Marion sweeps Council Grove

The Marion baseball team recorded 21 hits in a doubleheader sweep of Council Grove Tuesday in the team’s only appearance last week.

Marion used 11 hits to claim an 18-3 victory in four innings in Game 1.

Council Grove took a 2-1 lead after one inning, but Marion scored four runs in the top of the second inning to jump in front for good. Leading 9-3 after three innings, the Warriors plated nine runs in the fourth inning to seal the run-rule victory.

Offensively, Cooper Carpenter was 3-for-4 at-bat, including a double, and had two RBIs. Seth Lanning was 2-for-2 and had three RBIs. Evann Heidebrecht hit a double and had three RBIs. Chase Stringer and Sam Zinn also hit doubles.

Zinn (3-0) earned the pitching win. In four innings, he gave up four hits and three runs (one earned). He walked three batters and struck out eight.

Marion won Game 2, 10-4. The Warriors scored four runs in the opening inning and never trailed, scoring in every inning but the fourth and the sixth to propel them to victory.

Zinn accounted for nearly half of Marion’s 10 hits, going 4-for-5 at-bat. Luke Lanning hit a triple and had three RBIs. Blaine Mermis had two RBIs. Three Warriors hit doubles: Seth Lanning, Heidebrecht and Carpenter.

Braeden Mercer (1-0) was the winning pitcher. In five innings, he gave up eight hits and four runs (two earned). He walked two batters and struck out three.

Stringer pitched two innings of hitless relief with three strikeouts and no walks.

Despite the hits the Warriors recorded in the stat book, coach Roger Schroeder still seeks consistency from his team offensively.

“(I) thought we had some good at-bats in Game 1 and really just the first inning of Game 2,” Schroeder said. “Then we pulled off and gave away a ton of at-bats and opportunities in Game 2. We show we can stick with a plan at the plate is spurts, but we’ve yet to put together a full day of good approaches. Thankfully, we are throwing the ball well on the mound and playing pretty good defense to make up for the lack of consistency on the offensive end.” 

Coming—Marion (4-0, 11-1) was scheduled to resume league play at Bennington Tuesday. The Warriors will host Sedgwick Friday.

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