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Spartans lose showdown with Marion

SOLON– The Spartans were on a roll.
But when would it stop?
It turns out it would end Monday night against Marion.
The Solon varsity baseball team ended its regular season with a win and then opened the postseason the same way.
The Spartans defeated Center Point-Urbana (CPU) Friday in a Class 3A regional substate game 6-0 after breaking open a back-and-forth affair with Washington, 8-6, last Tuesday. That put Solon on track to face Marion (28-12) Monday night in a regional semifinal. The winner would face either Benton Community or Vinton-Shellsburg July 18 (tonight) in Vinton for a shot at a state berth.
But the Indians proved to be too much for the Spartans, ending the baseball year for Solon 9-5.
Solon had fallen behind early 2-0, but climbed back in the second inning, taking the lead 3-2. Marion took a 7-3 lead after posting five runs in the second and then tacked on two more in the third.
The Spartans rallied with a run in the second and a run in the sixth, but it wasn’t enough.
Against Washington, Solon used 10 walks to offset only four hits for the game. The Spartans broke a 4-4 tie with four runs in the sixth inning, and sophomore Mitch Silberstein struck out eight and allowed only two earned runs.
Todd Oberthien had two of the Spartans’ four hits. He collected two RBIs and a stolen base to lead the Solon offense. Austin Dall and Dalton Ferguson accounted for the other hits. Ferguson and Lucas Kane had an RBI each.
Solon moved to 16-24 with the first round regional win against CPU.
Oberthien threw a gem on the mound, striking out eight batters and allowing only two hits and no walks in the 6-0 shut-out.
Doubles by Elijah Kane and Tommy Hamiel boosted the Spartan offense. Each were credited with two RBIs, while Colton Dall went 3-3 at the plate, scored twice, walked once and had a stolen base.
Solon scored twice in the third inning and once in the fifth before tagging on three insurance runs in the sixth.