Marion softball goes undefeated on the week
The Marion softball team enjoyed a 4-0 week with doubleheader sweeps of Sedgwick and Bennington.
Sedgwick—Marion outscored the Cardinals 33-3 in two games Friday, recording 27 hits to Sedgwick’s nine.
“Against Sedgwick we got the hits when needed,” coach Judy Noller said. “We only left five on base combined for both games.”
Marion won Game 1, 13-3 in five innings.
Sedgwick scored first with one run in the opening inning, but Marion plated two runs in the bottom half of the inning to take the lead.
Sedgwick, however, reclaimed the advantage with two runs in the top of the third, before Marion gained the lead for good by plating three runs in the bottom half of the inning. Six runs in the fourth and two in the fifth solidified the Warriors’ run-rule win.
Marion recorded 14 hits and committed five errors. Laura Savage was 3-for-4 at-bat, including two home runs, and had six RBIs. Jayden May was 3-for-3, including two doubles, and had one RBI.
Grace Overton (4-2) was the winning pitcher. In five innings, she gave up seven hits and three runs (one earned). She walked no one and struck out two batters.
Marion won Game 2, 20-0 in three innings. The Warriors scored all 20 runs in the opening inning, recording 13 hits and benefitting from eight walks in the game.
Sedgwick committed five errors.
Chloe Burkholder was 3-for-3 at-bat. Three Warriors were 2-for-2: Laura Savage, Chisholm Waner and Jayden May. Each had two RBIs. Corrina Crabb was 2-for-4 and had two RBIs. Savage hit two doubles. May and Waner each recorded one double.
Waner (5-3) was the winning pitcher. She scattered two hits over three scoreless innings of work, walking one batter and striking out four.
Bennington—Marion swept the Bulldogs Tuesday.
The Warriors won Game 1, 14-6, despite committing four errors.
Marion never trailed, scoring three runs in the first inning, four in the second, and two in the third to build a 9-1 lead through three innings.
Bennington scored two runs in the fourth inning, then each team scored two runs in the fifth to make it 11-5. Bennington scored its final run in the sixth, then Marion added three final runs in the seventh.
The Warriors recorded 13 hits, led by Laura Savage, who was 4-for-5 at-bat, including a triple, and had seven RBIs. Chisholm Waner was 2-for-3, including a double, and had one RBI. Tori Shults was 2-for-5 and had three RBIs.
Grace Overton (3-2) went the distance to earn the pitching win. In seven innings, she gave up six hits and six runs (three earned). She walked seven batters and struck out eight.
Marion won Game 2, 10-6.
The Warriors put a single tally in the opening frame, but Bennington tied the game in the bottom of the second. Marion scored two runs in the third, but Bennington took the lead, 4-3, with a three-run bottom of the third.
Marion plated one run in each of the fourth, fifth and sixth innings, then outscored Bennington, 4-2, in the seventh inning to claim the win.
The Warriors recorded 17 hits. Jayden May was 4-for-5 at-bat, including a triple and a double, and had two RBIs. Tori Shults was also 4-for-5 and had one RBI. Chloe Burkholder was 3-for-4 and had one RBI. Chisholm Waner was 2-for-4, including a double, and had three RBIs.
Waner (4-3) earned the pitching win, scattering 10 hits and six runs (five earned) in seven innings of work. She walked four batters and struck out four.
“Against Bennington we just struggled to get those timely hits, especially in Game 2,” coach Judy Noller said. “The biggest inning we had in Game 2 was the seventh inning when we put up four. Both Game 1 and Game 2 we left 10 runners on base.”
Coming—Marion (9-5, 8-2) was scheduled to host Sterling Tuesday and will travel to Ell-Saline Friday.