MARION — Marion opened Sunday’s American Legion baseball action at Ray Fosse Park by hanging on to beat Carrier Mills, 8-6, in a game that began three days ago and finished by losing the regularly scheduled game, 6-2.
“I was disappointed by the effort today,” said Marion Post 147 coach Greg Haub. “We had makeshift lineup because some of the guys couldn’t be here and had some defensive lapses that almost cost us the continuation game, Three errors and other lapses gave them everything they needed in the second game.”
The regularly scheduled game began with Carrier Mills Post 364 taking a 3-0 lead by scoring two runs in the first on a Grant Montgomery wild pitch and a double play and one in the second on a balk by Garrett Marks.
Daron Betz (1-0) made his Legion pitching debut a successful one, giving up a run on five hits. Dalton Huckelberry picked up his first save, pitching the final three innings.
“About half our starters are not here, so I told Daron and Dalton we would have to get two or three good innings out of each of them in the second game and they came through,” said Carrier Mills coach Dave Betz.
The first game was the continuation of the five-inning second game of a doubleheader played in Carrier Mills on Thursday. Carrier Mills had won the first game, 12-1, and Marion (7-8) was leading, 3-1, when the game was suspended after the lights went out.