MHS?softball splits with Inman

Reann Hamm throws to first during Game 1 against Inman Friday. Marion lost a close game, 9-8, before winning the nightcap, 10-6.
Reann Hamm throws to first during Game 1 against Inman Friday. Marion lost a close game, 9-8, before winning the nightcap, 10-6.
The Marion softball team split a doubleheader with Inman Friday.

In Game 1, Marion trailed 9-2 heading into the final inning. But the Warriors continued to battle, using a Bailey Robson single and seven walks to score six runs in the bottom of the inning to narrow the gap to the final 9-8 margin. Marion stranded the tying run on third base and the winning run on first.

?What I love about these girls is they embrace the fight,? coach Jennifer Felvus said. ?They are never out until it is over; they never give up. We had a slow start offensively, but the game wasn?t over, and they were going to give it everything they had.?

Marion scored its first two runs in the second inning, aided by a Shayla Kline double and an RBI single by Sam Davies. The Warriors led 2-1 until Inman scored five runs in the top of the third.

Kline was 3-for-3, including a double.

Megan Richmond absorbed the pitching loss. In seven innings, she gave up seven hits and nine runs (three earned). She walked six batters and struck out seven.

Marion rebounded with a 10-6 victory in Game 2. The Warriors matched Inman blow-for-blow in the first two innings.

The Teutons got on the board with three runs in the top of the first, but Marion answered with three in the bottom half. Shelby Felvus recorded Marion?s only hit of the half inning.

After Inman added a run in the second, the Warriors scored one with the help of a double by Davies.

Marion took the lead with a run in the fourth inning, but Inman scored two runs in the top of the sixth.

The Warriors, however, reclaimed the advantage with five runs in the bottom of the sixth, which was highlighted by triples from Felvus and Elizabeth Meyer.

?I knew we had something special when Elizabeth Meyer came up to bat with bases loaded in the sixth, although I had no idea she would hit it out in that situation,? Felvus said.

?Of course, being called out on appeal for missing home plate was definitely not our best moment, but regardless, Liz hit the ball out of the park with bases loaded, and there is no better feeling.

?Unfortunately, her great hit goes in the book as a triple with three RBIs, but we all know she owns that grand slam all the way.?

Davies was 3-for-4, including two doubles and two RBIs.

Felvus was the winning pitcher. Over seven innings, she gave up six hits and six runs (one earned). She walked six batters and struck out 10.

Coming?Marion (7-7) was scheduled to play at Bennington Tuesday and will travel to Ell-Saline Thursday in a doubleheader rescheduled from April 29.