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The Marion County R-II baseball team ran its season opening win streak to four before losing two straight last week.
The Mustangs (4-2) downed Clopton, Monday, and Wellsville-Middleton, Tuesday, before falling to LaPlata and Silex, Saturday.
Marion County hosted two games Saturday and were shut out in the first one, 6-0, by LaPlata (7-1).
Cooper Stotts was cruising along in a pitching dual, blanking LaPlata for the first four innings before being touched for four runs in the fifth and two in the sixth.
He struck out 12 and gave up just three hits, but also walked five.
Meanwhile, the Mustangs were held to just one hit, Stotts seventh-inning single, by Reese Mesecher, who struck out 11 and walked two in hurling a shutout.
Marion County’s second loss of the day was an 8-7 heart-breaker to Silex.
Marion County built a 4-0 lead before Silex came back with two in the fourth and three in the fifth to take the lead.
The Mustangs retook the lead, 7-5, with three runs in the top of the seventh, and were three outs away from winning, but only got one as Silex loaded the bases and scored three runs to win, the last one coming on a bases-loaded hit by pitch.
Spencer Whetstone, Jackson Stewart, Cooper Stotts and Joey Lagemann all had two hits with Whetstone hitting a home run.
The Mustangs began the week with victories over Clopton and Wellsville-Middleton.
Cooper Stotts and Jackson Stewart combined on a one-hitter in a 1-0 victory at Wellsville-Middleton Tuesday.
Marion County managed just two hits, but one was key in scoring the lone run.
Cooper Stotts reached on an error to start the fourth inning, moved to second on a single by Joey Lagemann and scored when Caden Stotts reached on an error.
Cooper Stotts started and went 4.2 innings, giving up just one hit and three walks while striking out eight.
Stewart went the final 2.1 innings giving up two walks while striking out four.
The Mustangs also played error-free defense.
The Mustangs traveled to Clopton the previous day and came home with a 12-2 victory.
Marion County banged out eight hits and scored three runs in the top of the first before adding one in the third, two in the fourth, one in the fifth, three in the sixth and two in the seventh.
Whetstone started on the mound and earned the victory, going six innings and giving up just two unearned runs, four hits and one walk while striking out six.
He also helped himself at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a double, four runs scored and a stolen base.
This week, the Mustangs are scheduled to travel to Van-Far, Monday, and Green City, Wednesday.