Marmaton Valley girls win, boys lose against Oswego

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

Rain made the home baseball and softball fields too wet to play on so Marmaton Valley High’s Wildcat teams found a solution.
The teams from Moran came to Iola and played their Three Rivers League games against Oswego High’s Indians on the Allen County Community College fields.
“The girls were excited about playing on the Allen County field. They really liked it,” said Brenda Mills, MVHS softball head coach.
Boy, did they. Marmaton Valley’s Wildcat girls recorded their first two wins of the season Thursday.
The Wildcats defeated Oswego 11-3 and 9-3.
Marmaton Valley’s boys weren’t as fortunate. The Indians edged the Wildcats 5-4 in the first game and 12-1 in the second contest.
“We got our bats going and made plays in the infield and outfield in both games,” Mills said.
The Wildcat girls im-proved to 2-4 in TRL play and 2-9 overall.
Oswego led 1-0 in the first game until Marmaton Valley scored four runs in the third inning. The Wildcats never looked back, scoring two more in the fourth, one in the fifth then another four runs in the sixth.
Shelby Norman allowed six hits, walked six and hit two batters in the opener. She notched nine strikeouts.
Jamee McEndree cranked out a home run, a double and two singles for Marmaton Valley. Norman hit a triple and two singles while Sydney Hale and Maggie Miewes each had three singles.
Cheyanne Miller had two base hits. Alisa Stroud and Johanna Northcutt each had a single.
Marmaton Valley’s girls fell behind 3-0 in the second game. But gained the lead on a seven-run third inning and scored two more runs in the fifth.
Norman and the Wildcats did not give up another run after the third. She got the win as she struck out eight, allowed six hits and walked two batters.
Norman also led the Wildcat offense with two singles and a double. Tiffany Dudley and Miewes each had a double and McEndree tripled. Northcutt, Alyssa Stewart and Morgan Henry each had a single.
“We really appreciate the college for allowing our teams to play on its fields,” said Mike McEwan, Marmaton Valley High athletic director. “The college got the fields ready and our kids got to play games instead of having to reschedule yet another set of games.”

ON THE BASEBALL field, there was a pattern to both games. No scoring until late in the contests.
Marmaton Valley and Oswego did not score any runs until the fifth inning of their first game. The Wildcats plated two runs in the bottom of inning to lead.
In the sixth inning, the Indians produced three runs for a 3-2 advantage. They were ahead 5-2 as the Wildcats came to bat in the bottom of the seventh. Marmaton Valley’s comeback was stopped one run short as it lost 5-4.
Ethan Ericson started on the mound for Marmaton Valley and went 51⁄3 innings. He was charged with three runs on three hits and four walks plus he struck out eight.
Garret Ericson pitched 12⁄3 innings in relief. He gave up two runs on one hit and one walk and had five strikeouts.
Tom Stinnett and E. Ericson each had two singles for the Wildcats. Logan Booth doubled while Tanner Lewis and Jared Maley had one single each.
Second game was same as the first.
This time Oswego opened the scoring with a run in the fifth. The Indians added four in the sixth then seven more in the seventh for a 12-0 lead.
Marmaton Valley got its run in the bottom of the seventh.
“We pitched very well and had little backup in the field,” said Derek Scharff, MVHS baseball head coach.
“We fielded well at times but had about one inning per game that gave it away.”
Garret Ericson started and worked five innings, giving up one run on two hits. He struck out seven.
Lewis, Booth and Derrick Carr pitched in relief. They allowed 11 runs on seven hits and six walks. Seven of the runs were unearned.
Stinnett and Maley each had two singles in the game for the Cats. Ryan Stephens hit a double. E. Ericson, Ben Biggs and Carr had a single each.
The MVHS teams have makeup games with Altoona-Midway Monday.