MARION -- The Marion baseball team scored in every inning Thursday to short-game Cahokia 13-0 and remain undefeated in the South Seven Conference.
Brandon Osborne came off the bench and went 2-for-2 with three RBIs. Sean Burgess went 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBIs.
"I was in an 0-for-18 slump with 10 strikeouts, so my coaches gave me two days off to recover and get my mind back in it, and he gave me a chance today and made the most of it," Osborne said.
Marion (9-7, 5-0 South Seven) scored four runs in the first inning, four in the second, three in the third and two in the fourth.
"Sean and Brandon are our only two power hitters," said Marion coach Marty Manfredo. "When Sean hits it where it's pitched he's a darn good hitter."
Layne Alexander opened on the mound for the Wildcats and didn't give up a base runner over the first two innings striking out two.
Kurt Smith (1-0) pitched the next two innings pitching around a walk and two base hits. Brayden Simich mopped up pitching around a one-out single.
"Our last two kids hadn't many innings, so it was nice to get them in," Manfredo said. "It was also nice to get everybody some bats."
Cahokia (3-9, 0-4 South Seven) got into immediate trouble in the first by walking the first three batters to load the bases. Burgess hit a bloop single to drive in the first run and the Comanches center fielder dropped a fly ball off the bat of Justin Shadowens to plate the second.
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With the bases still loaded and no outs Braden White hit a high sacrifice fly to left to drive in the third run. The fourth scored when the catcher overthrew third trying to pick off Burgess.
Chism (0-3) walked the first two batters in the second and was relieved by Edward Dominguez, who got the first out on a pop fly to short. Goodman then grounded out to drive in a run.
Back-to-back triples by Burgess and Shadowens plated two more runs. After White walked Jordan Evans singled up the middle to up the lead to 8-0.
Smith led off the third inning with a base hit, and after Alexander walked, Osborne hit a high fly ball that eluded the right fielder to drive in a run. One out later, Alexander scored on a sacrifice fly by Aaron Farthing and Osborne scored on a line drive to right center by Hunter Milligan.
Trenton Dierkes opened the fourth with a double and with two outs Alexander singled. Osborne cleared the bases with a double to the right field fence.
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