Mariner celebrates back-to-back victories over Jackson, Cascade | Baseball

Angelos hits first career high school home run in 3-2 win over Bruins
By David Pan | Apr 27, 2017
Photo by: David Pan Mariner’s Tim Kukhotskiy takes a lead off of second base during a Wesco 4A game against Cascade Friday, April 21, at Mariner High School.

Mariner senior Alex Angelos picked the perfect time to hit first career high school home run.

Angelos, who also pitched six innings, smacked a two-run shot to help lead the Marauders to a 3-2 victory over Cascade in a Wesco 4A baseball game Friday, April 21, at Mariner High School.

The victory was the second straight for Mariner (2-7 in the league, 3-11 overall), who edged Jackson 2-1 on Tuesday, April 18 at Jackson High School.

The Marauders have not won back-to-back league contests in at least five years and probably more.

“It feels really good to get a win against Jackson and against Cascade,” Angelos said. “It’s really meaningful to our program to get two wins in a row. It’s been a while since we’ve got that.”

Junior pitcher Elijah White allowed only one run in six innings of work against the Timberwolves.

Mariner coach Ryan Otto saw both of his starting pitchers be aggressive on the mound.

“Elijah White just had a great outing. That was probably the best outing of the year for sure,” Otto said. “He just did a great job of challenging hitters, throwing strikes, getting ahead in the count and letting your defense work because we have a good defense.”

Angelos also got ahead in the count and didn’t back down to the Cascade lineup, Otto said.

The Marauders also supported their pitchers with solid defense.

“We just kind of minimized our mistakes and just played clean baseball,” Otto said. “We just executed our plays, made our routine plays. I want our kids to make the routine plays. I don’t care about your making the diving catch or the play up the middle. I want you to make the routine plays.”

Mariner took a 1-0 lead against Cascade when Clayton Conway scored on an error in the first inning.

In the fourth inning, senior Carson Hale singled and Angelos followed with the home run to give the Marauders a 3-0 lead.

“It was a fast ball right down the middle,” Angelos said. “I’ve been working on my swing all season because I’ve been in a slump. It finally came through. It felt good.”

Angelos’ fastball was his main pitch and he said he was locating it well.

“The win goes to the guys out in the field,” Angelos added. “I pitch strikes and they field the ball.”

Junior catcher Bret Otterson eventually came in and recorded the save in the seventh inning. Cascade scored two runs on infield singles and then loaded the bases when Zach Gil was hit by a pitch on a bunt attempt. Otterson then got Andrew Scheuffele to hit a sharp line drive to center fielder Hale. The Bruins held the runner at third base. Otterson sealed the victory by forcing Mitchell Haldi to fly out to left field.

“I like to put him in those big moments,” Otto said of Otterson. “He’s a strong-minded kid and that’s why I did that.”

White is glad to see all the hard work the Marauders are putting in at practice finally paying off with victories.

“It feels great,” he said. “The whole team is putting in a major effort into this year and we’re really proud of what we’re doing.”

White threw the fastball against the Wolfpack and was effective in locating the pitch.

“My coach tells me to just throw the ball in there and let my defense work behind me,” White said. “Throw strikes. Don’t fall behind. … I just love the way my defense plays behind me.”

Mariner took a 1-0 in the top of the first on a ground out by Otterson that scored Hale. The Timberwolves tied the score in the bottom of the inning. In the second, White made it home on a Jackson error to give the Marauders a 2-1 lead.

Will Ozuna came in to pitch the seventh and recorded three outs, including a strikeout to end the game.

“I liked the matchups against Jackson when Will came in,” Otto said. “He did a great job.”

Otto said all the credit goes to the players.

“It was a great week for us. We just turned things around,” he said. “We’ve been working really hard. As long as you put the work in and focus on the process, good things will happen. … We come in and lay out the plan and they go get to it and work hard. It’s all on them.”

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