Eagles sweep Crossroads, split with Baldwin

May 23, 2019

by Aaron Michell
Sports Writer

After sweeping Baldwin on Friday, the Marion baseball team split with Big Rapids Crossroads on Monday, falling 5-4 in the opener before bouncing back with a 17-3 win in game two.

Chase Seeley and Jon Stahl led the way at the plate in the opener with two hits apiece. Keegan Baldwin, Brandon Stewart, and Thomas Jenema each added a hit.

Jenema took the loss on the mound for the Eagles, despite only allowing one earned run. Stewart came on in relief to pitch two scoreless innings, striking out four.

“Thomas pitched really well, but we gave up four unearned runs,” said Marion coach Chad Grundy. “We had the tying run on third with one out in the sixth but couldn’t get him home.

The Eagles left eight runners stranded in scoring position in the 5-4 loss.
In game two, Seeley pitched five innings of solid ball to lead Marion to the 17-3 win.

“Chase did a great job,” Grundy said. “He was very efficient and pitched his best game of the year.”

The Eagles scored five runs in the third inning before exploding for nine more runs in the fifth to put the game away.

Jenema and Riley Moggo led the way at the plate with three hits and three RBIs apiece. Stewart added three hits, while Alex Sutten had two hits and two RBIs. Blaine Faulman added a hit and an RBI.

“We played better in game two, but still made a few fielding mistakes,” Grundy said. “We left ten runs on base, but I liked our aggressiveness at the plate, and we made the plays when we had to.”

On Friday, Marion won a pair of nail-biters, sweeping Baldwin 4-3 and 9-8, respectively.

Stahl got the win in the opener, going the distance while allowing seven hits and one earned run. Stahl struck out five and gave up one walk.
“Game one was a well-played game by both teams,” Grundy said. “I thought we hit the ball hard all game long, but everything was right at their fielders.”

Chase Ryan led the way at the plate for Marion, collecting two hits. Seeley added a double, while Stahl, Thomas Jenema, and Billy Jenema each added a hit.

Marion took game one, 4-3.

In game two, the Eagles found themselves down 7-1 going into the fifth inning. The Eagles batted around in the inning, putting eight runs on the board to take the lead.

Freshman Keegan Baldwin gave the Eagles a lift with a pinch hit single to lead off the inning.

“We were looking for a spark offensively, and called on Keegan to pinch hit,” Grundy said. “He led off with a single and things got going from there.”

Stahl got the win on the mound again in game two.

“We started the game slow and we had trouble throwing strikes,” Grundy said. “We brought Stahl back in to pitch and he calmed things down and kept us in the game.”

Ryan led the way with four hits in game two for the Eagles, while Seeley, Moggo, and Stewart each collected three. Stahl finished with two hits.

Sutten came on in relief with a 1-2-3 sixth inning to get the save for Marion.
The Eagles took game two, 9-8.

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