Marion sweeps Council Grove

Nathan Baldwin fires a pitch during Game 1 at Council Grove Tuesday. Baldwin threw five shutout innings without surrendering a hit to earn the pitching win. He walked five batters and struck out six Braves.
Nathan Baldwin fires a pitch during Game 1 at Council Grove Tuesday. Baldwin threw five shutout innings without surrendering a hit to earn the pitching win. He walked five batters and struck out six Braves.
The Marion baseball team opened the season with a sweep at Council Grove Tuesday.

The Warriors earned a 7-0 shutout in Game 1.

Nathan Baldwin (1-0) threw five shutout innings without surrendering a hit to earn the pitching win. He walked five batters and struck out six. Corbin Wheeler pitched two innings of relief, giving up one hit.

Marion scored its first two runs off two hits in the top of the second inning. Garrett Hoffner and Jacob Vondenkamp each hit singles in the frame.

The Warriors scored three more runs in the third inning. Wheeler led off with a solo home run, and Cole Srajer later hit a double.

Wheeler led off the one-run fourth inning with a single and scored via Hoffner’s sacrifice fly.

Marion added one final run off three hits in the top of the sixth. Hoffner keyed the frame with an RBI single.

The Braves loaded the bases in the bottom half of the inning, but Marion escaped unscathed with a ground ball to second to secure the final out of the frame. A scoreless seventh inning followed.

Vondenkamp was 3-for-4 at-bat and had two RBIs. Hoffner was 2-for-3 and also had two RBIs.

Marion won Game 2, 9-5.

The Warriors built a 6-0 lead by scoring three runs in both the first and second innings. In the first inning, Mason Pedersen, Peyton Heidebrecht and Seth Savage each hit singles. Savage’s hit drove in two runs.

Cole Srajer highlighted the three-hit, three-run top of the second inning with a three-run home run.

The Braves countered by scoring two runs off three hits and an error in the bottom of the third inning.

Each team scored one run in the fifth inning. Savage and Garrett Hoffner hit singles in the top of the inning for Marion.

Council Grove closed within 7-5 with a two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth. But Marion got those runs back with a two-run top of the seventh inning. Savage and Dylan Deines worked back-to-back walks to lead off the inning, then Srajer hit a two-out single, Mason Pedersen worked a walk, and Heidebrecht hit a single.

Pedersen entered to pitch in the bottom of the seventh and secured the final three outs, including two via strikeout.

Blaine Mermis (1-0) earned the pitching win. In four innings of work, he gave up six hits and two runs (both unearned). He walked one batter and struck out five.

Heidebrecht was 3-for-5 at-bat. Srajer had four RBIs.

“We played well tonight,” coach Roger Schroeder said. “We didn’t play perfect, by any means. There’s a lot that we need to shore up, but to come in here to a pretty tradition-rich program and to shut them out Game 1 and find a way to win Game 2—that’s a two-run game going to the seventh. We were able to add on a couple, and I think it really changed the complexion of the seventh inning.”

Coming—Marion’s games at Inman Friday were postponed because of weather. The Warriors (2-0) were scheduled to host Moundridge on Thursday. Marion will host Sedgwick next Tuesday.