Warriors power to 4-0 start



The Marion baseball team swept a strong Moundridge team Friday to get them off to a 4-0 start for the season.

The wins came after Marion swept Herington March 27 by a combined 28 runs.

?It?s always good to get the season started with a few wins, but to get two league wins over a quality team like Moundridge was huge,? coach Roger Schroeder said. ?It?s still early, but it puts us in a good position to accomplish a season goal of ours, which is to win the HOA league.?

Moundridge?The Warriors won Game 1 by a 5-3 score, breaking a 3-3 tie with two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Ethan Hett hit a two-run single in the first inning to put Marion on the board. Cole Lewman added an RBI and Taylor Heidebrecht scored a run and chipped in an RBI.

?We did an excellent job of manufacturing a couple of runs in the fifth inning to take the lead back,? coach Roger Schroeder said.

Austin Pederson pitched four innings for Marion, allowing three hits and two earned runs while striking out seven.

Heidebrecht came in to pitch the fifth inning. He allowed two hits, one earned run and struck out two. Grif Case finished the game with two shutout innings and three strikeouts.

?Austin did a good job on the mound pitching in and out of trouble early in the game,? Schroeder said. ?(Heidebrecht) did a good job throwing strikes and was able to work out of a jam and only give up one run to keep us in it.?

In Game 2, the Wildcats got off to a quick 4-2 lead in the first three innings, but thanks to a three-run sixth inning Marion walked away with a 6-4 victory.

Jacob Harper led the Warriors with three RBIs and scored a run. Lewman and Bret Voth each added an RBI.

?We were able to cash in on an opportunity in the sixth inning on a big two-out, two-run double by Jacob Harper,? Schroeder said. ?Freshman Bret Voth followed that with an RBI single to extend the lead.?

Ethan Hett earned the win, pitching 32?3 innings and allowing one hit and no runs while striking out six. Harper started for Marion, allowing three hits and four runs while striking out five in 31?3 innings.

?We kicked the ball around a little bit to start, and that made Jacob throw a lot of extra pitches early on,? Schroeder said. ?He did a good job of keeping us in the game, and Ethan came in and threw the ball very well in the second half of the game to earn the win.?

Herington?Marion took care of business against an overmatched Herington team.

In Game 1, the Warriors scored three-runs in the second inning, then added four in the last inning for the 7-0 victory.

Taylor Heidebrecht was 3-for-4 from the plate and had two RBIs. Grif Case added two RBIs and scored three runs.

Ethan Hett earned the win, pitching six no-hit innings while striking out 10. Jacob Harper pitched the final inning.

?Good pitching, good defense and some timely hitting,?coach Roger Schroeder said. ?That?s the way we are going to win ball games, and we were able to do that in this game.

?Ethan was sharp for his first outing of the season, and Taylor really set the pace for us at the plate.?

The Warriors blew past Herington in Game 2, 21-0 in three innings. Marion put up six runs in each of the first two innings, then blew the game open with nine runs in the third.

Heidebrecht scored two runs and drove in one. Freshman Bret Voth had an exceptional debut showing with three runs scored and five RBIs. Hett added three RBIs to the mix.

Case pitched all three innings for the win, allowing no hits while striking out seven.

?(Case) was a bit wild to start, but settled in and was able to stay composed while we had a few big innings at the plate,? Schroeder said.

?Herington struggled to throw strikes and gave us a lot of free bases. When they did find the zone, we did a good job of finding the barrel and creating some action.

?It?s always good to get the season started on the right foot and I feel like we did that today.?

Coming ?Marion was scheduled to travel to Little River April 3 before hosting Canton-Galva April 10.

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