonja Steinborn two-out single.

But Sacred Hear held the Warriors scoreless in the eighth inning and won the game 4-3 when Tina Newton singled and scored on a hit by Anne Kelly.

In the second game, Sacred Heart scored twice in the first inning and piled on six runs in the second inning to take an 8-0 lead off Thomas.

But Marion came back with two runs in the third inning to cut the lead to 8-2 as Morgan Cady walked and Caitlin O’Dell singled with both eventually scoring.

Marion cut the lead further in the sixth when the Warrior collected singles by Thomas, Hudson and Cady, with Thomas and Hudson scoring.

After Sacred Heart added two runs in its half of the sixth to lead 10-4, Marion went back to work in its last at bat.

Williams walked and Bowers doubled setting up a two-run double by Kara Holt, who scored on a double by Thomas to cut the lead to 10-7.

Thomas scored on a single by Hudson, who then stole second base.

But when Sonja Steinborn lined to right field, Hudson was cut down at the plate for the first out.

After Cady flied out, Steinborn was caught in a rundown at third base for the game’s final out.

With the losses, Marion fell to 5-5 overall.

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