Behind a remarkable pitching performance from Ethan Dixon and a strong defensive effort behind him, the Marion Giants won their first sectional game in over a decade, shutting out the Norwell Knights, 2-0, on Wednesday evening.
Both of Marion’s runs came in the first inning on Travis Metzger’s two-out single, two-run single, and from that moment on, Dixon did the rest. Marion’s senior hurler allowed just three hits in the contest while also escaping multiple jams throughout.
“We scored two in the first inning off of their No. 1 pitcher, [and] that gave us a little bit of confidence,” Marion Head Coach Mark Fagan said. “Ethan went out there and shut the door.”
Marion’s defense played a big role in their win as well, as several Giants made key plays in the field to keep Norwell off the scoreboard.
“The whole defensive squad played great for us tonight,” Fagan said. “Dre Aguilar made a spectacular diving catch, and Anthony Reynolds made one in the same inning. That really picked us up, because if we don’t make those plays, [who knows] what could have happened.”
Metzger and Jaquan Reeves each finished with two hits for Marion, while Reynolds, Broc Allgood, and Logan Wagner also recorded a hit in the Giants’ victory.