The Marion baseball team rolled through doubleheaders at Bennington and Ell-Saline last week, wrapping up league play with an 11-1 record to clinch a portion of the Heart of America league title for the first time in program history.
The Warrior bats were hot over the three-day span, combining for a total of 60 hits, including 24 doubles and six triples in four games, which were decided in a combined 15 innings.
?We had a good offensive week,? coach Roger Schroeder said. ?We did a very good job of not trying to do too much at the plate and staying with a good gap to gap approach. ?
Ell-Saline?Marion easily defeated the defend?ing Class 2-1A state champions Thurs?day. The Warriors used an 11-run fourth inning to blow open Game 1 en route to a 23-4 win.
In that inning, Bret Voth and Dylan Seacat knocked out triples, Caleb Williams, Luke Steele and Grif Case hit doubles, and Seacat, Case, Voth and Taylor Heidebrecht all singled. That was more than enough offense to end the game after four innings.
Heidebrecht was 4-for-4, including a triple and a double, and had one RBI. Seacat was 3-for-3, including a triple and a double, and drove in six runs. Voth was also 3-for-3, including a triple. Case was 4-for-5, including two doubles, and had four RBIs.
Case earned the pitching win, giving up six hits and four runs (three earned) over four innings. He walked no one and struck out seven batters.
Heidebrecht followed by pitching a no-hitter in a 13-0 shutout in Game 2. He struck out four batters and walked two in five innings.
Marion produced six runs in the opening inning, aided by singles by Heide?brecht and Zac Lewman, an RBI double by Case and an RBI triple by Voth.
From there, Marion scored two runs in the second and two in the third before polishing the run-rule victory with three runs in the fifth inning.
Case was 2-for-2, including a double, and had one RBI.Voth was 2-for-3 with three RBIs and had a triple and a double.
Bennington?Marion posted two run-rule victories Tuesday, 16-0 and 17-0.
The Warriors took control of Game 1 from the start with a 10-run first inning. Marion had seven hits in the inning, including a triple by Zach Robson, doubles by Taylor Heide?brecht and Grif Case, and singles by Case, Luke Steele, Bret Voth and Dylan Seacat.
Seacat was 2-for-2, with a double and three RBIs. Heidebrecht hit two doubles and was 2-for-2 with two RBIs, while Zac Lewman was 2-for-2 with a double.
Luke Steele was the winning pitcher. Over three innings, he gave up three hits and no runs while walking one batter and striking out five.
Marion picked up where it left off in Game 2, using an 11-run second inning to take control after scoring two runs in the opening inning. The Warriors knocked out nine doubles in the game, including six in the second inning.
Williams gave up only one hit in three innings of work on the mound. He walked no one and struck out four batters.
Heidebrecht was 4-for-4, including three doubles. He contributed two RBIs. Seacat was 3-for-3, including a double, and had three RBIs. Robson and Jacob Baldwin each drove in three runs on 2-for-2 hitting, while Lewman had two RBIs on 2-for-2 hitting.
Coming?Marion (17-1) was scheduled to conclude the regular season Tuesday against Halstead. The Warriors will host a Class 3A regional Monday and Tuesday. The field includes Belle Plaine, Halstead, Sedgwick, Wichita Colle?giate and Wichita Indepen?dent. The seedings will be posted at hillsborofreepress.com when they become available.