Patriots defend home field against Bulldogs
The Marion Patriots continue to work during the offseason, defeating the Tuckerman Bulldogs in summer league play Tuesday night
Marion’s bats sprung to life late Tuesday evening at Marion’s John Robbins Field, pushing the Patriots to a 7-3 victory over the visiting Tuckerman Bulldogs.
It took the Patriots offense a while to heat up, however, as Marion only recorded one hit, a single by Taylor Allison, through the first three innings. The reason for the lack of Patriot baserunners were seven of Marion’s first nine outs falling into the glove of Tuckerman outfielders.
But Marion finally found an open portion of the outfield as shortstop Tony Rudd drilled a lead-off triple to centerfield in the bottom of the fourth inning. Third baseman Braeden Wolford promptly picked up his teammate, driving Rudd home on a ground ball to the Bulldog’s third baseman and allowing Marion to strike first on the scoreboard, 1-0. Marion head coach Daniel Kelley says he has come to expect that kind of offensive production from Rudd.
“He’s hit the ball well,” Kelley said. “He’s hit the ball well all of this spring.
He was our only .400 hitter this spring. He’s mid .400’s right now… So, it’s kind of what I expect out of him.”
Kelley has also come to expect that sort of effort from Wolford, who the Marion coach says has almost every tool to become an exciting player to watch for years to come. “He has almost every tool, with the exception that he doesn’t run really well,” Kelley said. “But, every other tool that you could have, he has it as a young man….
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