The Shoalhaven Mariners Major Second Grade travelled to Fred Finch Park, Berkeley on Saturday to play the second placed Northern Pirates. With the Mariners currently in first spot on the ladder and only three games remaining, this game could very well determine the minor premiership for the season.
Mariners starting pitcher Kai Meuronen returned to the mound, after impressing over the last few rounds. Kai started this game with a scoreless first inning striking out 2. Meuronen would go on to pitch a further 4 innings conceding just three hits for 2 runs while striking out 8, Pirates runs crossing in the 2nd and 4th innings.
The Mariners scored their first run in the third inning when Lee Lawson reached base on an infield hit, stole second base and was able to reach third on a wild throw. Brenton McMahon then scored Lee, on a fielders choice out at first.
At the bottom of the fifth inning with the Pirates leading 2-1, Degan Brekelmans had a great hit to left field and was able to steal a couple of bases and force an error by the catcher to score the tying run.
With the game now tied at 2 a piece Mariners hitters Jack Middleton and Eden Kelly were able to reach on singles to right field. With one out Stuart Raymond turned from villain to hero with his single to left field scoring two runs. Lee Lawson would eventually bring Stuart home taking the Mariners to a 5-2 lead.
Mariners relief pitcher Brenton McMahon then closed the game out in the top of the 7th after conceding 3 hits and two runs, Mariners running out 5-4 winners.
On Sunday Shoalhaven Mariners Minor Second Grade travelled to Fred Finch Park to play Warriors. Mariners were a depleted and stretched side which reflected in our result this week, Warriors winning 21-9.
Mariners held their own in the first innings having 4 hits to Warriors 2. The second innings saw Mariners having cold bats along with some poor fielding choices allowing Warriors 13 runs over to take a strong lead.
In the third and fourth Mariners started to make their comeback, unfortunately running out of time.
Mariners pitching duties were shared between Austin Raymond, Andrew Pearson and Degan Brekelmans backed well by catcher Jordan Butfield.
Double hits went to Jordan Butfield and Dalton Haines with Singles going to Degan Brekelmans, Austin Raymond, Matthew Moore, Jordan Butfield, Dalton Haines, Leith Grant and Brian Cremin.
On Sunday Shoalhaven Mariners Minor 3rd Grade also travelled to Fred Finch Park to take on the Warriors. Mariners gave the Warriors a very competitive game holding an even score line for the first half of the game. Warriors proved too strong in the end winning 8–2.
Mariners had some great fielding from Colin Barnes, short stop - 2nd base who was kept busy the entire game along with a great catch in left field from Amber Palmer.
Pitching was shared between Tausia Antonio who threw 57 pitches, 34 strikes with 2 strikeouts and Daniel List, 37 pitches 24 strikes. Catchers of the day Tony Burgess and Kalysta Palmer did a great job behind the plate.
Warriors had 8 hits to Mariners 6 for the game. Mariners triple hit of the game went to Dalton Haines to centre field with Matthew Moore having a double. Stand out batter of the day was Colin Barnes having 2 hits from 3, with other singles going to Tony Burgess and Tausia Antonio.
No competition games next weekend due to Country Championships being held at Blacktown which Mariners will be playing in.
Shoalhaven Mariners will have Come and Try days for T Ball and Junior baseball for the upcoming summer season which will start in October.
August 18 will be our first at Ison Park from 2pm till 4.30pm followed by September 9 and 23, from 10am till 1pm.
For further information call Samantha on 0488 032 404.