Benavidez Throws No-Hitter Through 4 2/3, Mariners Prep for Four Home Games in Three Days

The Mariners lost three away games recently as they prepare for four home games in a span of three days.

On Saturday, the Mariners traveled to Sandusky to take on the Ice Haulers. For the Ice Haulers, Luke Lashutka didn’t give up any runs in his six innings on the mound, and he hasn’t allowed any runs since his first game back on June 6th. Grand Lake’s Joel Roediger allowed four earned runs in his 5.1 innings, and Keegan Gavin came after him and gave up just one hit in 2.2 innings. The Ice Haulers went on to win 4-2. Joe Jimenez was 3-4 on the day with a two-run home run, a double, two RBIs, and a run scored. At the time of this writing, the Ice Haulers have won ten straight.

Sunday’s game against the Clippers was another pitcher’s duel. Kade Benavidez started for the Mariners, and he had a perfect game through 3.2 innings, and a no-hitter through 4.2 innings. A Joe Jimenez home run scored Ethan Whitley and himself in the 2nd inning, giving the Mariners a 2-0 lead. The Clippers tied it at two in the fifth and tacked on another in the 8th to take a 3-2 lead. Jimenez had a single in the 9th, but the Mariners couldn’t answer and 3-2 was the final score. Benavidez threw eight innings on the mound, giving up three runs on eight hits with eight strikeouts. Jimenez was 3-4 with the home run, two RBIs, and a run scored.

After a day off on Monday, we battled the Leprechauns last night. Both teams scored a run in the third, and then each scored another in the fifth making it 2-2. But Royal Oak would start to take off, scoring two in the sixth and a couple more in the seventh, on their way to winning 7-3. Ian Yunker allowed just two earned runs in his five innings on the mound. Caden Kaiser was a perfect 3-3, with a double, a stolen base, and two runs scored.

The Mariners have a 7-14 record now with a lot of home games coming up in the remaining weeks. There are four home games in the span of the next three days. The rival Locos come to Celina Wednesday at 7:00, then there is a doubleheader against the Graders starting at 5:30 on Thursday. Each of those games will be seven innings. Friday at 7:00 will be against the white-hot Ice Haulers. Saturday will be a road game in Lima if you want to make the trip. Then we will be back at Montgomery Field for the 4th of July with a 4:00 game against Jet Box. That gives you time to have a barbecue lunch, come watch some baseball, and then watch some fireworks that night! We hope to see you at some games soon!