Marion baseball team riding 10-game winning streak

Canton-Galva pitcher Connor Farnham throws to first baseman Nick Bray in an attempted pickoff of Marion?s Luke Steele during Game 2 Tuesday. Steele was safe on the play, and Marion went on to win, 12-2. The fifth-ranked Marion baseball team played error-less ball last week and maintained a perfect 10-0 record by sweeping two teams in three days.

?We are starting to get to where we need to be offensively,? coach Roger Schroeder said. ?We struggled from time to time on Tuesday, and even into the first game on Thursday, but we had some good at-bats during Game 2 that will hopefully turn the page for us.

?Our pitching and defense have been outstanding. We managed to only allow two runs all week and not commit a single error.?

Clay Center?After winning two games over Canton-Galva Tuesday, Marion followed with a second sweep two days later.

The Warriors used seven hits to win the opener, 6-0. Marion scored a run in the third, two in the fourth, one in the fifth and two in the sixth.

Bret Voth led the offense with one hit in two at-bats.

Luke Steele was the winning pitcher. Over seven innings, he gave up four hits and no runs while walking one hitter and striking out five.

Marion completed the sweep with a 10-0 shutout in five innings. Leading 3-0 after two innings, Marion broke the game open with five runs in the fourth inning. Consecutive singles by Zach Robson, Taylor Heidebrecht, Dylan Seacat, Grif Case and Luke Steele, prompted a Clay Center pitching change. After Jacob Baldwin walked, Caleb Williams also singled.

The Warriors scored two more runs in the fifth inning.

Heidebrecht was 3-for-3 and Seacat was 3-for-4 with two RBIs.

Heidebrecht was the winning pitcher. He threw four shutout innings, scattering three hits while walking one batter and striking out five.

Canton-Galva?Marion swept its league doubleheader Tuesday.

The Warriors won Game 1, 6-0. Marion got on the board with one run in the first inning when Jacob Baldwin hit an RBI double. The Warriors added two runs in the second and three in the fourth to conclude scoring for the game.

Zach Robson was 3-for-3. Taylor Heidebrecht was 2-for-2, and earned his 100th career varsity hit.

Bret Voth was the winning pitcher. Over seven innings, he gave up two hits, no runs and struck out nine batters.

Canton-Galva?s two hits were a double by Jacob Dailey in the fourth inning and a single by Nick Bray in the second.

Bray absorbed the pitching loss. Over six innings, he gave up seven hits and six runs (two earned) while walking nine and striking out three.

?I thought Nick pitched one of his best games, allowing only two earned runs against a team that had been run-ruling teams,? Canton-Galva coach Kelly Nelson said. ?It?s just too bad we couldn’t come up with any run support for him.?

Marion won Game 2, 12-2 in five innings. The Eagles scored a run in the opening inning, but Marion took the lead with four in the home half. Caleb Williams drove in two runs with a double.

The Eagles scored a run in the third, aided by back-to-back singles by Bray and Jacob Struber.

Marion added two runs in the third inning and six in the fourth to seal the win.

Jacob Baldwin was the winning pitcher. Over three innings, he gave up two hits and two runs (both earned). He walked seven batters and struck out three.

For Canton-Galva, Tan?ner Klingensmith, Bray and Struber each went 1-for-2 at the plate. Struber and Ethan Loyd each drove in a run.

Connor Farnham absorbed the pitching loss. Over 32?3 innings, he gave up five hits and 11 runs (nine earned), while walking seven and striking out five.

Coming?Marion was scheduled to face second-ranked Sedgwick Tuesday, then travel to Ell-Saline, ranked second in Class 2-1A, April 29.

?We are off to a 10-0 start, which by all accounts is the best start in program history,??Schroeder said. ?Our schedule will get a lot tougher in the second half of the season starting Tuesday as we travel to Sedgwick.

?We still have plenty to work on, but we are doing a lot of things right, especially on the defensive side of things.?

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