?What I really liked seeing from my girls was aggressive at-bats and base running,? coach Jennifer Felvus said. ?The girls were really on top of things on the base paths, and I am hoping that is something we will take into regionals.?
The Warriors wasted no time in Game 1, scoring 15 runs in the first inning en route to an 18-0 run-rule victory after three innings.
In the first inning, Reann Hamm knocked out a triple, and Kayla Kroupa, a double. Seven Warriors hit singles, including Megan Richmond, Kroupa, Sam Davies, Megan Davies, Shayla Kline, Bailey Robson and Amanda Stuchlik. Little River walked seven Warriors.
After that, Marion put the game away by scoring three runs on six walks in the second inning.
Kroupa was 2-for-2 with four RBIs.
Marion surrendered one hit to Little River. Richmond pitched two innings and gave up the one hit. She walked no one and struck out two batters. Shyla Harris pitched an inning in relief.
In the nightcap Marion trailed, 4-3, after two innings, but the Warriors took a 6-5 lead after three, then burst with nine unanswered runs in the fourth and fifth to win, 15-5 in five innings.
Richmond, Sam Davies and Stuchlik hit singles in the third inning to help the Warriors take the lead.
Kroupa, Alli Boyd, Sam Davies and Cheyenne Jeffrey added singles in the fourth inning, while the fifth inning was highlighted by an RBI double by Boyd.
Sam Davies was 3-for-3 with two RBIs. Jeffrey contributed four RBIs on 2-for-3 hitting.
Megan Davies pitched two innings and surrendered five hits and four runs (two earned). She walked one batter and struck out three. Richmond pitched the final three innings and gave up two hits and one run (earned), while walking no one and striking out six.
Coming?The fifth-seeded Marion softball team opened play in the South?east of Saline Class 3A regional tournament at No. 4 Hutch Trinity Monday. Results were not available at press time. The winner of that game was to face No. 1 Southeast of Saline Tuesday in the semifinals.