Grizzly bats too much for Marauders to overcome | BaseballPitching, defensive struggles hamper Mariner in 8-4 loss
Mariner battled back against Glacier Peak, but the Grizzlies’ bats and the Marauders’ own miscues were too much to overcome.
Glacier Peak pounded out 11 hits and took advantage of five errors to defeat Mariner 8-4 in a Wesco 4A baseball game Thursday, April 13, at Mariner High School.
The Marauders also struggled with their control on the mound, issuing walks in almost every inning, which led to Grizzly runs.
Glacier Peak took a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Mariner responded with a run to tie the score in the bottom half of the inning.
Senior Tim Kukhotskiy drew a one-out walk and then advanced to second base on an error by the second baseman. Junior Bret Otterson followed with a single to left field to drive in Kukhotskiy.
The Grizzlies (5-1 in the league, 8-3 overall) quickly responded with two runs in the second to retake a 3-1 advantage.
Kazuki Kodama and Cameron Keller both drew walks and then scored on a single to left field by Ethan Smith. Glacier Peak added another run in the fourth when Smith doubled to drive in Keller. The Grizzlies took a 5-1 lead when Ryan Ober, who tripled to lead off the inning, scored on a ground out by Luke Wyatt. Then in the sixth, Smith led off with a single to left field. Following an out, Mariner misplayed a ball in the outfield, allowing Smith to advance to third base with Ober ending up on second.
Wyatt followed with a sacrifice fly to left field to score Smith and Sean Peterson singled to drive in Ober to give the Grizzlies a 7-1 lead.
The Marauders (0-6, 1-10) weren’t ready to concede. Leadoff hitter Otterson and Elijah White were both hit by pitches. The two each moved up a base on a passed ball. Dylan Young then followed with a double to drive in Otterson and White.
“It was a real timely hit, which we’ve been missing,” Mariner coach Ryan Otto said. “It’s good to see that. It’s really what the game comes down to. You load up the bases. You get guys on second and third. You’ve got to look for those timely hits.”
Young advanced to third on a ground out and then scored when Cody McDuffee grounded out to the second baseman. The rally, however, was cut short when a Marauder, who drew a walk, was picked off by Glacier Peak’s Riley Parker, who came in to pitch in the fourth inning in relief of starter Skyler Kelley.
The Grizzlies tacked on a run in the top of the seventh when Michael Vickery was hit by a pitch to start the inning. He advanced to second base on a single to right field by Noah Perry. Vickery then moved to third base when Smith beat out a bunt. Ober followed with a single to right field to drive in Vickery.
Another Mariner rally was cut short in the seventh when Parker picked off a second Marauder, who led off the inning by getting hit by a pitch.
“That’s something the coaches need to do a better job on,” Otto said of the two successful pickoffs by Parker. “We teach them to be aggressive, but there’s a time and place for it.”
Otto was pleased to see the Marauders battle back against Glacier Peak.
“I thought we did a good job of fighting back,” he said.
But he was disappointed with Mariner’s mistakes in the field and on the mound.
“Today it was a battle of us vs. ourselves,” Otto added.
Mariner’s struggle continued, as Glacier Peak pounded out 15 hits in a 11-1 victory in a game called after five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule Friday, April 14, at Glacier Peak High School.
Glacier Peak coach Bob Blair praised the play of Mariner.
“They’re a good team,” Blair said of the Marauders. “They have good players. … They put the ball in play as good as anybody we’ve played so far. They play hard and they play the game the right way.”