Coming off of their tough defeat to Wabash, the Marion Giants secured a doubleheader split with the Peru Tigers on Saturday afternoon, winning the first game, 10-7, before falling in the second contest, 15-11.
In the opener, Marion scored in the first run to grab an early 1-0 lead, and added two more runs in the third to make it 3-0. But Peru battled back, scoring three runs in the bottom half of the second to tie the contest at 3-3.
Marion added single runs in the fourth and fifth innings, before scoring five runs in the top of the seventh to secure the victory.
Dylan Meyer led the Marion offense, finishing 3-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI. Jaquan Reeves went 1-for-3 with home run and three RBI, while Broc Allgood, Logan Wagner, and Travis Metzger each drove in a run.
Ethan Dixon was excellent on the mound for the Giants, allowing just three earned runs while striking out eight in a complete game effort.
“In the first game, Ethan Dixon was a bulldog,” Marion Head Coach Mark Fagan said. “He came out and had a little pride. They hit him, but he battled back, and we came to the plate, made some good hits, and finally got some hits when we needed them with guys in scoring position.”
The second contest was also a high scoring affair, as both teams seemingly scored at will. Peru held a 7-2 lead after the first two innings, but four runs by the Giants in the top of the third brought them to within one run.
The Tigers answered with four runs of their own in the bottom half of the third and did not trail after that.
“In the second game, we were kind of flat,” Fagan said. “Everybody was worn out. We didn’t have any arms left, so we had Logan Wagner pitch for us, [and] he hasn’t pitched ever. The results weren’t what we were looking for, but there were some positive things.”
Metzger and Reynolds each finished with three hits, while Reynolds also recorded three RBI. Reeves and Riley Russell each had two hits, while Allgood, Wagner, Brayton Patton, and AJ Mitchener each finished with one.