The Marion softball team enjoyed a 4-0 week—all run-rule victories—to improve to 8-4 in Heart of America league play, 10-6 overall.
The Warriors outscored their opponents 66-4 last week.
Coach Jennifer Felvus said her team reached a turning point a few weeks ago in approaching the box with confidence instead of fear.
“In the female athlete mind, we have a tendency to think more on the things that didn’t go our way than we do the things that did, so we have to be careful not to slip into that,” she said. “I think we did for a little while, and we weren’t running aggressively in return and we weren’t hitting aggressively. I think we saw a real turning point where we came back to that a couple weeks ago. That’s really important as we head into postseason, that we’re in the right place, mentally.”
Canton-Galva—Marion swept the Eagles Friday, 18-0 and 15-0, in a non-league matchup.
Marion won Game 1 in three innings. Shelby Felvus (9-4) earned the pitching win, tossing three hitless innings while walking one batter and striking out three.
The Warriors had 14 hits, scoring nine runs in each of the first two innings. Taylor May hit a two-run triple in the first inning. Then, Paige May drove in two runs with a second-inning triple. Felvus also drove in two runs with a double.
Corrina Crabb was 3-for-3 at-bat and had three RBIs. Taylor May also drove in three runs.
Marion won Game 2 in four innings.
The Warriors plated eight runs in the first inning. Shelby Felvus hit a leadoff triple, and later in the inning, drove in two runs with a single. Marion brought 13 batters to the plate and worked six walks.
Two bases-loaded walks increased Marion’s lead to 10-0 after two innings, and the Warriors plated one run via passed ball in the third.
Four fourth-inning runs solidified the run-rule victory. Kourtney Hansen hit an RBI triple to key the frame.
Felvus was 2-for-2 at-bat and had three RBIs. Hansen was 2-for-3.
Felvus (10-4) earned the pitching win. In four innings, she gave up two hits while walking no one and striking out three batters.
Bennington—Marion swept the Bulldogs Tuesday, outscoring the home team, 33-4 in two games.
The Warriors won Game 1, 12-0, in five innings.
Shelby Felvus (7-4) threw a one-hit shutout to earn the pitching win. She walked three Bulldogs and struck out nine.
Offensively, Marion scored its first run when Taelyn Pagel hit a first-inning sacrifice fly. The Warriors scored four runs off four hits and two errors in the second inning. Taylor May drove in two runs with a base hit.
Marion blew the game open with a four-hit, six-run top of the third inning. Three Warriors hit RBI doubles in the inning: Lindsey Sigel, Bailey Baker and Taylor May. Marion benefitted from an error and a passed ball. Felvus stole home to score Marion’s 10th run. By the end of the half-inning, Marion led, 11-0.
The Warriors scored their final run in the fourth inning when Crabb hit an RBI single.
Bennington made five errors in the game.
Marion recorded 11 hits, led by Crabb who was 3-for-3 at-bat and had two RBIs. Taylor May drove in three runs.
The Warriors won Game 2, 21-4, in four innings.
Marion’s offensive onslaught began in the first inning when the Warriors roughed up Bennington’s starter for six hits and seven runs, all with two outs. Lindsey Sigle keyed the frame with a two-RBI double. Katelyn Christensen and Taelyn Pagel both drove in a run with a double. Bennington also walked three batters.
Marion plated five runs off four hits and two errors in the second inning. Tori Shults highlighted the effort with a two-run double.
Bennington, however, scored four unearned runs off one hit, an error, a hit by pitch, and three walks in the bottom half of the inning.
The Warriors responded with a one-hit, three-run third inning highlighted by Katelyn Christensen’s RBI single, and put the finishing touches on the run-rule victory by knocking out five hits and scoring six runs in the fourth inning. Hansen chased home Marion’s final two runs with a two-RBI single.
In all, Marion had 16 hits. Hansen was 3-for-4 at-bat and had four RBIs. Pagel also drove in four runs.
Felvus (8-4) earned the pitching win, surrendering two hits and four runs (none earned) over four innings of work. She walked five batters and struck out five.
Coming—Marion was scheduled to conclude the regular season by hosting Hutchinson Trinity Tuesday.
Marion will host a Class 3A regional tournament next week with Southeast of Saline, Halstead, Hesston, Hutchinson Trinity, Lyons, Sterling and Remington participating.