The Marion softball team lost two games at Council Grove Tuesday in a twinbill that left coach Jennifer Felvus looking for ways to describe the Warriors? struggles.
?I really cannot put a finger on what challenged us at Council Grove,? she said. ?We could’ve played much better; it was far from our potential. It was an off night in a lot of ways, and we are moving forward.
?On the flip side, Shayla Kline had?a great night in Council Grove, and I am looking forward to her maintaining that momentum.?
Marion lost Game 1, 13-3, in five innings.
The Braves scored five runs in the first inning to take control early.
Marion plated a run in the top of the second. Bailey Robson reached base on a walk to lead off the inning, and Marion was aided by a pair of errors.
But the Braves benefitted from a three-run home run in the bottom half of the inning and followed with another run in the third inning to lead, 9-1.
The Warriors countered with a pair of runs in the fourth inning. Paige May led off with a single, and with one out, Shelby Felvus was hit by a pitch. Shayla Kline later hit a two-out, two-RBI single to bring them home.
Council Grove scored one run in the fourth, and claimed the run-rule victory by plating three runs in the fifth.
Kline was 2-for-2 at-bat and had two RBIs. Paige May was 2-for-3.
Shelby Felvus absorbed the pitching loss. Over four innings, she gave up eight hits and 13 runs (seven earned). She walked seven batters and struck out one.
Marion followed with a 10-4 loss in Game 2.
After a scoreless first inning, Council Grove plated three runs in the second to take the lead. Marion got on the board with a run in the third inning, which was highlighted by a Shelby Felvus double and a Sam Davies RBI single.
The Braves added a run to lead, 4-1, through three.
Marion narrowed the gap by scoring a second run in the top of the fourth. Kayla Kroupa led off with a triple and Elizabeth Meyer drove her home with a single. In all, Marion had four hits in the frame, but the Warriors stranded three on base.
The Braves continued to score, plating three runs in the bottom half of the inning to lead, 7-2.
After a scoreless fifth inning, Marion added a pair of runs in the sixth, aided by singles by Reann Hamm and Shelby Felvus, and an error.
Council Grove scored three runs in the bottom half of the inning and held Marion scoreless in the seventh to claim the win.
Hamm was 2-for-3 at-bat. Felvus was 2-for-4 and had two RBIs.
Emily Hague absorbed the pitching loss. In six innings, she gave up six hits and 10 runs (seven earned). She walked 10 batters and struck out two.
Coming?Friday?s games at Ell-Saline were postponed. The Warriors (4-0, 4-4) were slated to host Hutchinson Trinity Tuesday. Marion will play at Ell-Saline Friday.