Marion softball off to a good start

Chisholm Waner fires a pitch during Game 2 with Moundridge Friday. Marion won, 17-16. Janae Rempel / Free Press
Chisholm Waner fires a pitch during Game 2 with Moundridge Friday. Marion won, 17-16. Janae Rempel / Free Press
The Marion softball team went 3-1 last week to improve to 4-0 in Heart of America league play, 5-3 overall.

Moundridge—Marion swept the Wildcats Friday.

The Warriors won Game 1, 11-1. After Moundridge scored in the opening inning, Marion took the lead by plating six runs in the bottom half of the inning and never looked back, scoring in every inning but the fourth to earn the run-rule win. Laura Savage hit a walk-off RBI double in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Marion recorded 15 hits, led by Corrina Crabb, who was 3-for-4 at-bat. Three Warriors had two RBIs: Savage, Chisholm Waner and Grace Overton. Waner hit a triple and a double. Chloe Burkholder and Savage also hit doubles.

Overton (2-1) earned the pitching win. In five innings, she gave up four hits and one earned run. She walked one batter and struck out three.

Marion won Game 2, 17-16.

The teams combined for 36 hits in a high-scoring, back-and-forth game.

Marion led, 6-1 after two innings, but an eight-run third inning gave the Wildcats the lead after three, 9-7. Marion scored four runs in each of the fourth and fifth innings to regain the advantage, 15-12.

The Wildcats tied the game by plating three runs in the top of the sixth, but Marion regained the advantage, 16-15, when Jayden May hit an inside-the-park home run in the bottom half of the inning. Moundridge again tied the game in the seventh. Marion scored the winning run in the bottom half of the inning, fueled by singles by Megan Neufeld and Macy Sigel and a two-out, walk-off RBI single by Chloe Burkholder.

Marion recorded 19 hits, led by Jayden May, who was 5-for-5 at-bat, including a home run and a triple, and had three RBIs. Macy Sigel was 4-for-4 and had two RBIs. Laura Savage was 3-for-5, including two doubles, and had three RBIs. Burkholder also had three RBIs. Chisholm Waner hit a triple.

Waner (3-2) was the winning pitcher. In four innings, she gave up nine hits and eight runs (six earned). She walked one batter and struck out five.

“I liked how the girls didn’t get down after (the third) inning,” coach Judy Noller said. “They just continued to play hard and make quality at-bats, and we regained the lead in the fourth inning. We had 33 hits in the two games against Moundridge, scoring 28 runs. Everyone on the team contributed to that win.”

Canton-Galva—Marion split two games with the Eagles Tuesday.

Marion won Game 1, 17-0, in three innings.

Chisholm Waner (2-1) threw a no-hit shutout, facing 10 batters and recording nine outs with one walk.

Marion lost Game 2, 7-3.

Each team scored one run in the third and fifth innings to remain knotted at 2-2 after five innings. But Canton-Galva scored three runs in the sixth inning and outscored Marion, 2-1, in the seventh to claim the win.

Each team had five hits. Marion committed four errors.

Jayden May was 2-for-3 at bat and had one RBI. Also recording an RBI were Megan Neufeld and Laura Savage.

Chisholm Waner (2-2) absorbed the pitching loss. In seven innings, she gave up five hits and seven runs (three earned). She walked three batters and struck out six.

Coming—Marion (4-0, 5-3) was scheduled to host Hutchinson Trinity Tuesday and will travel to Bennington April 23.