Brethren blanks Marion in district finals

June 6, 2019

by Ben Murphy
Sports Writer

The Marion baseball team wasn’t able to solve a strong Brethren team on Monday. The Eagles, hosting the Bearcats in a division four district title game that was delayed two days because of weather, fell 16-0 in five innings.

“We ran into a buzzsaw, Brethren is state ranked and they showed it,” head coach Chad Grundy said. “We just couldn’t get out of the first inning. We made a couple errors and had a couple walks and they just hit the ball all over the place.”

Brethren plated 12 runs in the first inning to place the Eagles in an early hole.

“Chase Seeley came into the game to pitch in the first to get us out of the inning and then pitched the next four innings and did a nice job of keeping them off balance and limiting them to four runs,” Grundy said.

The Eagles opened the day with an 8-3 win over Manistee Catholic Central. Jon Stahl picked up the win, pitching four innings and giving up two earned runs on five this and six strikeouts. Brandon Stewart tossed the final three innings to get the save, giving up no hits and striking out six.

Seeley also had two hits on offense, with Stewart, Billy Jenema, Thomas Jenema, Riley Moggo and Keegan Baldwin adding one hit apiece.

“I thought we played really well in this game and Jon and Brandon both pitched great and we played good defense,” Grundy said.

The Eagles graduate seniors Billy Jenema, Ryder Hall, Jon Stahl and Aziz Alfouzan.

“Jenema was our first baseman and was a great leader all season, batting over .450 with two home runs and 30 RBI,” Grundy said. “Hall played center field and we will miss the speed he provided this season along with a home run against Mesick. Stahl was a pitcher and third baseman who won six games this season and could be counted on to throw strikes whenever we needed it. I will miss his love of baseball. Alfouzan was our foreign exchange student from Saudi Arabia, he came out for baseball having never played before but greatly improved as the season went on and did a great job for us when called upon. He was extremely proud of getting hit by pitches. He was hit five times during the season and always said ‘I’ll wear it’.”

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