HARRISBURG -- The Marion Post 147 American Legion baseball team has had a rough time getting games in due to the weather this summer but got a game in against a familiar foe Friday evening.
Marion got a full game in against Harrisburg Post 167 for the second time this season and prevailed 5-3 in a well-played, entertaining contest at Jay Thompson Field.
Post 147 improved to 5-3 with two of those wins coming against Harrisburg, which was playing its 19th game.
Jake Welch pitched a complete, seven-inning game on a muggy blistering evening. He was backed both offensively and defensively by left fielder Frankie Horner, catcher Jake Griffin and infielder Brandon Lynn, who surprised even himself with a solo homer.
Horner went 3-for-3 and also made a pair of circus catches to save at least two runs. Griffith relieved Aaron Maragni behind the plate in the fifth after entering as a pinch-runner and added two hits of his own, scored a key insurance run and made a stellar play to get the lead runner on a bunt attempt.
Also collecting hits for Post 147 were Maragni, Lucas Johnson, Lucas Will, Gage Johnson and Felix Cross.
Welch scattered six hits and half of them were by Crab Orchard's Josh Turnage, who went 3-for-4. The crafty righthander struck out five, walked three and hit one batter.
Marion got on the board in the third when Austin Palmer drew a walk and scored on a double by Gage Johnson. Cross plated a run in the fourth, then Lynn launched his homer in the fifth before Harrisburg put up two in the bottom half, when the damage was minimized by one of Horner's catches and a key strikeout from Welch.