Marauders looking to get back to winning ways | Baseball

Mariner aims to regroup after dropping its first four Wesco 4A contests
Apr 11, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Mariner’s Elijah White takes a swing at a pitch against Lake Stevens.

After opening the season with three wins in five games, Mariner has struggled against its league rivals.

The Marauders have dropped their first two series to first place Monroe and Lake Stevens.

The Bearcats dispatched Mariner 14-4 and 13-1 and the Vikings prevailed 17-2 and 6-1 in Wesco 4A baseball action.

“It’s definitely a frustrating start,” Mariner coach Ryan Otto said. “We haven’t played very well so far. We start off the season getting some good wins. … We obviously are working hard and just kind of staying focused on the process and trying to get a little bit better every day.”

Led by senior Elijah White, the Marauders were far more competitive as the second game of the doubleheader against the Vikings (6-1 loss) on Friday, April 6, at Lake Stevens High School.

White allowed six runs in four innings of work and sophomore Jorge Urrutia pitched two scoreless innings in relief.

Mariner outhit Lake Stevens 9 to 7. Freshman Ryan Aceto was 2-for-4 with a double and a RBI and White also hit a double.

“We talk a lot about staying positive and having a short memory,” Otto said. “That’s kind of how you have to be in baseball whether you’re winning or lose. You put your best foot forward and keep working hard.”

The Marauders’ schedule doesn’t get any easier as they face last year’s co-league champion Glacier Peak in a two-game series this week (4 p.m., Wednesday, April 11, at Glacier Peak and 4 p.m., Friday, April 13, at Mariner High School).

The Marauders opened the season with an 8-7 victory over Chief Sealth before losing 6-4 to Mountlake Terrace and 8-3 against Bishop Blanchet. Mariner then rebounded with back-to-back 3-0 wins against Shorecrest and Lakewood.

White, a co-captain, is doing a solid job on the mound this season, Otto said. White also caught the first game of the doubleheader.

The rest of the pitching staff hasn’t been able to put together consistent performances.

“We’ve really been talking about having the sense of urgency,” Otto said. “It’s really being ready to go.”

The Marauders’ offense mirrors the team’s pitching.

“We’ve struggled there as well. I think it’s all about getting into a good rhythm,” Otto said. “Sometimes when you give up a good amount of runs or a team jumps on your early, it’s hard to bounce back. It’s tough when you get down early.”

Junior leadoff hitter Caleb Fatigue has been a bright spot in the lineup, Otto added.

An injury has sidelined one of the team’s best players - senior co-captain Bret Otterson. The Bellevue College recruit has been out since the third game of the season.

“It’s tough when one of your impact players is out,” Otto said.

With nine freshmen and sophomores, the Marauders are relying on a lot of younger players this season.

“Some of the kids are taking big roles,” Otto said. “They’ve got to learn quick.”

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