Eagles earn second straight district title

June 6, 2019

By Aaron Michell

Going into the 2019 season, the Marion softball team set some lofty goals.
Two of their goals were to win the West Michigan D League conference title and to win another district crown.

Check, and check.

The Marion Softball team are now the Conference and District Champions.

With a 9-3 victory over the Mesick Bulldogs on Friday, the Lady Eagles took their second consecutive district championship – and they did it in front of their hometown fans at Marion High School.

“We knew going into it that this would be a dog fight,” said Marion coach Ryan Raymond. “[Mesick] has a very solid team and good pitching to boot.”
A scoreless game after two innings, Mesick got on the board first in the bottom of the third to take a 1-0 lead.

In the top of the fourth, senior Hayle Miller led off with a base hit. She stole second and third on the next two pitches while teammate Nicolette Maddox – after falling behind 0-2 in the count – drew a walk. Junior Riley Kischnick followed with a two RBI single to give the Eagles the 2-1 lead.
In the top of the fifth, the bottom of the Eagles batting order took over.

Aspen Lagrow led off the inning with a base hit, and Maddox and Lyly Schwab drew walks to load the bases. Payton Raymond drove in Lagrow and Maddox with a two RBI double, and freshman Jersey Scott cleared the bases with a two RBI single. Rylie Richards then scored Scott with a triple to give the Eagles a 7-1 lead.

It was a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

Payton Raymond kept the Bulldog hitters at bay all evening, throwing the complete game victory. Raymond gave up two earned runs on seven hits while striking out seven and walking two.

“We had plenty of difficult situations to work through defensively,” coach Raymond said. “Having base runners on and no outs. We seemed to rise up to each situation and stifle any run scoring attempts they had. And this was a complete, team effort. Everyone had a huge impact on the game.”

The Eagles (24-5) will host McBain on Thursday in non-conference action, before heading to Holton to take on Onekama in the regional semifinal on Saturday at 10 am. The winner of that game will play the winner of Holton and Frankfort in the Regional Championship.

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