Marion?s state baseball run ends with loss to Silver Lake

Taylor Heidebrecht catches the throw from Caleb Williams to force Silver Lake?s Dailin Kruger out at first base to start the second inning in the first round of the Class 3A state baseball tournament. Marion built a 6-0 lead after four innings, but lost to Silver Lake in the end, 9-8.
Taylor Heidebrecht catches the throw from Caleb Williams to force Silver Lake?s Dailin Kruger out at first base to start the second inning in the first round of the Class 3A state baseball tournament. Marion built a 6-0 lead after four innings, but lost to Silver Lake in the end, 9-8.
Sometimes things do not go as hoped or dreamed. For the Marion baseball team, that meant a premature exit from the Class 3A state tournament in Topeka after suffering an opening-round loss to Silver Lake, 9-8, Thursday.

?Not the way, obviously, we wanted to go, but it?s a heck of a run,? coach Roger Schroeder said. ?Just picked a bad day.

?We could?ve played our worst game in April and it wouldn?t have meant anything. We play our worst game at the end of May, it means a lot.?

Marion committed six errors in the game?all in the final three innings. Prior to Thursday, the most errors the Warriors had committed in a single game was two.

The game started smoothly for the Warriors, who built a 6-0 lead after four innings and appeared to be handily in control.

But the game started to unravel in the top of the fifth inning when Silver Lake used five hits and two Warrior errors to score four runs off Marion starter Grif Case, who had pitched four shutout innings?even though Silver Lake loaded the bases in the third and fourth innings.

Marion responded with a run in the bottom of the fifth inning when Bret Voth singled home Jacob Baldwin, who had led off with a single. That put the score at 7-4 in favor of Marion.

However, with Taylor Heidebrecht pitching in relief, Silver Lake scored four runs on four hits and two errors to take a one-run lead in the top of the sixth. All the scoring was done with two outs.

The Warriors came back to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth. Case led off with a double deep down the left field line and scored when the Silver Lake fielder overthrew first base, allowing Luke Steele to reach on error.

In the top of the seventh, Heidebrecht retired the first two Silver Lake batters by fly out and strikeout. However, the third Eagle hit the ball down the first-base line, where it got past two Warriors and ended up in deep right field, allowing the batter to round all the bases and score. Two singles after that put runners at first and second, but Zach Robson made a leaping catch to gain the third out.

With one final opportunity to tie or take the lead, Marion was retired in order for the first time all afternoon.

The Warriors started the game on fire. Case retired the first three Eagles he faced, and the Warrior offense backed him in the bottom of the inning when Baldwin and Steele hit back-to-back RBI singles.

The Warriors added three runs in the bottom of the second inning, aided by a two-run double by Heide?brecht.

By the time Robson scored on a throwing error in the bottom of the fourth after leading off with a walk, Marion led 6-0.

For the game, Baldwin and Case both were 2-for-4 with one RBI.

Heidebrecht absorbed the pitching loss. In two innings, he gave up six hits and five runs (two earned). He walked no one and struck out one.

Coincidently, the Warriors lost to the Eagles in the first round of the state tournament last year, 4-2. Marion concludes the season with a 21-2 record.

?It?s not where we wanted to be, but it still shouldn?t put a damper on what we accomplished this year,??Schroeder said. ?There were a lot of good things.

?This senior class has really set the bar high for everybody coming through now.?