Mariners Prep for Four Straight Home Matches

The Mariners are 4-10 as they enter a stretch of four straight home games from Tuesday the 22nd through Friday the 25th. Grand Lake just finished six road games this week, though one was canceled due to weather.

The Mariners dropped Tuesday’s game against the Monarchs 12-5. Grand Lake had 12 hits on the day, with seven of them coming from the duo of Garrett Felix and Ryan Davis. Felix was 3-5 with a couple of runs scored and Davis was a perfect 4-4 with a run.

On Wednesday, the Mariners were in control for most of the game against the Locos – either with the lead or tied up. That changed in the bottom of the eighth once the Locos got a couple of runs taking the lead 6-4, and the Mariners couldn’t respond in the ninth. Beau Nichols threw three innings in relief where he struck out seven batters and gave up just one run and a walk. Garrett Felix had three hits and Marcus Ernst scored two of the Mariners’ runs.

The Mariners put up five runs in the fifth inning Thursday against the Clippers, which ensured a 7-3 victory. Marcus Ernst was 4-5 with a couple of doubles. Brayden Morrow, Noah Thigpen, and Preston Jones also had multiple hits in the game. Kevin Norton earned the win, striking out seven batters and giving up just two runs in six innings pitched. He walked just one of the 25 batters he faced.

Friday’s game against the Graders was canceled due to the weather. It will be made up when the Graders face us at home in Celina as a doubleheader. The first game will start at 5:35 with the second one at 8:05. Each game will be just seven innings.

The Mariners lost to the Ice Haulers 7-4 on Saturday despite a late ninth-inning rally. The Sandusky Bay pitchers allowed just one hit through the first seven innings before the Mariners bats started to come alive. Preston Jones pitched two scoreless innings in the seventh and eighth.

The road trip came to an end Sunday when the Mariners dropped their last contest 4-1 against Jet Box. Kade Benavidez struck out six without walking any during his seven innings on the mound. Gabriel Torres added an inning without giving up a hit. Donnie Stone had two of the Mariners’ five hits.

Felix leads the team with a .358 batting average which is 11th in the league. Ernst and Felix each have 10 RBIs, tied for 10th in the league. Kevin Norton’s two wins on the mound is tied for 2nd in the GLSCL.

After Monday’s off-day, the Mariners will play four straight home games at Montgomery Field. Tuesday through Friday at 7:05 each night, you can get a ticket for $5 a person and watch summer ball in Celina. We will be facing the Leprechauns, Locos, Graders, and Monarchs. Wednesday’s game against the Locos will be the first time we have faced our rival at home since the 2019 season.