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Wahlert rallies to beat Marion at State Baseball Tournament

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The fourth-seeded Dubuque Wahlert Golden Eagles overcame a one-run deficit in the seventh inning to pull out a walk-off 5-4 victory over the fifth-seeded Marion Indians in a Class 3A state quarterfinal game on Tuesday afternoon at Principal Park.

After trailing for the majority of the game, the Golden Eagles pushed across two runs in the seventh inning to emerge victorious and grab their first summer state tournament win in program history. They were previously 0-6 in the tournament.

Joey Callahan provided the game-winning hit with a single in the seventh inning with the bases loaded.

Brady Donohue started on the bump for Marion. He went 4 1/3 innings and allowed three runs on eight hits. He struck out five and walked one. Rick Atkins relieved Donohue and went two innings, allowing two runs. He was pinned with the loss.

Wahlert starter Alex Timp allowed three runs on seven hits in his three innings of work. He was relieved by Austin Savary, who went four innings while allowing one run on two hits. He earned the win.

The Indians took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning after Mitch Wiese roped a two-run double down the left field line. Parker Ridge and Maverick Miller scored easily.

Trevor Paulson added another run to the Indians' lead in the top of the third inning, lacing a double into the left-center field gap to score Ridge and give Marion a 3-0 advantage.

Wahlert responded with a big third inning. Savary picked up an RBI with a sacrifice fly to right field that scored Owen Funke. The Golden Eagles added another run on an error after the Marion shortstop bobbled a ball in the hole and allowed Jimmy McDermott to score.

Wahlert threatened to put up more runs in the inning, loading the bases with one out. But the Golden Eagles squandered the opportunity with a mental blunder. On a 2-2 count to Joey Callahan, the Wahlert runners tried to advance on the next pitch, thinking it was ball four. One runner was thrown out at home for the second out, as the other two runners advanced, but the damage was done. Callahan struck out looking on the next pitch, keeping the Marion lead at 3-2 after three frames.

Savary was once again in the midst of a Wahlert rally in the top of the fifth. Leading off the inning, Savary scorched a triple into the right-center field gap that rolled against the wall. Spencer Goerdt knocked in Savary a couple of batters later and tied the game at three with a single up the middle.

Things remained tied at three until the top of the seventh inning. Marion put runners on the corners with one out, and Baylor Fish knocked in a run with a sacrifice fly to right field, giving his team a late 4-3 lead.

The Golden Eagles weren't done yet. McDermott doubled to start the inning and advanced to third on a fly out in the next at-bat. Goerdt drove him in with a single to tie the game at four and put two runners on base with just one out. The next batter, Mitch Morel, grounded a ball to the shortstop, who misplayed it, loading the bases. Callahan followed it up with a single down the left-field line to win the game for the Golden Eagles.

Wahlert (27-15) is in its third-straight appearance in Des Moines and seventh overall. The Golden Eagles had lost in the first round in the last two years.

Marion (31-11) finish the season with a record 31 wins. This was the Indians' third state tournament appearance overall and their first since 2011. They previously made it in 2006.

Wahlert will play Davenport Assumption in a Class 3A state semifinal at 1:30 p.m. on Friday at Principal Park.     

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