Marion takes two from Wildcats

Taylor May hits a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning of Game 2 Thursday, giving Marion a 4-3 victory over Moundridge. May was 2-for-4 at-bat and had one RBI. The Warriors defeated the Wildcats, 13-9, in Game 1.In games postponed from Tuesday because of rain, the Marion softball team swept Moundridge to open Heart of America league play Thursday, improving to 2-2 on the season.

“It’s early in the season, and I still saw some things that we need to work on or address, but overall, (I’m) really pleased with how the girls hit, mainly,” coach Jennifer Felvus said. “I really want to focus on offensive power, and I think we’re getting there.”

The Warriors won Game 1, 13-9, building a 6-2 lead through three innings of play.

With the bases loaded in the bottom of the first inning after Shelby Felvus hit a leadoff single and Kourtney Hansen and Corrina Crabb worked back-to-back walks, Lindsey Sigel hit an RBI single. Katelyn Christensen and Taelyn Pagel each worked bases-loaded walks to score Marion’s next two runs.

In the bottom of the third inning, Paige May hit a two-run single, and Felvus, a sacrifice fly.

Marion added two runs in the fourth inning. Christensen keyed the frame with an RBI single.

The Warriors took a 12-4 lead with a four-run bottom of the fifth inning. Taylor May and Pagel hit RBI singles in the half-inning. Christensen drove in a run with a double. The Warriors also benefitted from a Moundridge error.

Each team scored one run in the sixth inning. Crabb hit a sacrifice bunt for Marion.

Moundridge used two hits and five walks to score four runs in the seventh inning before Marion secured the final strikeout.

“I think we got caught up in the moment, and we started to let them back in,” coach Felvus said. “(We) took a quick timeout, refocused and then pretty much rolled from there.”

Felvus was 3-for-3 at-bat and had one RBI. Christensen and Pagel each had three RBIs.

Felvus (1-1) was the winning pitcher. In seven innings, she gave up eight hits and nine runs (six earned). She walked 12 batters and struck out five.

Marion won Game 2 in walk-off fashion, 4-3.

The Warriors claimed a 3-0 lead by scoring one run in the first inning off Corrina Crabb’s RBI single, and two more in the second inning. Taylor May led off that inning with a triple and later scored on a wild pitch. Shelby Felvus hit a sacrifice fly, and the Warriors also worked three walks.

But Moundridge tied the game after four innings of play, and the teams remained locked at 3-3 until the seventh inning. With the bases loaded and two outs, Taylor May hit a walk-off RBI single.

“There was a lot of pressure going on right there,” coach Felvus said. “(Taylor) answered it with a drive, pretty close up the middle, right center, that did it for us. I was really proud of her composure at that moment.”

Crabb and Taylor May were each 2-for-4 at-bat. Felvus, Crabb and Taylor May each had one RBI.

Felvus (2-1) earned the pitching win. In seven innings, she gave up seven hits and three runs (one earned). She walked two batters and struck out six.

Coming—Marion was scheduled to host Sedgwick Tuesday and will play at Ell-Saline next Tuesday.

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