Marion baseball enjoys 4-0 week

Peyton Heidebrecht secures the first out via ground out in the second inning of Game 1 with Little River Thursday. Marion won, 11-2, and completed the sweep with a 17-2 run-rule victory in Game 2.The Marion baseball team won all four of its games last week to improve to 7-1 in Heart of America league play, 11-5 overall.

Little River—Marion picked up two non-league wins Thursday.

The Warriors won Game 1, 11-2.

Marion established a lead early by scoring five runs off two hits and two errors in the opening inning. Corbin Wheeler drove in a run with a single.

The Warriors built a 10-1 lead through three innings. Wheeler hit a second-inning triple. Dylan Deines hit an RBI single in that inning.

Peyton Heidebrecht keyed the two-run third inning with an RBI double.

Wesley Dicks drove in Marion’s final run with a sixth-inning single after Wheeler hit his second triple of the game.

Wheeler was 3-for-3 at-bat and had two RBIs.

Nathan Baldwin earned the pitching win. In six innings, he gave up five hits and two runs (both earned) while walking one batter and striking out six.

Marion won Game 2, 17-2 in four innings.

Once again, the Warriors piled on runs early, scoring eight in the opening inning off eight hits and four errors. Three Warriors recorded doubles in the frame, including Corbin Wheeler, Dylan Pippin and Jacob Vondenkamp.

Remington Putter keyed Marion’s three-run, two-hit second inning with a two-run double.

The Warriors scored twice in the third inning without recording a hit, and completed the run-rule win by scoring four in the fourth inning off one hit. Three Warriors were hit by a pitch in the frame.

Cole Srajer was 3-for-4 at-bat and had two RBIs. Pippin and Putter each drove in four runs.

Wheeler earned the pitching win. He gave up three hits and no runs in three innings while walking no one and striking out one.

“We didn’t finish Game 1 very well from an offensive standpoint,” coach Roger Schroeder said. “To come out and swing the bats and put the barrel to the ball more often than not in that first inning and really jump out to a lead, that’s what I was pleased with.”

Moundridge—Marion swept a doubleheader on the road Tuesday.

The Warriors won Game 1, 4-0.

Dylan Pippin pitched a complete-game shutout to earn the win, scattering three hits over seven innings of work. He walked one batter and struck out eight.

Marion, meanwhile, managed just one hit in the game—a seventh-inning single by Jacob Vondenkamp—but benefitted from nine walks and three Wildcat errors. Marion scratched across single runs in each of the third, fifth, sixth and seventh innings.

Vondenkamp was 1-for-3 and had one RBI.

“We weren’t swinging at a lot of bad pitches,” coach Roger Schroeder said. “Unfortunately, the pitches we were swinging at, we weren’t doing anything with, but we found ways to run the bases aggressively and to put pressure on them and make them throw the ball around the yard a little bit.”

Marion’s bats came to life in a 12-1 Game 2 victory. The Warriors recorded nine hits.

Peyton Heidebrecht threw a one-hitter to earn the win, giving up one unearned run in seven innings while walking three batters and striking out four.

Marion established itself early with a four-run, four-hit first inning highlighted by Garrett Hoffner’s two-run single.

Cole Srajer keyed the four-run, two-hit third inning with a two-run double.

Marion scored once in the fourth to lead, 9-0. Moundridge got on the board in the sixth inning.

The Warriors plated three finals runs in the top of the seventh, thanks to a pair of singles by Dylan Deines and Wesley Dicks and four walks.

Nine Warriors recorded a hit. Srajer and Hoffner each drove in a pair of runs.

“They gave us some walks and made some errors, but we made a little more noise with the bats,” Schroeder said. “Just a better mental approach and being a little more authoritative with our swing.”

Coming—Marion was scheduled to host Inman Monday to conclude HOA play. The Warriors were then scheduled to play at Council Grove Tuesday to conclude the regular season. It will be the teams’ second meeting this year.

Marion will host a Class 3A regional tournament Monday and Tuesday. Additional teams in the field include Eureka, Halstead, Hillsboro, Sedgwick and Remington.

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