Marion baseball falls at Council Grove

The Marion baseball team lost two games at Council Grove Tuesday.

The Warriors lost Game 1, 7-1.

Council Grove relied on senior pitcher Lane Fleming, a first-team, all-state selection last year, who took control of the game.

?(Fleming) worked quickly, commanded the zone,? coach Roger Schroeder said. ?We were just never able to get him out of rhythm.?

Schroeder said Marion?s inexperience was evident in many of the Warriors? at-bats.

?We allowed (Fleming) to dictate the pace all game long,? he said. ?Outside of a very good at-bat by Jacob Baldwin in the first, we let him stick it right up our nose.?

Baldwin put Marion on the board early with a solo home run in the first inning.

But the Braves tagged starter Dylan Pippin for four hits and five runs in the frame and also benefitted from an error to stake a 5-1 lead.

Three scoreless innings followed before Council Grove plated a pair of runs on Fleming?s two-run home run in the fifth inning, which was all the offense the Braves needed.

The Warriors struggled defensively, especially early in the game.

?It was a 5-1 game after an inning, and if we read a ball correctly in the outfield and don?t miss-play and then throw away a ball in the infield, we are looking at a 2-1 game and the complexion of the game changes dramatically,? Schroeder said. ?But when you are playing catch-up from the start, it makes it hard on a team like ours.?

Marion tallied six hits, led by Baldwin, who was 2-for-3 at-bat.

Pippin (0-2) absorbed the pitching loss. Over five innings, he gave up eight hits and seven runs (six earned). He walked two batters and struck out two.

Marion followed with a 13-0 loss in five innings in Game 2.

The Warriors managed just one hit?a third-inning single by Dakota Stimpson.

Council Grove, meanwhile, scored three runs on two hits and an error in the first inning, plated five runs on five hits and an error in the second, added a pair of runs on three hits in the third, and polished the run-rule win with three runs on two hits in the fourth.

Jacob Baldwin (1-1) absorbed the pitching loss.

?Our starter, Jacob Baldwin, didn?t make it out of the first inning due to an arm injury, and we were fighting uphill all night again just as we did in Game 1,? Schroeder said. ?Lack of discipline at the plate carried over and so did our mistakes in the field. You can?t give a team of Council Grove?s caliber as many opportunities as we did.?

Coming?Rain postponed Friday?s scheduled games at Ell-Saline. The Warriors (2-2, 4-4) were scheduled to resume play Tuesday against Remington.

Marion will host a triangular with Ell-Saline and Hillsboro Friday. The Warriors will face Ell-Saline at 3 p.m. Hillsboro and Ell-Saline will play at 5 p.m. Marion will then play Hillsboro at 7 p.m.