Warriors win big in opener

Luke Steele fires a pitch during Game 1 at Herington Tuesday. Steele was winning pitcher in Marion?s 22-2 victory. Over four innings, he allowed one hit and no runs while walking one batter and striking out six.The Marion baseball team opened the season in convincing fashion with a doubleheader sweep at Herington Tuesday.

?We were able to build large leads in both games and that gave us the opportunity to get some of our younger kids into the game,? coach Roger Schroeder said. ?Our starters did a very good job after the first few at-bats of the first game by making adjustments at the plate and not trying to do too much.

?We forced their pitchers to throw strikes, and that proved to be very challenging. We did a good job of not expanding the zone, and when we did get pitches to hit, we made them count.?

Marion won Game 1, 22-2, in five innings.

After a scoreless first inning, it was all Marion the next three innings.

The Warriors? first six batters of the second inning scored runs, aided by a single by Bret Voth, two errors, an RBI single by Zach Robson, an RBI double by Taylor Heidebrecht and a two-RBI double by Dylan Seacat.

The third inning was more of the same, as Marion managed five runs on three hits?RBI singles by Grif Case and Luke Steele and a two-RBI double by Caleb Williams.

Marion added three runs in the fourth inning and eight in the fifth before Herington got on the board with two runs in the bottom half of the inning.

Peyton Heidebrecht was 2-for-2 at-bat, including a double, and had one RBI; Taylor Heidebrecht was 2-for-3, including a double, and had one RBI; and Steele was 2-for-3 with three RBIs. Seacat and Williams also hit doubles.

Steele (1-0) was winning pitcher. Over four innings, he allowed one hit and no runs while walking one batter and striking out six.

Marion followed with a 16-0 shutout in three innings in Game 2.

The Warriors scored six runs in the first inning, which was highlighted by a Seacat triple and a three-RBI triple by Jacob Baldwin.

Marion blew the game open with a nine-run second inning, in which the first nine Warrior batters scored. The half inning included a single by Steele, a two-RBI single by Zac Lewman, a three-RBI double by Taylor Heidebrecht, an RBI double by Seacat, and an RBI single by Williams.

The Warriors added a final run in the third.

Seacat was 2-for-2, including a double and triple, and had one RBI; Lewman was 1-for-1 with three RBIs; Baldwin hit a triple and had three RBIs; and Taylor Heidebrecht was 2-for-3, including a double and had three RBIs.

Taylor Heidebrecht (1-0) threw a no-hitter. Over three innings, he walked one batter and struck out seven to earn the win.

Coming?Marion was scheduled to host Little River Tuesday and will travel to Moundridge Friday for a doubleheader beginning at 4:30 p.m.

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