Play ball: Moran returns to baseball diamond

Even though its high school has not fielded a baseball team since 2019, Moran's American Legion post was able to field a squad by comprising a team of Moran and Yates Center youth. Their 2021 summer season opened last week.

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June 14, 2021 - 8:57 AM

PITTSBURG — It had been a while since some of the players had seen the field in an organized event.

So even though Moran’s American Legion baseball team came up short on the scoreboard Tuesday, just getting on the diamond at all is cause for joy.

The squad is comprised primarily of players from Moran and Yates Center, said head coach Byron Marshall. Due to a lack of players, Marmaton Valley High School hasn’t fielded a baseball team since 2019.

Moran opened the 2021 season with a doubleheader at Pittsburg, falling in both games 15-3 and 10-1.

“It’s not the outcome we wanted, but it was great to be back on the field,” Marshall said.

Pittsburg started the opener with an 8-0 lead before Moran plated three in the top of the third.

Jaron Morrison walked to lead off the frame, and Carter Burton reached on an error. A one-out walk by Quincy Adams preceded singles by Quinton Adams and Canon Cavender.

Moran’s 3-2 lead was short-lived.

Pittsburg responded with  three of its own in the bottom of the third and scored four to end things in the bottom of the fourth.

Burton, Quinton Adams, Cavender and Dylan Drake all had singles for Moran.

Moran started quickly in Game 2. Morrison led off with a single and came around to score for a 1-0 lead before Pittsburg scored twice in its half to take a 2-1 lead.

That’s where it stood when Burton reached via catcher’s interference to lead off the third. He moved to second on a passed ball, but was thrown out trying to score on Drake’s single.

Emmitt Brittian walked to lead off the fourth, but was stranded at third when the inning ended.

Pittsburg put the game away with three in the third and five in the fourth.

Moran returns to action Thursday at Coffeyville.

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