The Marion softball team lost two games to open the season Tuesday at Council Grove.
“The opener was the first time we truly got to see this set-up in action,” coach Jennifer Felvus said. “I think the girls learned a lot, and we found some defensive options that give us some depth when necessary. Overall, I was pleased with many things, and I identified some areas that need some more attention to continue to make us better.”
The Warriors lost Game 1, 8-3.
The Braves scored first, using one hit, a walk and an error to score two runs in the bottom of the second inning. Marion plated its first run in the top of the third inning when Paige May hit a solo home run. The Warriors recorded three hits in the frame and left the bases loaded.
Council Grove led off the bottom of the third inning with a double and ended up scoring two runs in the frame. The Braves then outscored Marion 4-1 in the fourth. For the Warriors, Taelyn Pagel led off with a single and later scored via a Brave error.
Marion scored its final run in the top of the seventh inning off one hit and an error. Paige May worked a leadoff walk and later scored via error. Lindsey Sigel hit a single in the frame.
Sigel was 2-for-4 at-bat. Paige May had one RBI.
Shelby Felvus (0-1) sustained the pitching loss. In six innings of work, she gave up seven hits and eight runs (four earned). She walked four batters and struck out three.
Marion lost Game 2, 15-11.
The Warriors trailed 12-3 after three innings of play, having scored one run off two hits in the second inning, including Bailey Baker’s RBI double. The Warriors added two runs in the third inning. Lindsey Sigel highlighted the frame with an RBI single.
However, after scoring two runs in the opening inning, the Braves scored five runs in each of the second and third innings to build a 12-3 lead.
Marion scored three runs without a hit in the fifth inning, thanks to three Brave errors and three walks. But Council Grove got those runs back with a four-hit, three-run bottom of the sixth.
Marion rallied late by scoring five runs in the top of the seventh inning. After Alli Molleker reached base via error, Baker reached base on the fielder’s choice and Molleker advanced safely to second. Paige May worked a walk to load the bases, then Shelby Felvus hit a two-run single. May scored on a passed ball, then Katelyn Christensen reached on a walk. Taylor May reached via an error, allowing another run to score. Sigel drove in Marion’s final run with an RBI single.
Felvus was 2-for-3 at-bat and had three RBIs. Sigel was 2-for-5 and had two RBIs.
Emily Hague (0-1) sustained the pitching loss. In one inning of work, she gave up one hit and two runs (one earned). She walked two batters and struck out no one.
Coming—Marion’s games at Inman Friday were postponed because of weather. The Warriors (0-2) were scheduled to host Moundridge Tuesday and will host Sedgwick next Tuesday.