Home OpenerUpdated Sunday May 24, 2015 by Robert Martinez.
It was a blustery windy day for the home opener for the Mariners as they were up against the St. Catharines Blue Jays. Still the die-hard baseball fans showed up for an epic battle between two power house teams in the Niagara region. The fans were not disappointed, as the two combatants, put on a clinic.
As the Mariners took the field, Nolan took the mound with a great start striking out the very first batter, completing the inning with only one earned run.
The Mariners came out with great discipline at the plate earning several walks, by Naythan, Nolan, Theo and Noah D. Jacob had the first of many hits by the mariners. The Marines scored 3 runs to end the inning on top 3-1.
The second inning had Nolan taking control of the game on the hill, along with good team defense ended the top half of the inning scoreless for the Bluer Jays.
The second inning was another strong discipline inning for the mariners earning walks by both Noah H. ,Kayla and Carson. Ryan came up to the plate and smacked a strong single and with some great base running stretched it out to the first double of the year. The Mariners had another 3 run inning.
For the start of the third inning the Blue Jays came out with some team discipline of their own earning the first three bases on balls. Then their bats came alive with three straight singles earning them a three run inning.
The Mariners Theo and Nolan each had singles to open up the inning. Jacob had another single to keep the hitting parade on a roll. The mariners had another three run inning.
Carson was on the mound for the fourth inning and after some minor adjustment (Butterflies in the belly) he started throwing frozen rope strikes, ending the Blue Jays comeback for the moment with a zero run inning for the Jays.
The blue Jays came out with a strong defensive bottom of the fourth inning holding back the onslaught by the Mariners for a zero run inning of their own.
The fifth inning the Jays came out swinging, with an offensive push of their own earning 5 runs, tying the mariners 9-9.
The stage was set for the Mariners to have a story book ending to a well played ball game, both offensively and defensively. The Jays had different plans for the Mariners and sent in their closer the left hander phenom (from Omaha LOL). The Mariners were unable to manufacture any runs ending the contest in a tie.
All kidding set aside, I am very proud of all the players for their effort and team work. (As I am sure all of you are as well)
Yes there is room for improvement and that will come with time and practice. I am looking forward to a great year of some fun in the sun baseball.