An offensive barrage, combined with a strong outing from senior Kyree Simmons, carried the Marion Giants on Monday evening at Art Caldwell Field, as they defeated conference foe Muncie Central by a score of 12-2 in five innings.
The Giants led from start to finish, scoring one run in the first inning before exploding for six runs in the second inning to take control of the contest. After the Bearcats answered with two tallies of their own in the top of the fourth inning, the Giants scored five unanswered runs, including four in the bottom of the fifth to end the game via the mercy-rule.
Simmons was stellar in his three innings, allowing zero hits and zero runs while striking out six.
Logan Wagner went 2-for-3 with three RBI and a run scored, while Anthony Reynolds and Dylan Meyer also came away with two hits. Tyras Brown drove in two runs on one hit, while Meyer, Dre Aguilar, AJ Mitchener, and Ethan Dixon also recorded an RBI each for Marion.
“It was a good NCC win,” Marion Head Coach Mark Fagan said. “Kyree Simmons came out and threw the ball extremely well for us. We scored six in the six – really hit the ball well that inning. Quite a few kids came to the plate tonight with a little more of an attitude. We hit more line drives instead of the pop-ups we had been hitting the past few [games.] We hit the ball hard, and when you do that, you can score some runs.”