It was a great weekend at Ison Park, South Nowra, for Shoalhaven Mariners baseball with wins in all three grades for the first time this season.
The sport of baseball is a great leveller. On Saturday the 2nd Grade Majors leading Shoalhaven Mariners played at home against the bottom placed but much improving Berkeley Eagles B. The score would not indicate the closeness of the game.
The game was played in great spirit with the Eagles solid defence keeping the powerful Mariners batting lineup at bay and restricting them from the big scoring inning. The Mariners pitching duo of Kai Meuronen & Brenton McMahon would prove to be the difference between the teams, Meuronen throwing only 10 pitches for 3 outs in his one inning of work and McMahon 9 strikeouts over 5 innings.
Two base hits by Jack Middleton, Michael Vine & Brenton McMahon were the key to the Mariners scoring runs. Single hits went to Jayden Brain, Courtney Dom, Lee Lawson, Kai Meuronen & Cam McNicol.
Final score Shoalhaven Mariners 9 defeated Berkeley Eagles 1.
Next Saturday the Mariners are hosting the Dapto Panthers at Ison Park. First pitch 11.45am
On Sunday Mariners 2nd grade minors hosted Dapto Panthers on a cold, windy day at Ison Park.
Mariners took to the field with our starting pitcher Andrew Provest doing a great job shutting down Panthers batters. Mariners stayed quiet with the bats in the bottom of the first inning not scoring any runs.
Top of the second innings Andrew Provest continued his dominance on the mound getting the outs with the assistance from Mariners catcher Jordan Butfield having a great throw over to second base getting one of the Panthers players out trying to steal.
Bottom of the second inning there were some nice hits from Stuart Raymond and Andrew Provest and some good intense base running brought in four runs.
Third inning Panthers had a couple of nice hits bringing in one run with Mariners not troubling the scorers.
Fourth inning Panthers mirrored the third inning with hits and bringing in another run. Mariners on the other hand produced their best inning of the game with strong base running forcing errors and scoring seven runs.
Fifth and final innings, Andrew Provest continued his dominance on the mound pitching the whole game, not allowing Panthers to score any runs in the last innings. With the game winding up and Panthers pitcher Peter Rennix starting to tire after pitching well and battling hard all game, Mariners batters managed another five runs bringing the game to a nice win 16–2.
Mariners pitcher Andrew Provest starred pitching 90 pitches 55 strikes with 9 strike outs. Mariners batting went well with singles going to Stuart Raymond (2) Mathew Moore (2) Andrew Provest, Austin Raymond and Anthony Burgess getting one each.
Mariners Minor 3rd Grade played Dapto Panthers at Ison park on Sunday, starting strongly and continuing to climb for the entire game coming out winners 16–6.
In the top of the first innings Mariners kept Panthers scoreless, starting the bottom strongly bringing across 4 runs.
In the second inning Panthers brought in 2 runs with Mariners turning a double play from Daniel List, Greg Symmans and Anthony Burgess and again staying strong with the bat bringing over another 5.
The third innings saw Panthers scoreless with Mariners batting well bringing over another 6 runs.The fourth innings saw Panthers force some errors in Mariners fielding and were able to bring over 1 run with Mariners again batting well bringing over another 1.
The fifth innings Panthers came to life batting well and bringing over 3. Tausia Antonio completed a full games pitching duties doing a fantastic job 5 innings 52 strikes with 3 strikeouts.
Stand out batter for the day went to Greg Symmans having 4 single hits from 4 at bats. Best hits of the game went to Anthony Burgess hitting a triple to right field along with a double to centre field. Other single hits of the game went to Daniel List (2), Anthony Burgess, Tausia Antonio (2) and Dalton Haines. Haines also had a double to centre field.