Shoalhaven Mariners Major 2nd Grade
On Saturday Shoalhaven Mariners Major 2nd Grade travelled to Hector Harvey Park at Dapto, taking on Dapto Panthers in horrific weather conditions. Mariners started the game off with the bats, unfortunately our first three batters were sat back down. In return, Mariners took to the field with a strong start also sitting Panthers first three batters down, keeping the score line 0-0.
In the second inning, Mariners came out stronger with Kieran Harris having a double hit to centre field and Nicholas Fisher gaining a safe hit to third base, but still unable to score any runs. Panthers came out forcing an error in the field which resulted in 1 run. There was some great pitching from Kai Meuronen with 3 strikeouts.
The third inning saw Mariners bat through the entire line-up with Ben Campbell starting off with a single to right field, Kieran Harris having a single hit to right field also bringing in our first run. Brenton McMahon batted in our 2nd run with Panthers having an error in the field. Mariners capitalised and brought the 3rd run in. In response Panthers also batted through their line-up, finding gaps in the field and bringing in four runs, taking the score to 3-5.
The fourth inning and both sides were unable to score, although Mariners did make a great double play between Sam De Meyer and Kieran Harris.
The fifth and final inning Brenton McMahon had a nice hit to left field with Ben Campbell batting him in. The final score in a tight game was 5-4 to Panthers.
Pitching duties were shared between Kai Meuronen 61 pitches, 30 strikes and 3 strike outs, and Brenton McMahon 65 pitches, 30 strikes and 5 strikeouts.
Shoalhaven Mariners Minor 2nd Grade
On Sunday Shoalhaven Mariners Minor 2nd Grade played Dapto Chiefs at Ison Park in cold windy conditions. Chiefs started the game with the bats but were retired early due to some strong pitching and fielding from Mariners' Andrew Pearson holding Chiefs scoreless. David Crowley started Mariners' batting with a 3 base hit out to right field although Mariners were unable to score.
Second inning and Andrew Pearson dominated on the mound holding Chiefs scoreless while Mariners bats came alive working through the complete line-up forcing Dapto errors. Leith Grant had 2 safe single hits going to left field and 3rd base also scored a runner with the scoreline of 7-0 to Mariners.
The third inning saw some teamwork between Andrew Pearson and Greg Symmans to hold out Chiefs' runners while Mariners bats went to work with Greg Symmans and Andrew Pearson having hits, Mariners scoring another 2 runs bringing the score to 9-0.
The fourth inning once again saw a tight field not allowing Chiefs to score. Leith Grant hit a double to left field with Greg Symmans having a single to right field with Mariners able to score 1 run.
The fifth inning saw Chiefs' John Briscoe have their only hit of the game out to centre field but again unable to score with Pearson's dominance on the mound. Andrew Pearson and Ben Campbell both had safe hits with Mariners scoring 3 runs giving Mariners a 13-1 win.
Andrew Pearson had an excellent day on the mound throwing 88 pitches, 53 strikes and 10 strikeouts.
Shoalhaven Mariners Minor 3rd Grade
Warriors travelled down to Ison Park to face Shoalhaven Mariners. Both teams battled the cold and the wind. Warriors batted first and laid down the challenge - 2 hits and one scored. Mariners responded with 4 batters facing but no runs scored.
Warriors returned and hit the ball. Five hits and a few too many errors saw 6 runs scored. Mariners were unable to respond - three up, three down. Warriors led 7-0.
Again Warriors came out and hit the ball - 6 hits and 5 runs across the plate. Time for Mariners to step up. Despite hits by Kalysta Palmer and David Crowley, runners were stranded on base. Warriors led 12-0.
A change of pitcher, Warriors did not add to their total. Mariners responded with hits by Tony Burgess, Tausia Antonio, Ben Quiney and Kalysta Palmer. This time the first three batters crossed the plate but the next two were left stranded after three good catches by Warriors.
One final inning. Warriors' first batter hit to centre field. Some tight fielding retired Warriors with only one run scored. Mariners at bat. Hits by Tony Burgess and Tausia Antonio saw them advanced around the bases by Ben Quiney, ultimately crossing the plate to bring Mariners total to 5. Warriors won 13-5.
Pitching was shared between Tausia Antonio - 65 pitches, 49 strikes, with two strikeouts, and Ben Quiney - 34 pitches, 21 strikes and 2 strikeouts. Sue Stibbard was injured during a rundown play for Mariners. She stopped the ball and will have a good black eye to show for it. Get well Sue! Here's hoping for fewer errors and more hits next week!