Nine unanswered runs makes Gosnell a winner
By Chuck Livingston Sports Editor
Gosnell invaded John Robbins Field last Friday afternoon and left with a win on the strength of nine unanswered runs in a 9-1 win. The Patriots fell to 0-2 on the season. Gosnell scored the meat of its nine runs in a two-inning stretch in the fourth and fifth innings, scoring seven times in those two frames. Helping the visiting Pirates along was a combined seven walks and five errors in those two innings alone. “It’s hard to win a ballgame like that when you walk eight batters and make seven errors,” said Marion head coach Daniel Kelley of his team’s totals in the non-conference game. Of those eight walks in the game, six of them would come around and score. Gosnell would score only three earned runs in the loss, while Marion would only come up with one hit, a seventh-inning single by right-fielder Joel Sargent. Marion senior right-hander Ben Vaughn took the loss for the Pats while Gosnell’s Dakota Atkinson claimed the win. Vaughn would get the start on the mound and Vaughn got through the first two innings unscathed, allowing just a pair of hits and walking a single batter, while striking two hitters out. His team led took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when shortstop Tony Rudd reached on a strikeout and an error on Gosnell’s catcher and promptly stole second and third base before scoring on an error by Gosnell’s Chad Wright. The game remained in Marion’s favor at 1-0 until the top of the third when Gosnell started to rally with one out. Starting pitcher Dakota Atkinson came up with a single and advanced to second on a groundout before scoring on Marion’s third error of the game. The Pirates broke the game open in the fourth frame. The first two Pirates walked and the following batter would reach on a fielder’s choice. All three scored, aided by three more Marion errors. As Gosnell surged ahead, Marion put at least one baserunner on in every inning except two, but could never come up with a timely hit to chase those potential runs in. Marion is back in action on Tuesday when they travel to play Valley View. The Pats will return home to host Greene County Tech. First pitch is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.