The Marion softball team scored 42 runs and went 3-1 last week to move to 9-1 in Heart of America play and 9-3 overall.
Sterling—Marion split two games with the Black Bears Friday, winning the nightcap 4-3 after losing Game 1, 9-2.
The first game was the Warriors’ first league loss of the season. The Black Bears scored four runs off three hits and two walks in the fifth inning and plated four more runs on three hits and two walks in the sixth to break what had been a 1-1 tie through four innings of play.
Marion scored its first run in the top of the third inning. Bailey Baker was hit by a pitch, Kourtney Hansen recorded a sacrifice bunt and Corrina Crabb hit a single to bring Baker home.
Marion did not score again until the top of the seventh. Tori Shults singled—the Warriors’ second hit of the game—and a pair of walks loaded the bases with two outs. Shults scored on a passed ball, before Sterling secured the final out.
“The score really doesn’t reflect the intensity of the game because it was a really intense game,” coach Jennifer Felvus said. “I think we allowed ourselves to get frazzled and to kind of unravel.”
Grace Overton (5-2) sustained the pitching loss. In five innings, she gave up seven hits and nine runs (eight earned). She walked seven batters and struck out eight.
Marion won Game 2, 4-3.
“I had to ask them to find their mental toughness again,” Felvus said. “My big bats were pretty quiet at Sterling, and my other girls had to step up and pull that around. Some days are like that. Overall, I think they made the adjustment from late in Game 1 to Game 2, and they went ahead and got it done in Game 2.”
After two scoreless innings, Marion took a 3-1 lead through three innings. With one out, Alli Molleker, Kourtney Hansen and Corrina Crabb hit consecutive singles. Crabb’s hit drove in Marion’s first run. A sacrifice fly and an RBI single by Tori Shults concluded the scoring. In the sixth, Marion added a run off Molleker’s single.
Sterling closed the gap with a two-hit, two-run inning and stranded the tying runner on third base in the bottom of the seventh.
Molleker was 2-for-3 at the plate and had one RBI. Hansen and Crabb were each 2-for-4. Crabb had one RBI.
Chisholm Waner (4-1) earned the pitching win, scattering five hits and three runs (two earned) over seven innings. She walked two batters and struck out one.
Ell-Saline—Marion swept the Cardinals in Tuesday’s home doubleheader. Marion won Game 1, 21-7, in five innings, after surrendering an early lead.
The Cardinals led 6-1 through two innings, but Marion turned the tables by scoring 17 runs off seven hits and three errors in the third inning.
“I don’t normally get very upset with the girls, but I did get a little upset and question them about who they were playing for and what exactly they were doing,” coach Jennifer Felvus said. “(It was) a little bit of a wakeup call.”
Six Warriors drew walks in the third inning. Waner’s three-run double with the bases loaded ignited the scoring barrage. After Lindsey Sigel singled to score Waner, Marion loaded the bases once more. Two bases-loaded walks pushed Marion in front, 7-6.
Sandwiched by a pair of errors, Waner later hit her second double of the inning, driving in two runs. Marion kept the pressure on, loading the bases a third time, scoring its final six runs via a pair of fielder’s choice plays and two singles before Ell-Saline got out of the inning.
The Cardinals scored a run in the fourth inning, then Marion added three in the bottom half of the inning. Bailey Baker contributed an RBI double.
Grace Overton (5-1) was the winning pitcher. In five innings, she gave up seven hits and seven runs (five earned). She walked five Cardinals and struck out eight.
Marion completed the sweep with a 15-0 win in four innings in Game 2.
Chisholm Waner (3-1) threw a one-hit shutout over four innings. She walked no one and struck out four Cardinals.
The Warriors provided plenty of run support early, scoring nine runs on three hits in the first inning, including Alli Molleker’s two-run single.
Marion scored five runs on three hits and an error in the third inning, which began with a hit batter and a pair of walks to load the bases for Molleker, who drove in two runs with a single. Waner and Sigel also hit RBI singles in the frame.
Marion completed the run-rule win by scoring one run on Corrina Crabb’s single in the fourth inning.
Crabb and Molleker each went 2-for-3 at the plate. Molleker drove in four runs, Crabb drove in three.
Coming—Marion was scheduled to host Remington Tuesday. The Warriors’s next game is scheduled for May 1 when Marion hosts Bennington.