The Marion softball team picked up its first victories of the season by sweeping Inman Thursday. The Warriors are 2-0 in league play, 2-2 overall.
Inman—The Warriors scored 33 runs in two run-rule games, including a 17-7 win in Game 1 and a 16-6 victory in the nightcap.
“We’ve been really working on hitting the ball hard, and I think the girls squared up on the ball and did exactly that,” coach Jennifer Felvus said. “I’m thrilled. We got a lot of girls in the game tonight because we do have some depth, so it was good to run them through, especially Game 1. I feel like we dominated on offense.”
In Game 1, which ended after five innings, Inman made seven errors, and Marion made five.
The Teutons put up single runs in each of the first three innings.
Marion, meanwhile, scored four runs in the first inning. The first three Warrior batters hit singles, including Chisholm Waner, whose hit drove in a game-tying run. Laura Savage followed with a two-run triple. She scored when Lindsey Sigel grounded out to third.
The Warriors built their lead with a six-hit, seven-run bottom of the second inning, bringing 11 batters to the plate. After two innings, Marion led, 11-2.
Marion outscored Inman, 4-1 in the third inning, recording three hits, including Megan Neufeld’s RBI single. Inman made three errors in the half-inning.
Each team added two runs in the fourth inning. Tori Shults highlighted Marion’s effort with an RBI triple.
Although Inman scored two runs in the fifth inning, Marion claimed the run-rule win. Waner was 3-for-3 at the plate and had one RBI. Kourtney Hansen went 3-for-4.
Grace Overton (1-1) was the winning pitcher. In five innings, she gave up three hits and seven runs (three earned). She walked three batters and struck out five.
Marion won Game 2, 16-6, in five innings, recording 15 hits. Inman, meanwhile, made eight errors.
The Teutons took an early lead by scoring three runs off two hits in the opening inning, but Marion took the lead for good with a three-hit, six-run bottom half of the inning. Chisholm Waner hit an RBI single to key the frame. The Warriors scored five of their runs in the inning with two outs. Inman made five errors in that frame alone.
A two-RBI single in the second inning brought Inman within 6-5, but the Warriors scored three runs in the bottom half of the inning to increase their lead. Laura Savage and Lindsey Sigel hit back-to-back doubles to start the half-inning, with Sigel’s hit driving in a run. Chloe Burkholder and Alli Molleker also hit RBI singles in the frame, giving Marion a 9-5 lead after two innings.
Sigel keyed the two-hit third inning with an RBI triple to extend Marion’s lead, and the Warriors added five more runs in the fourth inning off four hits. Waner launched a two-run triple to center to highlight the effort.
Down to its final three outs, Inman scored one run in the fifth to keep Teuton hopes alive, but Burkholder’s RBI single in the bottom half of the inning extended Marin’s lead to 10 to end the game.
Six Warriors recorded two hits. Waner and Sigel each had three RBIs.
Waner (1-1) earned the pitching win. In five innings, she gave up two hits and four runs (two earned). She walked four batters and struck out four.
Council Grove—Marion lost a pair of games to the visiting Braves Tuesday to open the 2018 season.
The Warriors dropped a 6-3 contest in Game 1, and suffered a come-from-behind, 10-9 defeat in the nightcap.
Marion trailed 2-1 after three innings, but outscored the Braves, 2-1, in the fourth inning to tie the game. In that half-inning, Laura Savage hit a one-out double and Chisholm Waner reached base via error. Tori Shults drove in two runs with a two-out double.
In the fifth inning, Council Grove used four hits, including a triple to lead off the frame, a sacrifice bunt, one error, and a hit batter to plate three runs to break the tie.
Corrina Crabb was 2-for-3 at the plate. Shults had two RBIs.
Grace Overton (0-1) sustained the pitching loss. In 6.2 innings, she gave up nine hits and six runs (four earned). She walked one batter and struck out two Braves. Each team made four errors.
In Game 2, Marion scored nine runs in the first three innings, recovering after Council Grove claimed an early 4-2 lead after one inning. Marion built a 9-5 lead through three innings .
In the five-hit, six-run bottom of the third inning, Chisholm Waner drove in three runs with a double to right, and Laura Savage brought Waner home with an RBI double. Alli Molleker hit a two-run single earlier in the frame.
Council Grove, however, scored one run in the fourth inning, two runs in the fifth inning and one run in the sixth inning to tie the game at 9.
A two-out triple followed by an RBI single in the top of the seventh broke the tie, and Marion went three up, three down in the bottom half of the inning to end the game.
“There was a very small amount of earned runs, and it was just too many errors,” coach Jennifer Felvus said. “I feel like it was just a lack of awareness, and the only way to get that is through experience.”
Coming—Marion (2-0, 2-2) was scheduled to play at Moundridge Tuesday. The Warriors will travel to Sedgwick next Tuesday.