Marion baseball enjoys 6-0 start

Zac Lewman hits a three-run home run in the bottom of the third inning during Game 1 against Little River Tuesday. Lewman hit a second three-run home run in the next inning to help propel Marion to a 15-5 victory. The Marion baseball team continued its winning ways with sweeps of Moundridge and Little River last week to improve to 6-0 on the season.
Moundridge?It took time for Marion to find its rhythm Friday in the Warriors? first Heart of America contest, but Marion got the job done with a sweep of the Wildcats.
?Wins are wins, especially when you go on the road and take two from a league opponent,? coach Roger Schroeder said. ?That being said, we left a lot out on the field. We need to do a much better job executing offensively during the early innings of the game.
?We stranded 18 base runners over the course of the doubleheader, and 11 of those were in scoring position. It just comes down to having productive at-bats.?

Marion won Game 1, 12-1. The game was tied at 1 after three innings, then Marion lit the fire. In the fourth inning, the Warriors scored two runs on two hits, including an RBI triple by Zach Robson.

Marion added two runs in the fifth and five in the sixth. In the sixth inning, the Warriors hit four consecutive singles: Luke Steele (two RBIs), Jacob Baldwin (RBI), Caleb Williams and Zac Lewman (RBI).

Marion concluded scoring with a two-run home run by Grif Case in the seventh inning.
Lewman was 3-for-5 with one RBI, Steele was 3-for-5 with two RBIs. Case hit a home run, Baldwin and Robson hit triples, and Peyton Heidebrecht hit a double.
Case was winning pitcher. Over six innings, he gave up six hits and one run (earned). He walked three batters and struck out six.
Marion won Game 2, 14-1, in six innings.

Moundridge scored first with a run in the bottom of the third inning, and the Warriors trailed until answering with three runs in the fifth inning.
Marion then blew the game open by scoring 11 runs on five hits in the sixth inning.

Taylor Heidebrecht was 4-for-5, including a double, and had two RBIs. Case was 3-for-5 with two RBIs. Voth hit a double.
Heidebrecht was winning pitcher. Over five innings, he gave up one hit and one run (earned), while walking 10 batters and striking out five.
Little River?Marion was not phased by a Redskin team ranked seventh in Class 2-1A Tuesday. The Warriors won both games in five innings.
?Tuesday was a nice continuation of what we started last week,? coach Roger Schroeder said. ?It was a step up in competition for us, and I thought we handled it very well for this early in the season.
?After our first couple of at-bats, we settled in and made every out tough for them to get. We were extremely efficient with two outs. We scored 11 of our 26 runs in the doubleheader with two outs in the inning. And it wasn’t just big, two-out hits. We had guys work the count and draw walks to keep the line moving and get the next guy to the plate.?

Marion used 12 hits to gain a 15-5 win in Game 1.

After a scoreless first inning, Little River got on the board with a home run in the second inning, but Marion took control in the bottom half.

With two outs, the Warriors made it through the entire order, and went on to score 13 runs over the next three innings.
Zac Lewman knocked out a three-run home run in both the third and fourth innings.
Each team added two runs in the fifth inning for the final, 10-point margin.
Williams was 2-for-2, including a double; Lewman was 3-for-4, including two home runs, and had six RBIs; and Seacat was 2-for-3 with three RBIs.

Luke Steele was winning pitcher. Over five innings, he gave up six hits and five runs (all earned). He walked three batters and struck out six.

The Warriors won the nightcap, 11-1.
Steele drove in seven runs on 3-for-4 hitting, including a three-run home run in the second inning.
Little River scored its only run in the first inning.

Marion scored two runs in the bottom half and added three more in the second on Steele?s home run.
The Warriors chipped in a run in both the third and fourth innings before punctuating the game with four runs in the fifth. The final inning ended with two-RBI doubles by Steele and Baldwin.
Steele was 3-for-4, including a home run and a double, and had seven RBIs. Heidebrecht was 3-for-4, including a double. Case and Baldwin also hit doubles.
Bret Voth was winning pitcher in his first varsity start. Over five innings, he gave up four hits and one run (none earned). He walked one batter and struck out three.

Coming?Marion was scheduled to host Canton-Galva Tuesday and will hostClay Center Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

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