Lineup moves pay dividends
Marion baseball Head Coach Roger Schroeder changed around his lineup on Tuesday. Although he wanted to deflect any credit for the decision, the changes worked to the tune of 10-3 and 12-0 wins against Bennington.
The impotence for those moves was to get first baseman Taylor Heidebrecht, who has been raking this season, into a position where he is hitting with runners on base. He went from lead off to third in the lineup. In game one, he had a double that scored Luke Steele. He broke out in game two, going 3-for-3 with a triple, double, and three runs.
“Some guys see their name next to the three or four spots and think I have to become this jungle masher,” Schroeder said. “He’s a good enough hitter to handle that. He’s still guaranteed to bat in the first inning; the difference between one and three is pretty slim.”
Among other moves was Zach Robson ascending several positions to the two hole. This moved Austin Pedersen and Caleb Williams down to six and seven respectively. In game one, Williams went 3-for-3 with three runs. He followed up that performance by going 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Pedersen went 3-for-4 with a run and three RBIs and then went 1-for-1 in game two with a triple off the right field fence.
Seacat moved up a spot to hit lead off and went 2-for-2 in game two with three runs and an RBI. Brett Voth, who Schroeder has tried to get in the lineup, went 2-for-3 with two RBIs.
“He’s a very versatile hitter,” Schroeder said.