The Marion baseball team traveled to Sedgwick Tuesday for a battle of unbeaten teams sitting at the top of the Heart of America league. Both are ranked in Class 3A. After all was said and done, each team earned a win and sustained a loss.
Marion lost Game 1, 4-2.
?We just failed to make adjustments offensively,? coach Roger Schroeder said. ?Not to take anything away from Trey Tucker?he pitched very well and he stuck with his approach on the mound.
?It is our job to adjust and make him alter his game plan, and we failed to make those adjustments.?
Sedgwick struck early with a home run in the bottom of the first inning, then added three runs in the fifth.
?Defensively, we kicked the ball around a little bit and gave them some extra outs there in the fifth,??Schroeder said. ?Anytime you give a good team more than three outs in an inning, they will make you pay.?
Marion scored its two runs in the top of the sixth inning and had the tying runs on base in the top of the seventh, but could not capitalize.
Marion managed three hits in the game. Zach Robson was 2-for-3, and Grif Case hit a double and had one RBI.
Case absorbed the pitching loss. Over six innings, he gave up five hits and four runs (three earned). He walked two batters and struck out eight.
In Game 2, Marion fought back for the split with a 7-0 win behind the pitching of Bret Voth.
?Bret Voth was nothing short of outstanding on the mound for us,? Schroeder said. ?He has really done a good job for us so far this season of throwing quality strikes.
?He stayed out of the middle of the plate, worked ahead in the count and made some big pitches in some crucial moments for us.?
One such moment occurred in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Marion led 7-0, having scored one run in the first inning, three in the second on a three-run home run by Case, one run in the third, and two in the fourth.
But in the bottom of the fifth, Sedgwick threatened with two runners in scoring position and one of the 3A?s best hitters at the plate. But Voth and the Warriors escaped unscathed.
?Bret worked his tail off to get a pop up in the infield and strike out to end the inning, and that took the wind out of their sails.?
Taylor Heidebrecht was 3-for-4 at the plate, with a double. Case had three RBIs. Robson and Dylan Seacat also hit doubles.
Voth scattered five hits over seven innings. He did not surrender any runs and did not walk any batters, while striking out eight.
?It was very important for us to come back and salvage the split in game two,??Schroeder said. ?We kept ourselves at a tie atop the league standings. ?
Coming?Marion (5-1, 11-1), ranked second in Class 3A, was scheduled to play at Ell-Saline, ranked sixth in Class 2-1A Tuesday and will host Inman Friday.