Marion sweeps Moundridge, Canton-Galva

The Marion baseball team improved to 4-0 in Heart of America competition, 9-1 overall with sweeps of Moundridge and Canton-Galva last week.

“Outside of the first four and a half innings of the week, I thought we made some good strides again this week,” coach Roger Schroeder said. “I was pleased with the effort we put forth above all of the other baseball stuff. Offensively, we put up a lot of runs, but we are still struggling to find our identity at the plate. We are giving away a lot of at-bats up and down the lineup.”

Moundridge—Marion enjoyed two, run-rule victories over the Wildcats Friday, scoring a combined 27 runs in 10 innings while holding its opponent to two runs.

The Warriors won Game 1, 11-1 in six innings. Marion never trailed, and, benefitting from walks, loaded the bases in what became a five-run fifth inning to extend what had been a 3-0 Warrior lead through four frames. Moundridge scored its run in the top of the fifth inning, but Marion scratched across three runs in the sixth inning, capped by Eli Hett’s walk-off RBI single, to seal the victory.

Chase Stringer was 3-for-3 at-bat and had two RBIs. Sam Zinn drove in three runs. Luke Lanning hit a double.

Jaxton Tracy (3-0) earned the pitching win, surrendering just two hits and one earned run in six innings of work. He walked two batters and struck out 10. Marion, meanwhile, worked 11 walks in the game.

Marion won Game 2, 16-1 in four innings, scoring in every inning—none bigger than its 10-run bottom of the third.

The Warriors recorded 14 hits, led by Zinn, who was 5-for-5 at-bat, including a double, and had three RBIs. Evann Heidebrecht was 2-for-2, including a home run, and had three RBIs. Chase Stringer hit a double.

Blaine Mermis (2-1) earned the pitching win. In three innings, he gave up one hit and one unearned run. He walked two batters and struck out six. Braeden Mercer pitched one inning of relief.

Canton-Galva—Marion swept the Eagles Tuesday.

The Warriors won Game 1, 9-1.

Canton-Galva scored first in the top of the opening inning, but Marion evened the score in the bottom half of the inning. The score remained tied for four innings until Marion plated seven in the bottom of the fifth. The Warriors scored one final run in the sixth inning. Canton-Galva committed five errors.

Marion recorded seven hits, led by Evann Heidebrecht who was 2-for-2 at-bat. Luke Lanning had two RBIs.

Sam Zinn (2-0) earned the pitching win with 2 1/3 hitless and scoreless innings of relief. He walked no one and struck out four. Chase Stringer pitched 4 2/3 innings to start the game and surrendered four hits and one earned run.

Marion won Game 2, 15-0 in three innings, scoring two runs in the first inning, four in the second and nine in the third. Canton-Galva committed four errors. The Warriors recorded five hits, led by Eli Hett, who was 2-for-2 at-bat and had one RBI. Three Warriors had two RBIs: Luke Lanning, Cooper Carpenter and Jaxton Tracy. The Warriors worked 13 walks.

Eli Hett (1-0) earned the pitching win. In three scoreless innings, he gave up two hits. He walked no one and struck out three batters.

Coming—Marion (4-0, 9-1) was scheduled to play at Council Grove Tuesday in a doubleheader rescheduled from March 26. The Warriors will travel to Bennington April 23.