After leaving eight runners on base in the first four innings, Russellville finally broke through in the fifth inning, scoring a pair of runs to beat Marion 2-0 and win the Class 6A state championship.
The Cyclones collected at least one hit in every inning, but left 10 runners on base during the game, including five in scoring position.
Chase Bicanovsky’s two-run single with two outs in the fifth inning proved to be the only scoring of the game.
Russellville’s starting pitcher, Mark Moyer, was named the MVP of the game for his seven-inning complete game three-hitter. The three hits were Marion’s only base runners.
Moyer struck out 10 batters and needed only 88 pitches to improve to 9-2 on the season. He also went 2-for-4 with a double at the plate.
Marion’s Drake Rowton, who came into the game with a .389 batting average, collected two of the Patriots’ three hits, going 2-for-3. His lead-off triple in the fourth inning ended Moyer’s perfect game bid.
Peyton White pitched well in the loss. He gave up nine hits, but worked out of several jams. The senior struck out six batters and walked one.