Marion baseball has nice start to season

The Marion baseball team went 3-1 last week to improve to 5-1 overall, 2-0 in Heart of America league play.

Inman—Marion swept its first Heart of America league opponent Friday.

The Warriors won Game 1, 10-3, overcoming what had been a 2-1 Inman lead after the first inning, but taking the lead for good with a two-run third inning, then scoring four runs in the fourth to lead 7-2. A one-run fifth inning, followed by a two-run sixth inning made it 10-2 before Inman scored one final run in the bottom of the seventh.

The Warriors recorded nine hits, led by Evann Heidebrecht, who was 3-for-4 at-bat, including a home run, and had two RBIs. Cooper Carpenter was 2-for-4, including a double, and had three RBIs.

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

Eli Hett pitched two innings of relief and recorded four strikeouts.

Marion won Game 2, 9-4, fueled by an 11-hit effort.

After a back-and-forth start in which Marion led, 2-1 after one inning, and Inman led, 4-3 after two, Marion tied the game by plating one run in the third inning, then doubled its score with a four-run top of the fourth inning. The Warriors scored their final run in the top of the fifth inning.

Four Warriors recorded two hits: Tracy, Sam Zinn, Luke Lanning and Hunter Helmer. Zinn and Blaine Mermis each drove in two runs.

Mermis (1-1) earned the pitching win. In three innings, he gave up four hits and four runs, all earned. He walked four batters and struck out four.

Zinn and Braeden Mercer pitched in relief.

Inman committed six errors to Marion’s one.

“It was definitely a step in the right direction,” coach Roger Schroeder said of the sweep. “A small step, but a step regardless of how you look at it.”

Little River—Marion split a doubleheader with the Redskins Tuesday.

The Warriors lost Game 1, 14-8.

Marion got on the board first by scoring one run in the opening inning, but two-run innings by Little River in each of the third, fourth and fifth frames made it 6-1 before the Warriors used a four-run bottom half of the fifth to draw within 6-5.

The Redskins, however, blew the game open with a seven-run top of the sixth inning, and although Marion scored three in the bottom half of the inning to make it 13-8, the deficit was too large to overcome. Little River added one final run in the seventh inning to seal its victory.

Marion recorded seven hits, led by Evann Heidebrecht, who was 3-for-3 at-bat. Sam Zinn was 2-for-5 and had four RBIs. Blaine Mermis hit a double.

Chase Stringer (0-1) absorbed the pitching loss. In 4 ⅔ innings, he surrendered eight hits and six runs (all earned). He walked two batters and struck out seven. Eli Hett and Braeden Mercer pitched in relief.

Marion committed four errors in the game.

Marion avoided the sweep by winning Game 2, 14-9.

The Warriors started strong with a six-run first inning and never trailed.

After Little River plated one run in the top of the third inning, Marion scored five runs in the bottom half of the inning to make it 11-1.

The Redskins scored three runs in the fourth inning and one run in the fifth, then Marion responded by plating three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to lead, 14-5. The Warriors held off a seventh-inning, four-run rally by Little River to win by five.

Marion recorded 10 hits. Sam Zinn and Evann Heidebrecht were both 2-for-4 at-bat. Zinn hit a double and had one RBI, while Heidebrecht recorded two doubles. Luke Lanning hit a triple and recorded two RBIs, while Jarred Rahe hit a double.

Zinn (1-0) earned the pitching win. In 3 ⅓ innings of work, he gave up one hit and one unearned run. He walked no one and struck out seven. Jaxton Tracy and Blaine Mermis pitched in relief.

Little River committed six errors.

“Throwing quality strikes and making routine plays—we have to do those two things to be successful, and we didn’t do either throughout the night against Little River,” coach Roger Schroeder said. “At the plate, we need to become more unselfish and do whatever we can to get the next guy to the plate. We always start with effort and attitude. Control the things that you can control. We can’t even do that correctly right now.”

Coming—Marion (5-1, 2-0) was scheduled to host Canton-Galva Tuesday and will host Moundridge Friday in a doubleheader rescheduled from March 29.