Marion splits two with Sedgwick

Shelby Felvus covers the plate as a Sedgwick run scores Tuesday. The Warriors split the doubleheader with the Cardinals, losing Game 1, 24-14, then winning Game 2, 10-6.The Marion softball team split with visiting Sedgwick Tuesday, recovering from a run-rule loss in Game 1 to win the nightcap.

A seven-run top of the first inning put Marion in an early hole from which the Warriors never recovered in Game 1. In the end, Marion lost, 24-14, in six innings.

Marion made some noise in the bottom of the third inning. Trailing, 10-3, heading into the half-inning, the Warriors scratched across five runs off four hits and two errors. Katelyn Christensen, Shelby Felvus and Kourtney Hansen hit RBI singles in the frame. By the end of the inning, Marion had trimmed Sedgwick’s lead to 10-8.

But the Cardinals put up five runs in the fourth inning and scored another five in the fifth inning. Needing to score in order to prevent the mercy rule from taking effect, the Warriors used three hits, an error and four walks to plate six runs in the bottom half of the inning to stay alive. Lindsey Sigel hit a two-run double to highlight the frame. Taylor May also hit a double, driving in one run.

Sedgwick, however, scored four runs off two hits, an error and a pair of walks in the top of the sixth inning to extend its margin to 10, and this time, Marion was unable to answer.

Sedgwick out-hit Marion, 14-10. The Warriors committed seven errors, while Sedgwick made six.

Felvus was 2-for-3 at-bat and had one RBI. Hansen was 2-for-4 and had three RBIs.

Felvus absorbed the pitching loss. In 41⁄3 innings, she gave up 12 hits and 20 runs (17 earned). She walked 12 batters and struck out two.

Marion won Game 2, 10-6.

It was a back-and-forth battle early, as Sedgwick led, 2-1, after one inning of play, then Marion tied the game after three innings, 3-3, with a two-run bottom of the third inning.

Corrina Crabb’s fourth-inning ground out allowed a run to score to give Marion the edge, 4-3, but Sedgwick outscored the Warriors 2-1 in the fifth inning to tie the game at 5. Katelyn Christensen drove in Marion’s run with an RBI single.

Marion took the lead for good with a three-hit, five-run bottom of the sixth inning. Taylor May hit a two-run single to key the frame. Taelyn Pagel also drove in a run with a single. Marion benefitted from an error and two walks.

Sedgwick scored its final run in the top of the seventh.

Taylor May was 3-for-3 at-bat and had three RBIs. Shelby Felvus (3-2) earned the pitching win. In seven innings, she gave up eight hits and six runs (three earned). She walked one batter and struck out seven.

“There were some circumstances in Game 1, some of which were out of our control, and maybe we didn’t respond to them in the best manner that we could have,” coach Jennifer Felvus said. “It’s a shame to score 14 runs in a game and not win.

“We got together after the first game briefly and talked about how we had to leave that in the past and had to move on and play Warrior softball, and they did that.”

Coming—Marion (3-1, 3-3) was scheduled to play at Ell-Saline Tuesday and will host Sterling Friday at 4:30 p.m.

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