The Marion softball team scored 35 runs in a doubleheader sweep of Moundridge Thursday in two games rescheduled from Tuesday.
“I felt like we were really putting the bat on the ball, so I was really pleased with our offensive push,” coach Jennifer Felvus said. “I think we allowed some things defensively that we shouldn’t have, but in the same respect, they were also hitting the ball, so I felt like it was really an offensive battle more than anything else.
“Overall, I was pleased with our performance, and I am looking to help my pitchers learn to limit the opponent’s offensive success.”
Marion won Game 1, 15-12, recovering from 4-0 Moundridge lead in the opening inning.
Marion scored three runs in the top of the second inning, but continued to trail until the fourth inning. In that frame, Marion used eight hits to score six runs.
Laura Savage hit an RBI double and Lindsey Sigel contributed a two-run single that gave Marion an 8-7 lead. The Warriors extended it further when Bailey Baker and Alli Molleker each drove in a run with a single.
However, Moundridge tied the game by scoring three runs in the bottom half of the inning.
The score remained locked at 10 until the seventh inning. Marion enjoyed a two-hit, five-run half-inning. Three Wildcat errors extended the rally, and Marion took advantage, scoring three runs via Moundridge errors. Lindsey Sigel drove in two runs with a double.
Marion gave up a one-out RBI triple and a sacrifice fly to Moundridge before securing the final out.
Lindsey Sigel went 3-for-5 and drove in four runs. Kourtney Hansen went 3-for-5 and had two RBIs.
Grace Overton (2-1) earned the pitching win. She gave up four hits and 12 runs, only three of which were earned. She walked four batters and struck out six.
Marion won Game 2, 20-18. The Warriors solidified their two-run victory in the final frame. With the game tied at 18 after Moundridge scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, Marion scored the winning runs off four seventh-inning hits.
Kourtney Hansen and Corrina Crabb hit back-to-back singles to start the half-inning, and Laura Savage drove in two runs with a one-out single. Macy Sigel also singled.
Overton surrendered a walk to start the bottom half of the inning, then recorded three consecutive outs to end the game.
Marion started strong with a four-hit, nine-run top of the first, highlighted by back-to-back RBI doubles by Chisholm Waner and Savage. At one point, Moundridge hit three consecutive batters.
Moundridge, however, took the lead after two innings by scoring five runs in both the first and second innings. Marion then outscored the Wildcats, 6-4, in the fourth inning and built an 18-14 lead through five innings.
Hansen went 4-for-4 at the plate. Alli Molleker went 3-for-5 and drove in four runs. Waner hit two doubles.
Overton (3-1) earned the pitching win. In 5.2 innings of relief, she gave up nine hits and eight runs (five earned). She walked four batters and struck out one.
Coming—Marion (4-0, 4-2) was scheduled to play at Sedgwick Tuesday and will host Ell-Saline April 17.