The Marion baseball team handed undefeated Sedgwick its first Heart of America losses Friday to top the league standings with two doubleheaders remaining in the regular season.
The teams entered Friday’s doubleheader with a combined one loss on the season.
“That’s a good team across the field, but we’ve got a good team in this dugout, too,” coach Roger Schroeder said. “We’re both flawed teams, but who’s not? I’ve never seen a perfect team, but tonight, we just competed well, above everything else.”
Marion won Game 1, 5-2.
After a scoreless first inning, Marion struck first by scratching across one run in the bottom of the second. But Sedgwick responded with a two-run top of the third inning to take the lead.
The Warriors tied the game by hanging a single tally in the fourth inning and took the lead for good by plating three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Marion recorded nine hits. Blaine Mermis was 2-for-2 at-bat and had two RBIs. Cooper Carpenter and Jaxton Tracy were both 2-for-3. All three hit doubles.
Sam Zinn (4-0) earned the pitching win. He threw two scoreless innings in relief of starter Tracy without surrendering a hit. Zinn walked one batter and had two strikeouts. Tracy went five innings, giving up four hits and two runs (one earned). He walked two batters and struck out eight.
Marion won Game 2, 7-3, despite committing three errors.
“We had a couple defensive miscues, but it really didn’t cost us, “Schroeder said. “Other than that, I thought we played pretty well. We turned two or three double plays.”
The Warrior offense plated run support for starter Chase Stringer early, scratching across one run in the first inning and scoring two runs in the second to lead, 3-0.
But defensive miscues contributed to a three-run top of the third inning for Sedgwick. None of the Cardinals’ runs were earned.
Marion broke the tie by plating two runs in the bottom half of the inning and scored two insurance runs in the sixth inning to seal the victory.
Sedgwick committed four errors.
Schroeder praised his team’s offensive performance against two quality Sedgwick pitchers—Nolan Crumrine and Andrew Hoffsommer.
“Our offense, we’re getting there,” he said. “Those were two good arms we saw tonight. Those kids had lost two games combined in high school.”
Mermis was 3-for-3 at-bat, including a double, and had one RBI. Luke Lanning was 2-for-3 and had one RBI.
Chase Stringer (1-1) earned the pitching win. In five innings of work, he scattered two hits and three unearned runs. He walked five batters and struck out three.
Zinn (4-0-1) was credited with the save. He pitched two scoreless innings of relief, giving up two hits, walking one batter and striking out four.
“I’m in my ninth year, (and) we’ve never beat (Sedgwick) twice,” Schroeder said. “That was big for us. They’re a good program. They’re very good athletes, and we know that they’re going to compete. We did a good job of competing well tonight against them.”
Bennington—Marion swept the Bulldogs in a pair of run-rule victories Tuesday.
“We did end up hitting the ball pretty well on Tuesday, and we got some pretty good outings on the mound,” coach Roger Schroeder said.
Marion won Game 1, 17-2, in six innings after plating 13 runs in the sixth inning.
The Warriors recorded 13 hits, led by Jaxton Tracy, who was 3-for-4 at-bat and had four RBIs. Cooper Carpenter was 2-for-3, both doubles, and had four RBIs. Luke Lanning was 2-for-2, including a double, and had one RBI.
Blaine Mermis (3-1) earned the pitching win. In six innings, he gave up four hits and two unearned runs. He walked three batters and struck out eight.
Marion won Game 2, 15-5, in six innings.
The Warriors plated four runs in the opening inning and never trailed, scoring seven runs in the fourth inning, after which Marion led, 13-5. The Warriors solidified the run-rule win a two-run top of the sixth.
Marion recorded 14 hits, led by Chase Stringer who was 3-for-4 at-bat and drove in two runs. Three Warriors were 2-for-3: Sam Zinn, Cameron Steward and Cooper Carpenter. Steward had two RBIs. Jarred Rahe and Blaine Mermis also had two RBIs apiece. Zinn, Stringer, Seth Lanning and Rahe hit doubles.
Eli Hett (2-0) earned the pitching win. In three innings, he gave up two hits and three runs (two earned). He walked three batters and struck out two. Stringer and Zinn pitched in relief.
Coming—Marion (15-1, 8-0) will compete at Ell-Saline Friday.