Warrior softball drops three of four in tough week

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN TOM STOPPEL
The Marion softball team lost a pair of close games Friday to Chapman, l3-2 and 4-0.

In the opener, Chapman converted back-to-back, one-out walks from starter Leann Thomas into two quick runs to grab a 2-0 first-inning lead.

Chapman added a single run in the bottom of the fifth inning on a lead-off single, a wild pitch, a stolen base and a passed ball.

The Irish added their final run in the sixth, when a lead-off walk was converted into a run on a one-out double.

Thomas took the loss, allowing just three hits and only one earned run while striking out six and walking five.

In the second game, Chapman broke through against Marion starter Kara Holt in the bottom of the third inning with two singles and one run.

But Marion countered in the top of the fourth when Williams and Emmy Bowers put together back-to-back hits. Williams scored on a wild pitch and Bowers crossed home plate courtesy of a Thomas single to put Marion on top 2-1.

Chapman tied the game though in the bottom of the fifth inning, thanks in part to another lead-off walk.

Chapman scored what proved to be the winning run in the bottom of the sixth inning in a lead-off triple and a sacrifice.

Holt took the loss, allowing just seven hits and one earned run while striking out two.

With the losses, the Warriors fell to 5-11.

Chase County-Marion dropped a pair of games last Tuesday to the Bulldogs, 7-5 and 12-3.

Leann Thomas pitched a complete game in the opener. Chase County got on the board with a single run in both the second and third innings to grab a 2-0 lead.

But Marion stormed back in the fourth inning when Caitlin O’Dell singled, stole second and scored on a one-out error on a ball hit by Sarah Williams, who came around to score on two passed balls and a stolen base to tie the game 2-2.

While Thomas kept the Bulldogs at bay, Marion took its first lead in the top of the fifth inning when Megan Hudson singled and scored on a single by Sonja Steinborn.

Steinborn stole second and scored on consecutive passed balls to put Marion on top 4-2.

Following a Whitney Wear single and stolen base, Williams ripped a double to score Wear and put Marion on top 5-2.

But four hits, four walks and three Warrior errors in the bottom of the inning put Chase County on top for good, 7-5.

Thomas took the loss allowing nine hits, four walks and six earned runs while Marion came up with nine hits of its own.

In the second game, Chase County put three runs on the board against Kara Holt in the first inning to take a 3-0 lead.

In the second game, Marion got one run back as Emmy Bowers doubled and scored on a sacrifice from Thomas to make the score 3-1.

But the Bulldogs answered with two more runs in the second inning.

That’s the way it remained until the top of the fifth when Marion added two more runs.

Hudson singled to lead off, stole second, moved to third on a Morgan Cady sacrifice and scored on an O’Dell double to left. Following a Wear single, O’Dell scored on Williams’ single to cut the lead to 5-3.

But the Bulldogs put the game out of reach in the bottom half of the inning with six runs on five hits. Chase County added a run in the sixth for the final margin.

Holt took the loss, allowing 11 hits and five walks while striking out two. Marion had nine hits.

Coming-Marion was scheduled to play a pair of games at home Monday before traveling to Herington on Thursday for its last two regular-season games.

Marion will then await the pairings for the regional tournament, which will start May 17 at Southeast of Saline.

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