The Marion baseball team won three of four games last week to improve to 5-1 in Heart of America league play, 6-4 overall.
Ell-Saline—Marion swept the Cardinals in two run-rule, five-inning victories Friday.
The Warriors won Game 1, 10-0.
Nathan Baldwin pitched a one-hit, complete-game shutout to earn the win. He walked five batters and struck out nine.
Marion plated run support for him early, scoring twice in the opening inning on Peyton Heidebrecht’s two-run single.
The Warriors built their lead with a four-run third inning, highlighted by Jacob Vondenkamp’s three-RBI triple—and nailed down the run-rule win by scoring four more in the fifth. Marion used three hits and an error in the frame and walked off after Heidebrecht drove in the winning two runs with a single.
Heidebrecht was 3-for-3 at-bat and had four RBIs.
Marion won the nightcap, 11-1.
Peyton Heidebrecht went the distance on the mound, scattering two hits and one earned run over five innings of work. He walked five batters and struck out three.
Offensively, Marion piled on runs in the opening inning, using five hits and two errors to score eight in the frame. Corbin Wheeler and Jacob Vondenkamp each recorded two-run singles in the half-inning. Marion sent 13 batters to the plate in the frame.
Each team scored once in the third inning, before the Warriors secured the run-rule win by scoring twice in the fifth. Vondenkamp drove in a run with a double, and the Warriors walked off after Wesley Dicks hit an RBI single.
Vondenkamp was 2-for-3 at-bat and had three RBIs.
“We didn’t play outstanding by any means, but we’re going in the right direction,” coach Roger Schroeder said. “We’re putting the ball in play. We’re not striking out a ton. We’ve really cut that down this last week. In the field, we played a clean game.”
Council Grove—The Warriors earned a split with the team that eliminated them in a 2-1, nine-inning game in last year’s regional semifinals.
Marion earned a 16-5, run-rule victory in Game 1.
Dylan Pippin (2-1) went the distance, settling in after giving up three hits and three runs in the first inning. He scattered five hits over the next four. In all, he gave up five runs (two earned), while walking no one and striking out two batters.
After Council Grove jumped on Pippin in the opening inning, Marion’s offense backed him up by tying the game in the frame and adding three runs in the second inning to take the lead for good.
The Warriors broke the game open with a seven-run third inning, sending 13 batters to the plate and recording six hits.
Dylan Deines keyed the frame with a two-run home run. When the dust settled, Marion led, 13-3.
Marion added three runs in the fourth; Council Grove scored twice in the fifth.
Marion recorded 16 hits. Vondenkamp was 3-for-3 at-bat and had one RBI. Srajer and Pedersen were 3-for-4.
“We did such a good job of working at the plate to put the barrel on the ball and put it in play,” Schroeder said. “We were doing it early in the count. There wasn’t really any breathing room for them.”
The Warrior bats went silent in a 13-2 loss in the nightcap.
Council Grove built a 4-0 lead through three innings and broke the game open by scoring six runs off five hits and three errors in the top of the sixth. The Braves scored three more in the seventh.
The Warriors scored in the sixth, thanks to a leadoff walk and a pair of hit batters.
Corbin Wheeler and Cole Srajer accounted for Marion’s two hits. The Warriors failed to make adjustments at the plate, Schroeder said, emphasizing the importance of taking quality swings. Marion suffered seven one-pitch outs.
“I felt like we were riding high on having success in Game 1 by being aggressive, and so we thought all we have to do is be aggressive and the results are going to come,” he said. “You still have to have a purpose and a plan, and we got away from it in Game 2.”
Wheeler (0-2) sustained the pitching loss. In six innings, he gave up 11 hits and 10 runs (six earned). He walked two batters and struck out no one.
Coming—Marion will play at Hillsboro Friday. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.