Mariner wins first contest | Baseball
Mariner picked up its first victory of the season, defeating Cedarcrest 7-3 in a nonconference baseball game Monday, April 3 at Cedarcrest High School.
The win followed back-to-back losses to league rival Monroe and three other nonconference defeats to Chief Sealth, Mountlake Terrace and Shorecrest.
Elijah White allowed only two runs in five innings of work and Carson Hale closed out the final two innings. Bret Otterson hit a double and had 2 RBI and Clayton Conway scored two runs.
“It was a really big win for us,” Mariner coach Ryan Otto said. “It’s been a little bit of a slow start.”
The lack of games (two nonconference games were postponed) and of actual field practices due to the weather has hampered the Marauders.
“Everyone’s had to go through this weather,” Otto said. “It’s hard to get in a rhythm. This team really needs those live reps.”
In its league opener, Mariner fell behind early against Monroe and struggled on the mound in the 10-3 loss on Wednesday, March 29.
“We didn’t throw strikes as a team,” Otto said. “Anytime you’re doing that and helping out the other team, it’s always tough to make the game close.”
The Marauders rebounded with a much better performance in a 4-0 loss to the Bearcats on Friday, March 31.
“We played a lot cleaner,” Otto said.
Sophomore pitcher Cody McDuffee had a solid performance in his first start of the season.
“He challenged hitters. He was very competitive,” Otto said. “He definitely did a good job of mixing up his pitches and keeping the hitters guessing. He battled in some jams and just kept us in the ball game.”
From an offensive standpoint, Otto said that Jordan Davis-Miller and Conway have excelled this season.
“They get on base,” he said.
Mariner has only had six games so far, while some other teams have had eight games.
“It just feels like we haven’t played much,” Otto said.
The Marauders are still developing their identify.
“If you were to ask me what our team’s strength is, I wouldn’t be able to tell you,” Otto said. “Today we put up 7 runs. We had no hits against Monroe on Friday.”