The Marion softball team suffered its first Heart of America league losses last week, losing two games to Hutchinson Trinity Tuesday in its only outing.
Marion lost Game 1, 2-0.
Grace Overton recorded Marion’s only hit, going 1-for-2 at-bat.
Meanwhile, the Warriors committed four errors.
Overton sustained the pitching loss. In seven innings, she gave up four hits and two runs (one earned). She walked one batter and struck out eight.
“Game 1, we struggled at the plate, only putting two runners on base,” coach Judy Noller said. “Jayden May reached on a walk, and Grace Overton had a single. Grace pitched a nice game, only giving up four hits—all singles.”
Marion lost Game 2, 9-5 in eight innings.
Trinity took the lead with a three-run first inning, but Marion put a single tally in each of the second and fourth innings to close the gap to 3-2. Trinity, however, responded by scoring one run in the fifth inning and one run in the sixth to lead, 5-2.
Down to their final three outs, the Warriors scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to tie the game and send it to extra innings.
But the Celtics plated four runs in the eighth inning to seal the victory.
Marion recorded nine hits, led by Tori Shults, who was 2-for-3 at-bat and had one RBI. Laura Savage was 2-for-4 and had one RBI. Macy Sigel had two RBIs.
Chisholm Waner (3-3) sustained the pitching loss. In eight innings, she gave up 15 hits and nine runs (five earned). She walked three batters and struck out four.
Marion committed five errors.
“The team did a great job that second game and had a good chance to win,” Noller said. “I should have done a better job as a coach communicating with my base-runners to get that winning run across the plate.”
Coming—Marion (4-2, 5-5) was scheduled to play at Bennington Tuesday and will host Sedgwick Friday.