The Marion baseball team swept Moundridge in Thursday’s league doubleheader.
Marion won Game 1, 16-5, in come-from-behind fashion. The Warriors scored two runs in the opening half-inning, but over the next three innings, Moundridge built a 5-3 lead.
Marion jumped in front with a six-run fourth inning, highlighted by Blaine Mermis’ two-run double, then blew the game open with a seven-run fifth inning to secure the run-rule victory.
In that surge, Garrett Hoffner drove in two runs with a triple. Evann Heidebrecht hit a triple in the half-inning and drove in a run.
These Warriors had two hits each: Corbin Wheeler, Luke Lanning, Cooper Carpenter and Heidebrecht. Lanning had four RBIs.
Sam Zinn (2-1) earned the pitching win. In three innings, he gave up four hits and four runs (three earned). He walked four batters and struck out four. Chase Stringer pitched two scoreless innings of relief and struck out three batters.
“In the bottom of the fourth inning, we kind of really blew the game open,” Schroeder said. “It starts with pitching and defense for us. If we don’t pitch well and throw quality strikes and play defense, then for some reason—and I think it’s pretty common in baseball—it affects the offensive side.”
“I’d prefer that we started a little faster of course, but I think it shows a little bit of our maturity and our experience level that we don’t let at-bat one affect at-bat two, at-bat three,” Schroeder said.
Marion won Game 2, 11-3. This time, Marion took control from the start, pushing across five runs with three hits in the first inning, two runs off two hits in the second inning and one run in the third to build an 8-0 lead. The Warriors scored their final three runs in the top of the sixth without recording a hit.
Moundridge got on the board with a two-run sixth inning and added one final run in the seventh.
These Warriors were 2-for-4 at the plate: Cole Srajer, Luke Lanning and Sam Zinn. Corbin Wheeler drove in three runs and hit a second-inning RBI double.
Jaxton Tracy (3-0) earned the pitching win. In six innings, he gave up six hits and two runs (both earned). He walked two batters and struck out seven. He threw 1-2-3 innings in the third, fourth and fifth frames. Eli Hett pitched one inning of relief.
“I would’ve liked some of our at-bats while our starters were still in there to be a little bit better to blow that game open a little sooner,” Schroeder said.
“The flip side of that was, we were able to get every person that traveled with us in the ball game. Everybody got an (at-bat). I think most guys played an inning in the field, too. That’s not something that happens everyday.
“We made a decision that we were going to try to empty the bench, get everybody in,” Schroeder said. “We saw a good opportunity. We felt like the game was in control. Jaxton threw the ball really well.”
Coming—Marion (4-0, 7-1) was scheduled to travel to Sedgwick Tuesday. Marion will host Ell-Saline April 17.