Marion splits regular-season finale at Council Grove

The Marion baseball team split with Council Grove Tuesday for a second time this season to conclude regular-season play. The Warriors took a 13-6 record into postseason play.

Council Grove—Marion ended the regular season with a split Tuesday. The teams agreed to play a second time when each was looking to make up two games because of weather-related cancellations.

Marion lost Game 1, 6-2.

The Braves plated three runs in the third and three more in the sixth before Marion got on the board in the top of the seventh.

The Warriors loaded the bases with one out, thanks to a leadoff single by Jacob Vondenkamp, an error and a single by pinch hitter Dylan Pippin. Cole Srajer reached on the fielder’s choice, allowing one run to score. Mason Pedersen worked a walk to again load the bases, then Peyton Heidebrecht was hit by a pitch to bring the second run home.

Five Warriors recorded a hit, including Vondenkamp, Pippin, Remington Putter, Pedersen and Heidebrecht.

Heidebrecht sustained the pitching loss. He gave up eight hits and six runs (four earned) in six innings while walking one batter and striking out no one.

Marion won Game 2, 10-5.

Each team scored twice in the third, but Council Grove took the lead in the fifth, 4-3. The Warriors plated three runs to Council Grove’s one in the sixth inning to jump in front, 6-5, then scored four insurance runs in the seventh to solidify the win.

Heidebrecht highlighted the third inning with a two-run single. Srajer, Pedersen and Corbin Wheeler each drove in runs with sixth-inning singles.

In the final inning, with two outs and two runners aboard, Srajer hit an RBI single, then Pedersen was hit by a pitch for the third time in the game to load the bases. The next three Warriors walked before the Braves were able to get out of the inning.

Srajer was 3-for-5 and had two RBIs. Heidebrecht drove in three runs.

Wheeler earned the win in two innings of relief of starter Nathan Baldwin. He gave up three hits and three runs (two earned) while walking two batters and striking out no one.

Pippin closed the game, working around a pair of singles to throw a scoreless bottom of the seventh.

“I think it’s a great tune-up for us going to next week,” coach Roger Schroeder said. “Seeing that caliber of program before we go into regionals will help us. (I’m) proud of the effort. We competed. I was worried how we were going to come out in Game 2, because Game 1 we played okay and got beat. Really happy with the result.”

Inman—Marion battled weather concerns in addition to its opponent on the field Monday in its final league games of the regular season. The Warriors had built a 5-0 lead through five innings before the game was called because of weather. Game 2 was cancelled.

Marion got on the board in the second inning thanks to a pair of walks and an error. Marion scored twice in the third, benefitting from four consecutive walks to start the inning.

Jacob Vondenkamp highlighted Marion’s two-run, two-hit fourth inning with an RBI triple.

Four Warriors recorded a hit: Nathan Baldwin, Vondenkamp, Cole Srajer and Peyton Heidebrecht. All four drove in a run.

Dylan Pippin earned the pitching win. He scattered two hits over five scoreless innings of work. He walked no one and struck out nine Teutons.

With Marion unable to complete Game 2 and a previous league doubleheader with Canton-Galva cancelled because of weather, the Warriors finished 8-1 in Heart of America play, one game back from champion Sedgwick (9-1), with whom Marion split in early April.

“I was disappointed for our guys,” coach Roger Schroeder said. “We end up losing out on a league championship because of a rain-out and that’s unfortunate because we were using that as motivation for ourselves the second half of the season and it helped.”

Coming—Marion (13-6) is hosting a Class 3A regional this week. The Warriors’ quarterfinal game with No. 6 Hillsboro (4-12) was postponed from Monday to Tuesday because of rain. The winner was to face No. 2 Sedgwick (17-3) .

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