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Giants' bats earn NCC win over Muncie Central

GIANTS: Maliki Newsome is on his way around third base in the fifth inning to score a run for Marion in the Giants' 12-2, five-inning win over NCC-rival Muncie Central Monday evening at Art Caldwell Field.

BY SCOTT HUNT - shunt@chronicle-tribune.com

The Marion baseball team is having fun these days. Winning games seems to do that for teams.

The Giants pounded out 11 hits on Monday evening at Art Caldwell Field and seven different players drove in at least one run as Marion picked up a 12-2 (5 inning) win over North Central Conference rival Muncie Central.

"We are having fun. Everybody is loose," said Marion coach Mark Fagan. "When you win you have a little bit more fun."

The Giants have shown improved play in all facets of the game through the early portion of the season and the win over the Bearcats gave Marion was number six, just two shy from reaching last season's eight win total.

Kyree Simmons started on the mound for Marion and pitched three innings without allowing a hit while striking out six and walking two. In an attempt to manage innings for his pitching staff, Fagan brought in Logan Wagner in the fourth, who was able to record only one out while allowing Muncie's only hit and both runs before Riley Russell finished off the final 1.2 innings in relief.

Marion has four more NCC games this week starting today at 5:30 p.m. at home against Anderson.

 

"I was happy with the way Kyree came out and pitched. I might have took him out one inning too early throwing in Logan. I wanted to see what he had," Fagan said. "I also wanted to keep Kyrie available for Wednesday playing (at) Anderson. We hit the ball hard.

Wagner went 2-for-3 at the plate with a double and three RBIs to lead Marion's offense. Dylan Meyer and Anthony Reynolds also had two hits each. Reynolds scored three times and drove in two while Meyer scored twice and drove in a run as well. Tyras Brown doubled and drove in two runs for the Giants. Ethan Dixon and Dre Aguilar each had an RBI and Broc Allgood scored two runs.

Reynolds and Wagner hit back-to-back doubles to lead off the Giants' first inning and account for the games first run. 

Marion then sent 10 batters to the plate in the second and scored six times to move in front, 7-0. The Bearcats scored both of their runs in the fourth and the Giants' added a run in the fifth before sending seven batters to the plate in the fifth and scoring four runs to end the game without Muncie Central recording an out.

The Giants also stole six bases, two each from Allgood and D'Angelo Jones, and played flawless defense in the field.

"In years past we haven't been very good defensively and that's one of the things we did work on through the winter," Fagan said. "We've got 10 seniors and we should be able to make some plays and do the routine stuff."

Marion (6-4-2) plays a home and home series with Anderson today and Wednesday then hosts Indianapolis Tech for a doubleheader on Saturday.