On Saturday the Mariners Major Second Grade travelled to Fred Finch Park Berkeley to take on the league leading Wollongong Cardinals. This match also kicked off the Illawarra Baseball League's pink round in support of Breast Aware Australia. Mariners players looked great as they donned pink hats, socks and other attire in support of the cause.
The game began with Mariners taking to the field in the top of the first inning and Brenton McMahon with the pitching duties. McMahon needed no help from his fielders doing all of the work himself and striking out three of the first 5 Cardinals hitters.
In the bottom of the 1st inning, The Cardinals sent youngster Alex Kennedy to the mound with regular starting pitcher Rob Cauduro unavailable. Kennedy struggled to find the strike zone walking 2 and hitting 2, enabling the Mariners to score 2 easy runs before he was replaced with only one out. Cardinals replacement pitcher Brett Deacon did well to limit the damage and strand The Mariners with bases loaded.
The Cardinals mounted a fight back in the top of the second inning when a lead-off single and stolen base was turned into a run by a wild throw to first base. The damage was limited to only one run when Mariners pitcher Brenton McMahon struck out another 3.
The Cardinals lacklustre pitching continued in the bottom of the second inning with another 2 walks and another 2 hit Mariners batters. This coupled with a Michael Vine double, the Mariners brought in two more runs and now led 4-1.
After the Cardinals were unable to trouble the scorer in the top of the third inning the Mariners were back at it again. Another Michael Vine double brought in 2 runs as Jordan Butfield also doubled.
In fifth inning action neither team managed any runs but Mariners hitter Nick Fisher did manage a nice single to Centerfield.
Cardinals finished the game adding two consolation runs in the top of the sixth inning and Mariners weren't required to bat and walked out 6-3 winners.
Shoalhaven Mariners Minor 2nd Grade
On a fine Sunday morning celebrating the Illawarra breast aware pink round at Fred Finch Park, Mariners took on Dapto Panthers.
Mariners started on the back foot with low numbers making players from the lower grade step up and help them out. It was Mariners' turn to take the bats first with hits from Heath Peters and Leith Grant helping bring in three runs to start the game.
An error in the field proved costly for Mariners allowing two runs in for the Panthers.
Second innings Mariners continued to make the scorers work with a nice stand up double from Stuart Raymond and single from Heath Peters bringing in more runs.
Starting pitcher for Mariners Andrew Pearson shut Panthers down not allowing them to score.
Next innings Mariners brought another run across the plate with Larissa El-helou getting on base with nice pitch selection and getting brought around the bases with some sacrifice hitting from team mates.
Andrew Pearson still kept Panthers guessing in the batters box not allowing them to score.
Panthers made a pitching change bringing Andrew Jardine to the mound which proved successful not allowing Mariners to score.
The next two innings became a pitching duel with both pitchers doing a fine job not allowing either team to score.
Last innings Mariners bats were still left wanting, not creating any runs
Panthers staged a fight back with two out Andrew Pearson not allowed to pitch any more due to pitching restrictions and Mariners regular closing pitch unavailable, Brian Cremin put his hand up to close out the game.
Brian Cremin did what he had to do after a stellar performance from Andrew Pearson making Panthers fall short by one run letting Mariners walk away with the win 6-5.
Pitchers Andrew Pearson 96 pitches 64 strikes and 8 strikeouts. Brian Cremin 7 pitches 3 strikes and 1 strikeout.
Double hits went to Stuart Raymond and Singles to Leith Grant, Larissa El-Helou and Heath Peters (3).
Shoalhaven Mariners Minor 3rd Grade
Sunday saw Minor Third Grade take on the Dapto Panthers. The game between these two team is always played in great fun and great spirit.
The first innings saw Mariners bat first with Ben Campbell having a nice hit to the outfield then eventually scoring starting the game on a good note.
Panthers replied with some hits of their own bringing in two runs with Anthony Burgess taking all three catches in the outfield to shut down the innings.
Next innings Mariners continued to keep the scoreboard ticking over with more hitting from Greg Symmans and Anthony Burgess, putting pressure on Panthers fielding creating errors.
New to the pitching duties Ben Campbell was doing a fine job not allowing Panthers to score. Panthers pitcher Paul Bojar stepped up his performance striking out two out of the next four batters.
Mariners didn't stop getting bat to ball forcing more errors and bringing more runs across the plate.
Ben Campbell continued his dominance on the mound with fine support from his field which kept Panthers runs to a minimum.
Final innings Mariners put the pedal down showing how far this team has gone in such a short time scoring the most runs in all their innings.
Panthers stage a fight back with the bats but poor base running choices let them down.
An excited Mariners took their first win of the season 9-4, with Ben Campbell pitching and Kalysta Palmer catching, both doing a whole game for the first time and doing it in style.
Pitching Ben Campbell 79 pitches 43 strikes and 2 strikeouts. Single Hits went to Ben Campbell, Anthony Burgess and Greg Symmans (2).