MHS splits two twinbills

The Marion baseball team split a doubleheader with Bennington April 19, before splitting with Sedgwick in a home make-up doubleheader Thursday.

The Warriors now have a 9-3 record overall, while posting a 6-2 league record.

Sedgwick?Marion edged Sedgwick in Game 1, 5-4, thanks to a home run from Caleb Williams plus hits by Austin Pederson, Cole Lewman and Matt Sprowls.

Pederson led the Warriors with two runs batted in and Sprowls and Lewman each posted one.

Ethan Hett pitched six innings for the win, allowing 10 hits and three earned runs while striking out one.

Jacob Harper pitched one inning, allowing two hits, one earned run and striking out one.

?We got very good pitching from Ethan and Jacob to help keep a group in check that was hitting a combined .357 coming into the games,? coach Roger Schroeder said. ?Being in close games like this is going to help us down the road.?

The Warriors lost Game 2, 9-5. Dylan Seacat contributed two RBIs for Marion and Taylor Heidebrecht added one to help keep the Warriors in the game.

Pederson pitched five innings, allowing eight hits and five earned runs while striking out two. Harper pitched two innings for the loss, allowing two hits and three earned runs.

?We did a good job in Game 1 of staying focused throughout the entire ball game and it allowed us to pull out the win,? Schroeder said. ?We were able to do that for six innings of the second game, but that one inning put us on the short end of things.?

He said if they could take away one inning of poor defense each game they lost, they would be looking at a 4-0 week.

?We never want to be satisfied with a split, but we take what we can and now we have to move on,? Schroeder said.

Bennington?The Warriors lost to the Bulldogs, 8-7, in Game 1. Jacob Harper had two runs batted in for Marion and teammate Ethan Hett contributed one.

Harper pitched six innings for the loss, allowing five hits and four earned runs (eight overall) while striking out four.

?We had one bad inning,? coach Roger Schroeder said. ?Take away the bottom half of the fourth inning where we made four errors and it is a different ball game.

?We have to do a better job of taking care of the baseball by not committing errors behind our pitchers, and on the mound we need to limit the free bases that we give to their hitters. ?

The Warriors rallied to win the second game, 3-0. Grif Case pitched seven innings for the shutout win, allowing six hits while striking out four.

?We got a fantastic pitching performance from Grif in Game 2,? Schroeder said. ?He was able to mix pitches and keep their hitters off-balance for seven innings. We played good defense behind Grif and were able to get a couple of timely hits to get out of there with a split.?

Coming?The Warriors were scheduled to face-off with Inman at home Tuesday, before traveling to Ell-Saline Friday.

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