Mariner continues to make progress | Baseball

Marauders’ hard work pays off with success on the field
By David Pan | Mar 07, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Mariner’s Bret Otterson and Elijah White both have signed letters of intent to continue their baseball careers in college.

The Mariner baseball team looks to be on the right track.

Under head coach and Mariner graduate Ryan Otto, the Marauders have won four games in each of the last two seasons. In the previous four years, Mariner recorded a total of four victories.

Senior Bret Otterson has seen the year to year improvement.

“Ever since my freshman year, it’s been on the rise,” Otterson said.

Senior Elijah White was glad to see the Marauders’ efforts produce success on the field.

“We really took pride in how hard we worked throughout the season and seeing it pay off on the scoreboard and in our record, it really made everything that we went through in the season worth it,” White said.

Otterson recently signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Bellevue College. White also plans to continue his career at Columbia Basin Community College.

Otto expects Otterson and White to play integral roles for the Marauders.

“I’m really excited about both of those guys,” he said. “It’s been awhile since we’ve had two guys who’ve signed letters of intent. I’m really excited to see what they bring to the table for us. … They’ve still got a lot to prove and a lot to do for this program.”

Otterson returns as catcher and his three years of varsity experience should benefit the pitching staff that includes returning starters White and junior Cody McDuffee.

“It’s definitely good to have a veteran catcher,” Otto said. “He’s just mature.”

Otterson also saw time as a relief pitcher and he might also play in the outfield.

“I’m going to do whatever needs to be done to keep us in games,” he said, “Whether that’s me on the mound, me in left field. I’ll do anything.”

The Mariner catcher likes how the pitching staff is shaping up with White and McDuffee.

“Those two are going to be huge for us,” Otterson said. “They know what they’re doing. It’s going to be good on the mound. We’re going to be competitive. Whoever we’re playing, they’re going to give us a shot.”

White brings composure to the mound, Otto said. “He’s just a competitor on the mound. He does all the little things right. … (Otterson) and White are just good athletes. They can play anywhere.”

The Marauders lost some depth among their pitching staff, so that’s an area that will see some new faces.

“We’re trying to figure out who can eat up some of those innings,” Otto said. “That will be a challenge for sure. … We’ve got some battles out there that still need to be won. That’s what we try to do here. We try to create competition and give everyone a chance to compete.”

The makeup of the Mariner roster is split fairly even between each grade. Otto hasn’t made any decisions on who will be starting.

“It’s good for us to try and fight for our positions,” Otterson said. “It makes us work a lot harder to make sure our spots are secured.”

Otto doesn’t spend much talking about wins and losses.

“We really focus on the little things here and just getting better every day,” he said. “If we can just get a little better every day, good things will happen.”

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