It was a long, rollercoaster night for Marion softball. What counts, however, is that it ended in two victories.
The Warriors fell behind to Sedgwick in their first league game of the season, but came back to tie the game at 5-5 heading into the final inning. They scored the winning run to take the first game 6-5.
Sedgwick jumped all over Marion in the next game, however, sprinting to an 8-0 lead in the top of the first.
Marion wouldn’t settle for a split, however, battling back to take the lead in the third inning thanks to crafty baserunning and timely hitting.
“There is no lack of fight on this team, they just don’t give up,” head coach Jennifer Felvus said.
From there, Marion kept its momentum going all the way to a 19-10 lead in the sixth inning. Marion again smacked in a walkoff winner, albeit this one to clinch a 10-run-rule victory at 20-10.
Felvus said the bats “aren’t where I expect them to be,” but was pleased nonetheless with the team’s persistent effort.
“They’re just willing themselves to win, that’s exactly what it is,” Felvus said. “And I’m all for that, though we could do it in a little simpler fashion, but it all comes down to will and guts at that point.”
Marion is 2-0 in league play and 2-2 overall. It will play a home doubleheader Friday against Bennington.