Warriors lose two to Council Grove

Kourtney Hansen lays the tag at second base to secure the first out on a Council Grove steal attempt in the bottom of the fourth inning of Game 2. Marion lost both games to the Braves to conclude the regular season with an overall record of 11-7.The Marion softball team lost its final two games of the regular season Tuesday at Council Grove to move to 11-7 on the season.

Council Grove—After splitting with the Braves earlier in the season, Marion lost both games of a doubleheader Tuesday. Each team needed to fill a game on the schedule and agreed to play a second time.

The Warriors lost Game 1, 14-4 in six innings.

Marion used three walks and an error to take a 1-0 lead after the first inning of play. After Council Grove scored twice in the second, Marion tied the game in the third, thanks to Kayla Kroupa’s RBI single.

But the Braves took the lead for good with a five-run fourth inning and earned the run-rule win by plating seven runs in the sixth.

Marion scored its final two runs in the top of the fifth. Two Warriors worked walks in the frame, and Kroupa hit her second RBI single of the game.

Kroupa was 2-for-2 at-bat and had two RBIs.

Felvus sustained the pitching loss.

Marion lost Game 2, 4-0.

The Warriors recorded three hits in the game, including a second-inning single by Elizabeth Meyer, a third-inning single by Taylor May, and a sixth-inning single by Kourtney Hansen.

“In Game 2, I asked them to be a little more aggressive,” coach Jennifer Felvus said. “Actually I felt like they made the adjustments of being more aggressive. I felt like we hit the ball hard, we just hit it right to them. Sometimes it just doesn’t go your way.”

Emily Hague started for the Warriors on the mound and sustained the pitching loss. Kayla Kroupa pitched in relief.

“Shelby’s still our No. 1,” Felvus said. “They were clearly all over her (in Game 1). Those were hits, not errors, so I had to make some adjustments. What we were playing there was strategy in trying to mix the speeds in what I had available.”

Inman—Marion was only able to complete one game in its final league doubleheader of the regular season. The Warriors nailed down a 15-0, run-rule win in three innings before significant weather put an end to play.

After using a pair of errors and a walk to score twice in the first inning, the Warriors plated 12 runs in the second inning.

The Warriors sent 17 batters to the plate, recording seven hits in the frame, and benefitting from six walks. Shelby Felvus hit a two-run double in the half-inning, while Elizabeth Meyer and Kourtney Hansen each hit two-run singles. By the time Inman got out of the inning, Marion led, 14-2.

“(We were) attacking the ball, expecting to hit the ball,” coach Jennifer Felvus said. “Just staying right there in the moment and attacking aggressively and assertively.”

The Warriors won in walk-off fashion thanks to Hansen’s third-inning RBI single.

Hansen was 2-for-2 at-bat and drove in three runs.

Felvus earned the pitching win. She scattered two hits over three scoreless innings of work while walking one batter and striking out three.

The victory improved Marion’s final Heart of America league record to 8-2, giving the Warriors a second-place finish to Ell-Saline.

Coming—Marion entered the Class 3A regional hosted by Southeast of Saline as the No. 3 seed with an 11-7 record.

Monday’s quarterfinal games were postponed to Tuesday because of weather. The Warriors were scheduled to host No. 6 Ellsworth (6-10) at 5:30 p.m. Additional teams in the field include No. 2 Riley County (14-6) hosting No. 7 Hesston (0-18), No. 4 Beloit (10-8) hosting No. 5 Minneapolis (8-10) and No. 1 Southeast of Saline (19-1) with a first-round bye.

Semifinal games and the championship will be hosted by Southeast of Saline.

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