Marion 16-1 after pair of sweeps

Peyton Heidebrecht slides home before the ball reaches Canton-Galva catcher Jonah Sargent’s glove to score via error after hitting a first-inning triple during Game 2 Friday.The Marion baseball team improved to 9-1 in Heart of America play, 16-1 overall with a 4-0 effort last week.

Canton-Galva—In a non-league matchup, Marion earned a pair of three-inning, run-rule victories Friday, 21-2 and 17-2.

In Game 1, Marion scored 13 runs off three hits and two errors in the bottom of the second inning after plating eight runs off five hits the inning before.

Peyton Heidebrecht keyed the first inning with a two-run single.

In the second inning, Marion brought 17 batters to the plate, highlighted by Jacob Vondenkamp’s two-run single and Pedersen’s RBI triple.

Meanwhile, Hunter Pearson provided a spark for Canton-Galva with a first-inning, two-run home run.

Pedersen was 3-for-3 at-bat and drove in three runs.

Pearson was 1-for-1 for Canton-Galva and had two RBIs.

Heidebrecht (2-0) earned the pitching win. In three innings, he surrendered one hit and two earned runs while walking one batter and striking out three.

Reed Wiens absorbed the loss. Only six of Marion’s 21 runs were earned.

In Game 2, Canton-Galva took a first-inning lead. Marshall Reedy was hit by a pitch to load the bases, then Richard Peterson worked a walk to scratch a run across. Devyn Elkins and Nick Pearson also worked walks, while Reed Wiens reached base on the fielder’s choice.

Marion took the lead for good with a four-hit, five-run bottom half of the inning. Peyton Heidebrecht hit a triple and scored via error. Nathan Baldwin and Seth Savage each hit RBI doubles.

Nick Pearson drove in Canton-Galva’s second run with a second-inning RBI double, then Marion plated five runs off one hit and three errors. Peyton Heidebrecht keyed the frame with a two-run single.

The Warriors enjoyed a five-hit, seven-run third inning, in which the Eagles made four errors. Sam Zinn’s two-run double highlighted the effort. Cole Srajer chased the winning run with a walk-off RBI single.

“I told them that I thought the adjustments we made were really good,” coach Roger Schroeder said. “I thought we were good on the mound both games.”

Canton-Galva made eight errors in the game.

Heidebrecht was 2-for-2 at-bat. Srajer was 2-for-3. Hoffner and Zinn each had three RBIs.

For Canton-Galva, Nick Pearson was 1-for-1 and had one RBI. Jordan Gagnebin was 1-for-2. Peterson also had an RBI.

Chase Stringer (2-0) earned the pitching win. In three innings, he gave up two hits and two runs (both earned). He walked five batters and struck out six.

Gagnebin absorbed the loss.

Bennington—Marion swept the Bulldogs Tuesday, 5-2 and 12-11.

In Game 1, Marion trailed, 2-1, after the first inning but claimed the lead with a three-run third inning keyed by Peyton Heidebrecht’s two-RBI double. Jacob Vondenkamp chased home Marion’s final run in the sixth inning.

Vondenkamp was 2-for-3 at-bat. Evann Heidebrecht was 2-for-4. Peyton Heidebrecht had two RBIs.

Blaine Mermis (3-0) earned the pitching win. Corbin Wheeler was credited with the save.

In Game 2, Marion erased an 11-4 deficit by scoring eight runs in the last inning.

Nathan Baldwin led off the seventh inning with a single, then Seth Savage and Sam Zinn worked walks. Jacob Vondenkamp’s fielder’s choice allowed one run to score, then Mason Pedersen worked a walk to load the bases.

At that point, Dylan Fry, who had closed Game 1, reached his pitch count limit. From there, Marion rallied. Payton Heidebrecht hit a two-run double to force another pitching change, then Corbin Wheeler worked a walk, with two runs scoring on a wild pitch. Evann Heidebrecht hit a double, then Baldwin, a game-tying, two-RBI single. Savage’s RBI double gave Marion the lead.

Bennington stranded the tying run at second base.

After scoring three runs in the first inning, Marion fell behind in the second inning when Bennington brought 16 batters to the plate and scored 10 runs off three hits and four errors. The Bulldogs scored one run in the fourth, and Marion, one in the sixth, to set up the final inning.

“We couldn’t catch a baseball in the second inning,” coach Roger Schroeder said. “We booted four ground balls. We threw a double play ball away. We had opportunities to get off the field, and nobody wanted to step in front of the snowball.

“I was joking that they might 10-run us. Because they had the opportunity to. They had two guys on with an eight-run lead. They could’ve put us out of our misery, and instead, we come back and win.”

Savage was 2-for-2 at-bat and had three RBIs. Baldwin was 2-for-2 and had two RBIs.

Pedersen (2-0) earned the pitching win. In 32⁄3 innings of relief, he gave up two hits and no runs. He walked one batter and struck out two.

Coming—Marion was scheduled to conclude the regular season at Inman Monday where two wins would give the Warriors the HOA league title.

The Warriors will participate in the Class 3A regional tournament at Southeast of Saline next week. Schools in the field in addition to the host team and the Warriors are Beloit, Hillsboro, Minneapolis and Remington. Schroeder said Marion has secured either a No. 1 or No. 2 seed in the tournament.

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