MHS loses two to Cardinals

Shelby Felvus fires a pitch during Game 2 against Ell-Saline Friday. Felvus went the distance on the mound in Marion’s 4-0 loss.

After splitting with non-league opponent Council Grove earlier in the week, the Marion softball team lost two league games to Ell-Saline Friday to move to 4-2 in HOA play, 5-5 overall.

Ell-Saline—Marion’s bats struggled in two shutout defeats to the unbeaten Cardinals Friday.

The Warriors lost Game 1, 1-0.

Each team recorded three hits. Ell-Saline got two of them in the third inning off Marion ace Shelby Felvus to score what would become the winning run.

Marion tallied single hits in the fourth, fifth and sixth frames off Cardinal pitcher Madison Schuman but could not string any together. These Warriors were 1-for-3 at-bat: Shelby Felvus, Kourtney Hansen and Katelyn Christensen.

Felvus sustained the pitching loss, giving up three hits and one earned run in seven innings of work. She walked six batters and struck out five.

Marion lost Game 2, 4-0. Again, the Warrior bats struggled, managing four hits, one in each of the first, fifth, sixth and seventh innings.

Ell-Saline used three hits and an error to score three runs in the fourth inning and scored once more in the sixth.

Felvus (5-5) sustained the pitching loss. She gave up five hits and four runs (three earned) while walking six batters and striking out four.

These Warriors were 1-for-3 at-bat: Kourtney Hansen, Reann Hamm, Kayla Kroupa and Paige May.

“The only remedy for what went on was hitting, because defensively, we really played quite well,” coach Jennifer Felvus said. “We gave it away offensively.

“I’m not sure why it took us so long to adjust. I feel like we lacked some confidence at the plate, which is something we work a lot on.”

Council Grove—Marion split a doubleheader Tuesday.

The Warriors won Game 1, 7-4.

After trailing 2-1 through three innings, Marion jumped in front thanks to Shelby Felvus’ two-run single in the fourth inning.

The Warriors added four insurance runs in the sixth inning, which was keyed by Felvus’ two-RBI triple, then withstood a late Brave rally in which Council Grove scored twice in the final half-inning.

Felvus went the distance on the mound to earn the win. She gave up eight hits and four runs (two earned) while walking five batters and striking out one. She helped her own cause by going 2-for-4 at-bat and recording four RBIs.

“Mentally that win was important to us,” Coach Felvus said. “We came out here looking for that win.”

Marion lost the nightcap, 16-2, in five innings. Coach Felvus said the team lacked intensity and did not make the necessary adjustments heading into Game 2.

“We didn’t come in to that second game with the same vigor and the same fighting spirit as we came into the first game with,” she said. “Really we needed a little bit more than Game 1 because we’re riding the same pony (on the mound).”

Things escalated quickly when Council Grove used 10 hits to score 11 runs in the first inning. Felvus faced 16 batters before the Warriors secured the final out. Marion committed two errors in the frame.

Taylor May led off the third inning with a single, and Felvus hit a one-out triple to drive in a run. Reann Hamm drove in Marion’s second run with an RBI single.

The Warriors recorded just one hit after that, and the Braves nailed down the run-rule win with a five-run fourth inning.

“After the first inning we were trying to overplay a little bit,” Coach Felvus said. “I think then we want to correct something so bad, instead of staying neutral and doing what we know how to do, we overplay.”

Felvus was 2-for-3 at-bat.

On the mound, Felvus (5-3) sustained the loss, giving up 14 hits and 16 runs (5 earned runs) while walking four batters and striking out no one.

Coming—Marion was scheduled to play at Hutchinson Trinity Tuesday. They will return to action by hosting Inman April 26.

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