Lady Eagles earn share of conference title

May 23, 2019

by Aaron Michell
Sports Writer

Following sweeps of Mason County Eastern and Big Rapids Crossroads, the Marion Softball team earned a share of the West Michigan D League title on Wednesday, outscoring Walkerville 46-0 in the two-game set on senior night.

The Eagles took game one, 20-0.

Senior Hayle Miller led the way at the plate with two hits and three RBIs. Rylie Richards chipped in with two hits and three RBIs of her own, while Riley Kischnick added two hits and two RBIs. Ali Bell added a double, Teagan Cox a two-RBI single, while Payton Raymond laced a triple to lead off the game.

Raymond got the shutout on the mound, striking out five.

Marion Senior Hayle Miller with her family on senior night.

In game two, Miller pitched a perfect two innings, striking out two before being relieved to a senior night ovation. Richards completed the perfect game for the Eagles in relief.

Kischnick led the offense with a double and a two-RBI single. Aspen Lagrow also had two hits and two RBIs, while Bell and Richards added RBI singles. Lexi Bain chipped in with a double.

The Eagles [23-5 overall] took game two, 26-0. With their tenth straight win, they earned at least a share of the West Michigan D title.

On Thursday, May 16th, the Lady Eagles took care of business at home, defeating Mason County Eastern by the scores of 18-3, and 22-0, respectively. Richards led the way in game one, with two hits and an RBI. Lagrow, Cox, and Miller each added a hit and an RBI.

Raymond got the start in the opener, pitching the first inning without allowing an earned run. Richards came on in relief to get the win, striking out eight with no walks over three innings of work.

“We played a pretty solid game and where everyone on the team participated,” Marion coach Ryan Raymond said. ‘[Their] pitchers were having trouble hitting their marks, and we drew 17 walks along with some good hitting to extend our lead. We did practice good sportsmanship as the game could have been much worse.”

The Eagles took the opener 18-3.

They took game two, 22-0.

Raymond led the way in game two with a solo home run. Cox added a double and three RBIs, while Miller had a single and two RBIs. Lagrow added a single and an RBI, and Lyly Schwab chipped in with a hit and an RBI.

Miller went the distance for the Eagles, hurling a one-hit shutout.

On Monday, the Eagles welcomed Big Rapids Crossroads to town, sweeping the doubleheader 14-0, and 21-4, respectively.

Marion Softball team

Lagrow led the way for the Eagles in game one, going 4-4 with two doubles, a triple, and five RBIs. Raymond went 3-4 with two doubles and an RBI, while Richards went 2-2 with two RBIs. Kischnick added a double and a single, while Cox and Nicolette Maddox each contributed with a hit and an RBI.

Raymond got the win in the opener, tossing five innings of scoreless ball. She struck out five, while allowing only two hits.

“We played a sound game defensively, and had some really nice hitting and baserunning,” coach Raymond said. “Once again, all of the girls got [playing time]. In game two, we got off to a fast start offensively, loading the bases with our first three batters, with Teagan Cox hitting a grand slam home run. We never looked back from that point on.”

The Eagles took game two from the Cougars, 21-4.

Cox led the way with the grand slam, a single, and five RBIs. Lagrow went 3-4 with two RBIs, while Richards went 2-3 with three RBIs. Jersey Scott went 2-2 with an RBI, Miller 1-2 with an RBI, with Maddox and Bell each adding a hit and an RBI.

Miller got the win on the mound, pitching two innings and striking out four. Richards came on in relief to close out the win.

“Richards is starting to get back in the swing of things with another strong performance on the mound,” Raymond said.

Winning ten straight while earning a share of the conference title, the Eagles [23-5 overall] will look to keep their dominance going when they host districts on Friday, May 31st.

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