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Mark Ohlsen
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Friday, July 18
Mariners Win Again to Push Streak to 5

The Mariners were in action in the thriving metropolis known as White Center Thursday night against a Bombers team that had been hot of late.  White Center knew the M's were coming and set up a carnival in their honor right next to the field to celebrate.  After a slow start, the M's did not disappoint the Carnies and came away with an 8-3 victory. 

In the 1st, Sean Anderson did what he do and got the game started off right by getting the M's on the board.  Following a leadoff walk and a stolen base, Nate Emmel was a good Mariner with a great hitting approach and advanced Ando to 3rd on a ground ball to 2nd base.  Brent Clarke then plated Ando with an RBI ground out to short.  It sho is nice to have a rally starter at the top of the lineup that seems to score in the 1st inning each game.

In the 3rd, it was Shane Hoey's turn to start the rally.  A leadoff double put the pressure on the Bombers Fireballer pitcher- and by fireballer, i mean once he started his delivery, Mariner hitters had time to rub two sticks together for long enough to start their own fire before deciding whether or not to swing at the ball...but i digress.  After inducing two flyball outs, Brent Clarke came up big again with an RBI gap shot double to give the M's their second run of the ball game and tie the score at 2-2. 

Then the M's offense kind of went dormant for 3 innings.  Well, not totally dormant- the M's had runners on base and in scoring position in all 3 innings, but couldn't get the clutch hit to plate any runs.  In the meantime, the Bombers were able to scratch out their 3rd run of the game to take the 3-2 lead into the 7th.  That is when Ando decided to take matters into his own hands.  Instead of igniting a rally by getting on base and using his speed to manufacture a run, he decided to flex his muscles, show his power, and create his own run instead by blasting a 3-1 pitch into the playground beyond the left field fence.  It was Ando's team leading 2nd dinger of the season.  The game tying home run was followed by 3 consecutive singles, one of many baserunning blunders, and a clutch two-out RBI single by Tyler Abbott to bring the score to 5-3 by innings end. 

Another tally and another baserunning blunder clinic that included one of the weirdest triple plays you will ever see in the 8th (bases loaded and nobody out Clarkey hit a comebacker to the pitcher who promptly threw home for the force out at the plate. The catcher then fired to first trying to get the double play and airmailed into right. On the error Ando came around to score and Nate was flying around 3rd to follow, but the Skip put the brakes on and held him at 3rd.  At the time, BC was motoring around 2nd and didn't see the stop sign and got caught too far off the bag at 2nd.  He was tagged out at 2nd and everyone thought it was the 3rd out of the inning and starting walking off the field- including the umpires.  When the fielders realized it was only two outs, they threw over to 3rd where Nate was caught too far off the bag and tagged for the 3rd out of the play and blammo take that, end of inning!)...and the Mariners took a 6-3 lead into the darkness at the Cox when the lights would not come on.  Who is running this shyte show anyway?? By the way, can you believe that this site will not allow me to curse in writing, they make "bad" words **** after i click submit.  Weird.   

After a brief darkness delay, the Mariners decided to make it worthwhile in the 9th and came up with a couple of runs on a two-out so what rally.  Abby started the rally with his 2nd hit of the game, JLee worked his 2nd walk of the game, and the Skipper finally found some barrel and squared up a 1-2 curveball for a 2 RBI double to center.  Finally feeling a little frisky with his ailing calf starting to heal, the relay throw got away from the shortstop and to the surprise to everyone in the ballyard, the Skip rounded 2nd and kept running in an attempt to rekindle his youth and go from home to 3rd for the first time in many many years.  Unfortunately, the ball didn't get away as far as he thought, the shortstop regathered, and threw out Thee Old Skipper at 3rd while all of the Mariners laughed at him in the dugout.  I tried fellas. 

On the mound, Crazy Kyle Albertson got the start and was much more efficient with his pitch count this time out.  Kyle pitched six strong innings, gave up 3 runs (only one earned due to some shaky defense behind him) on only 5 hits, struck out 5 and walked just one Bomber batter.  It was a nice outing for Alby and good to see him get back in his rhythm.  Jim Radovich, whose flicker has turned back into the El Flame of old, came on in the 7th and cruised through 3 innings of work.  He gave up just one hit in his 3 frames and is really starting to get his dominant form back.  Great work pitchers, you are the glue that holds this team together and gives us a chance to win each and every time out. 

Since chicks dig the long ball and he finished 2 for 3 with 3 runs scored, 2 more stolen bases, a home run and an RBI...Sean Anderson earned his 2nd Into the Darkness No Lights White Center Carnival and FunFest Powered by Honda Generators Player of the Game Award.  Great Game Ando!! 

The Mariners now have a week off before the schedule picks up 3 fold in frequency at the end of July and througout August.  Back in action and facing the Brewers for the first time of the year on Saturday the 26th at Eastlake High School.  Be good to your bodies this week and stay sharp.  See you all next week.     

Monday, July 14
Mariners Play a Gem at the Diamond on Mountlake

With first place on the line and an extra $10 per player invested, the Mariners came out and made a statement against the defending champion Ravens on Saturay night at the newly renovated University of Washington ball yard.  A 6-0 victory put the M's into first place in the Olympic Division and gives the M's a 2-1 season series lead over their long time rival.

On a night where the weather was perfect, the ballpark was beautiful, and in front of a capacity crowd of 32 (38 if you counted all of the little kids)...Sean Anderson got the Mariners started off real nice like.  Leading off the game, he smashed a ball down the left field line.  While most Mariners would have cruised into 2nd with a stand up double, Ando saw the left fielder taking his time getting the ball back into the infield and decided to turn on another gear that is reserved for only those special few- the REALLY FAST gear!   Creating what seemed to be a blur around 2nd, Ando slid into 3rd easily with a leadoff triple and gave the M's the spark they needed.  Brent Clarke singled Ando home to give the Mariners an early 1-0 lead and it turned out that was all the M's needed due to some wonderful pitching.

Just becuase the one run was all that the Mariners needed, didn't mean that was all they wanted.  In the 4th, the M's were at it again.  Garrett Davis led off with a single and moved to 2nd on a passed ball.  Brent Clarke (who really likes reading his name in these write-ups) stepped up again and singled home his second run of the ball game.  Then, just to show he's still got it, stole 2nd to put himself in scoring position.  Mark Rindy did the honor of knocking Clarkey in on one of Rindizzle's 3 hits on the day. 

In the 6th, the Mariners pulled off a feat not too often duplicated on the baseball field.  They scored 3 runs after the first two batters of the inning got out, and they only ended up with one hit in the inning.  How did that happen you might ask?  Well it went a little something like this: Garrett Davis notched his 2nd hit of the ball game and then promptly stole 2nd.  Clarkey and DJ both drew walks to load the bases.  After a tough battle and fouling off multiple pitches, Mark Rindy also drew a full-count walk on a ball that got away from the catcher.  With the runners moving on the pitch, Clarkey saw his opportunity to flash his speed and hustle and turned the corner at 3rd and just kept going to score the 2nd run of the inning.  DJ being the heads up baserunner he is also followed Clarkey's lead and ended up at 3rd on the play.  Another wild pitch later during Abby's at bat, DJ came around to score the 3rd run of the inning.  Kind of crazy stuff. 

But enough of this offense nonsense.  The true story of the night was John Wayne Lee coming back to his alma mater and to the field originally built during his first year as a Husky.  It was JLee's time to rekindle his glory days and channel the spirits of Huskies old and new.  Even though the field was new, JLee looked comfortable on the mound that once supported his Pac-10 championship and closer of the year efforts.  Sporting a fresh haircut and with his young daughter on hand to watch, Wayne dominated the Raven lineup for 6 innings- giving up just one lone hit while throwing an economical 80 pitches.  While the velocity looked good Saturday night, it was the slider that was on display all game long- not to mention the trademark grunt that echoed througout the ball park.  Fun to watch JLee, great game out there.  For his extraordinary pitching effort, JLee earned the Purple and Gold He Went to Jared Player of the Game Honor. 

After John Lee was taken out following the 6th (not by his choice mind you, and letting the Skip know it on the way into the dugout), the Mariners still had nine outs to get.  Collin Evenson came in and cruised through his first inning of work and had two outs in the 8th before being smashed in the pitching elbow by a line drive right back up the middle.  After seeing an immediate black and blue lump accessorized by the seams of the baseball imprinted on his skin, Collin smartly decided his evening was over.  But never fear, Jim Radovich was ready to go.  Rado came in and got the 3rd out of the inning.  Rado did make preserving the shutout a little precarious in the 9th after 2 base hits, but he got the final 3 outs of the ballgame, slammed the door, saved the shutout, and gave the Mariners the victory!  Awesome work all around pitchers!! 

The Mariners are back in action against the Bombers on Thursday at the COX.  Bring your hard wood sticks and be ready to swing them around the yard!  See you then. 

Friday, July 11
Mariners Walk Off Last Week and Bang Two Grannies This Week Just for Fun!

It has been an entertaining week and a half for the Mariners for sure.  Even though it has lost a bit of its luster since i waited so long for the write-up, the M's victory last week against the White Sox needs to be published.  In the first time that I can remember, the team formerly known as the Skyway Park Bowl and Casino NABA American Division PSSBL Olympic Division Mariners walked off the field winners on a game-ending home run.  To make things even sweeter, it was against the same White Sox team that did the exact same thing to the Mariners earlier in the season!  In a game where the M's had the lead for almost the entire game, the scrappy Sox came back to tie the ball game in the 9th inning.  After failing to score in the bottom half of the ninth and Collin pitching out of a tough jam in the top of the 10th, it set the stage for the walk-off heroics...and who came to deliver...?  Dustin Ackley's look a like cousin Sean Anderson!  With one out, Ando popped a 1-1 pitch well over the left field fence for the victory and a meet you at home plate celebration!  It was Sean's first home run as a Mariner, and it couldn't have come at a better time.  Ando finished the game 3-6 with a couple of runs scored and a couple of RBI's as well.  Obviously, for his efforts, he had to be the odds on favorite for Player of the Game Honors.

But, it must be mentioned that after being thrown from a golf cart earlier in the day and rolling through the fairway grass like a swift moving tumbleweed that led to a very sore and swollen knee...Mark Rindy manned up and caught 10 innings while smacking his first home run of the season as well.  Rindizzle toughed it out and went 2 for 5 with 4 big RBI's all while blocking balls and being a wall behind the dish for extra time- did i mention he did all of this after being ejected from a golf cart earlier in the day?!?!.  We have definitely taken Rindy for granted for the past 10 years and that night was no exception.  So for their extraordinary joint efforts, Ando and Rindy shared the Mercer Island South A&R Concrete Slab of a Field Player of the Game Award.  Great game fellas. 

Follwing the game and celebration, the quote of the day came from Brent Someone Go Talk to That Guy Clarke when G Davis quickly scrambled to get his stuff together and raced out of the dugout saying he was late for a date.  As Garrett left the dugout, Clarkey dished this gem, "tell Kevin I said hi!!"  Good one Clarkey :)  

After taking about a week and a half off for the 4th of July holiday, the M's were back in action against the same White Sox team on Wednesday night.  On a beautiful sunny evening, the M's bats came out hot, and stayed hot- so hot that they smacked 22 hits, walked 8 times, and scored a total of 18 runs.  It started well in the top of the 1st when the first 4 Mariners reached base safely and then Tyler Abbott decided to flex his Hollywood style, Rabbit Food Fed, Lean and Mean muscles by smashing a full count towering fly ball over the right field fence grand slam home run.  It was Abby's first jimmy jack of the year.  But the M's weren't done there, they restarted the rally and notched two more runs in the inning to take a 7-0 lead right out of the gate.  After tacking on two more in the 2nd and single run tallies in the 3rd and 4th...the M's were at it again in the 7th.  The M's batted around their entire 10 man lineup (plus a few) in the 7th, highlighted by the second granny they knocked up in the affair...this one by the old Skipper on a first pitch (yes, you read that correctly...) a first pitch fastball that he squared up and drove over the right field wall.  Even a blind squirrel finds a nut some days.

It was a game where 8 of the 10 Mariner hitters had multi-hits, 5 Mariners hitters had at least 2 RBI's, and every Mariner hitter reached base safely at least one time during the game.  So for this breakout effort, the entire Mariners offense earned the You Have 15 Minutes to Warm Up and Prepare for a Game Mountlake Terrace HS Quality Customer Service Player of the Game Honor!  Great game hitters.  Oh yeah, Nate the Great Emmel also smacked his first home run as a Mariner in this contest as well.  A No Doubter to left field.  Nate has been on fire recently and is getting comfortable at the dish after his couple of years hiatus from the baseball field.  After his 3 hits on Wednesday night, Nate has his average up to .345 and he looks confident at the plate for sure!   

Not lost in the offensive barrage was a stellar relief appearance by the originally scheduled starter, Jimbo Radovich.  Coming into a jam in the 4th inning and the Sox starting to close the gap on the scoreboard, Rado took the ball and needed only 3 pitches to Houdini his way out of the inning.  He went on to throw 4 2/3 scoreless innings while giving up only one hit.  Rado struck out 4 and walked none and did this while only throwing a total of 51 pitches.  His command was spot on, his cutter was cutting, and he looked great.  Fantastic outing Rado! 

The M's are back in action at the newly renovated University of Washington Ballfield on Saturday against the defending champion and currently 1st place Ravens.  Looking to rekindle his glory days on the UW campus, John Wayne "Big Sexy" Lee will take the ball on the bump to start.  The Mariners have split their 2 previous games with the Ravens this season and are just a game back in the loss column of the Ravens in the Olympic Division.  Great field, awesome weather, two high level adversaries squaring off in what should be a great game Saturday night under the lights at UW.  Doesn't get any better than that!  See you all Saturday night.   

Monday, June 23
Mariners Split Another Pair Over Weekend

The Mariners kept their "every other" pattern going this past weekend with a tough loss against the White Sox, 9-5 on Saturday, followed by a 10-4 victory against the Cannons on Sunday.  For some reason on Saturday (maybe it was the ideal weather, the pristeen field conditions, the perfectly groomed mound, or maybe the 9am start time), for the first time this season, Mariners pitching struggled a bit with control issues.  Going into the game on Saturday, Mariners pitchers had only had one game in which they walked more than 2 batters.  Two of first five games were no-walk games.  But on Saturday, the 7 walks allowed came back to haunt the M's as 4 of them came around to score.  Offensively, the M's again had chances to put a bunch of runs on the board, but the timely hits eluded them.  The M's scattered 7 hits throughout the game, but just couldn't string a sustained rally together.  With really no huge highlights to speak of, the Mark Yoshino 101 Tips to Field Care and Maintenance Player of the Game Honor went to Mark Rindy for his solid work behind the dish, countless blocks of pitches in the dirt, along with his 1-2 day at the plate that included a double, RBI, run scored and a walk.  Nice Game Rindizzle!   

Sunday, the M's were back in action and got offensive early.  In the top of the 1st, the first 6 Mariners reached base and plated 3 runs before the rally came to an abrupt end after a strikeout and a gimpy, hobbled Skipper grounded into an inning ending double play.  After sputtering through the mid portion of the game where they could only manage one more run, the M's added 3 more runs in the 8th and 2 more in the 9th to put the game out of reach.

Some things of note to mention from this ballgame: Shane Hoey picked up his first 2 hits as a Mariner on Sunday- the first being a solid base hit to right in which he was almost thrown out by the Cannon right fielder who obviously did not get the memo that Shane should have been given a pass for running a half-marathon the day prior.  Also, in perhaps one of the more entertaining plays of the year...Nate Emmel smacked a base hit down the right field line and in his attempt to stretch it to a double, Nate tried to pull off the "show the hand and then take it away" slide into 2nd base.  Unfortunately, he ended up instead performing the "stop short" slide where he completely lost forward momentum, stuck into the ground and came to complete halt and was easily tagged out by the fielder about a foot or two short of the bag.  Great idea, not so hot on the execution portion Nater! 

Garrett Davis picked up his first 5-Hour Energy Monster Red Bull Gives you Wings High Enthusiasm on the Field Player of the Game award this season with his 3-4, 2 RBI, 2 Runs Scored, stand up triple, stolen base, and a walk thrown in for good measure performance.  Great game Garrett.  I think he even managed to catch a fly ball without putting his glove in position to catch it T-Rex style before the ball even reached its apex of flight!

It should also be mentioned that Jim "the banker" Radovich had another solid outing on the mound while picking up his 2nd win on the year.  Rado battled through some slight control issues and gave up just one run after scattering 6 hits, walking an un-Rado like 3 hitters and striking out 4.  Great outing El Flame!  Alex Kelly came on and cruised through his first two innings before making things a tad interesting in the 9th.  I guess AK26 decided he wanted to face the entire Cannon lineup one more time in the 9th and extend his pitch count for some extra work before locking it down and shutting the door on the Cannons hopes. 

With the win, the Mariners move to 4-3 on the season in which they have alternated wins and losses each game.  The M's are looking to scratch that pattern and earn back-to-back wins for the first time this year on Friday against the pesky White Sox.  The Sox have had the M's number this season winning the first two matchups between the two squads so far.  Time to turn the tables and exact some revenge against those guys.  Let's come out with a touch more energy and actually have some fun on Friday! 

Monday, June 23
Mariners Double Down and Split a Pair Sunday

The Mariners traveled deep into the abyss of Puyallup on Sunday for a Fathers Day doubleheader against the defending champion Ravens, and came away with a split.  The M's lost game 1 in tragic style, 2-0, but bounced back in game 2 to earn the 5-3 win.  In game 1, the Mariners had plenty of chances to get on the board, but just couldn't get the big hit to break the seal.  The Mariners had multiple men on base in the 4th, 7th, and 8th...also brought the tying run to the plate in the 9th, but it wasn't meant to be as the Mariners were shutout for the first time that i can remember in the last few seasons.  

What shouldn't be lost in this loss was a stellar pitching performance by Jim Radovich.  Rado went 6 scoreless innings, scattered just 5 hits and struck out 5 ravens batters.  He looked in control and very efficient in this solid outing.  For his effort, Rado earned the Holy Shyte Heritage Park is even Deeper than Lake Stevens HS Player of the Game Honor. 

It should be noted that the 2 Ravens runs that scored in the 8th were scored on the biggest bleeder, duck fart, blooper that you will ever see.  Granted, Thornton must be credited with a super tough at bat in which he fouled off a few 0-2 pitches before serving the loopy flair just out of the flying outreached glove of the shortstop, Nate Emmel, but that was a tough way to see that ball game settled. 

After a quick trip to Jimmy John's in between games, and now with the human entertainment umpire reel that was known as "Tiny" behind the dish, the M's came out with 3 runs in the 1st to set the tone early and assure themselves of not being shutout for the 2nd game in a row.  Wit some help from the Ravens defense and a big two-out 2 RBI base hit from Mark Rindy, the M's took the 3-0 lead and never looked back.  After tacking on a 4th run in the 2nd with some old school small ball- leadoff single by Nate Emmel, stolen base, perfectly executed sac bunt by Alex Kelly, and then a sac fly by J Lee...the M's allowed the Ravens a glimmer of hope by giving up 3 runs in the 4th.  A leadoff home run by the biggest thorn in our side, Paul Fisher, and a couple of costly errors...the score stood at 4-3.  But then Alby got tough and allowed only one baserunner over the next 3 innings, and Collin Evenson came on to shut the door in the 8th and 9th allowing only one baserunner to reach via error as well.  Collin earned his firt save as a Mariner and Alby picked up his 1st victory of the season as well. 

For igniting two one-run rallies himself, and for finishing the two one-rallies with RBI's, Nate Emmel and John Lee shared the Jimmy John's Get Yer Sprouts Player of the Game award.  Great work guys!!  The split kept the M's and Ravens tied for 1st in the Divsion at 3-2 for the season.  The M's take on the White Sox and Cannons next weekend.    

Monday, June 9
Mariners Bounce Back with Win Over Bombers

After getting grand slam walked off a week earlier, the Mariners bounced back nicely on Sunday with an 11-0 shutout win over the Bombers.  Woodward did his best to pull the right strings while thee old skipper was out of town on vacation last week, but the Tigers came up big in the 9th with a 2-out walk off grand slam to top the Mariners 6-3.  A few statistical highlights from last weeks game:  Kyle Albertson made his 2014 Mariner debut and threw 4 quality innings.  He gave up just one run on 2 hits while striking out 4 Tiger hitters.  John Lee also made his first pitching appearance for the season and threw 2 shutout innings.  Offensively, Sean Anderson and Brent Clarke had great days at the top of the lineup.  Ando went 2 for 4 with a walk and Clarkey went 3 for 4 with a walk.  For his 3 hit effort, Clarkey earned his first Hawaiian Tropics Rub Oil All Over My Body Player of the Game Honor! 

This week, however, Skip was back in town doing what he does best: pulling all of the right strings to lead the M's to victory...all while shoeless on the field!  The M's got on the board early in the 2nd with 3 runs.  Granted, two of those runs came on a 2-RBI foul ball to left off the bat of Alex Kelly, but hey, who are we to argue?  Jimbo El Flama Blanca Radovich set the tone early and shut down Bombers hitters all game long.  He bounced back from the prior week with 5 strong innings, allowing only one hit while striking out 6.  The M's tacked on 5 more runs by the end of the 5th to put the game out of reach.  DJ Pennick had two wall-banger singles to right and plated 3 runs for the game.  Clarkey stayed hot with another multi-hit game and AK 26 tacked on an actual legit hit as well to go with his foul ball single.  Just about every Mariner hitter in the lineup reached base at least once, so it was a good effort top to bottom.   

Collin Evenson, a mid-week pick-up from Occidental College (Skip was working even while on vacation!!), made his Mariners team and pitching debut by throwing 3 scoreless innings and being very efficient in the process.  He struck out 4 Bombers hitters while throwing just 8, 8, and 9 pitches in his 3 innings of work.  AK 26 finished the ninth and preserved the shutout in front of his hometown homefield fans.  For their combined shutout effort- Rado, Collin, and AK shared themselves the Jesus, Lake Stevens High School Seems Deep Player of the Game Honor!  Great work fellas. 

The M's will be back in action this Sunday- Father's Day, with a double dip against the defending champion Ravens.  With 1st place in the divsion on the line, let's take it to those guys and win 2.            

Sunday, May 11
Even More New New Look Mariners Win Opener

The Mariners opened their 2014 PSSBL season on Saturday night after being rained out the previous week with a win over one of their long time rivals, the Cannons, 8-3.  After adding 2 more new players within the week- Brent Clarke, who is back after a year hiatus to get his knee rehabbed and right, and Shane Hoey, who came to the Mariners by way of Tyler Abbott...the Mariners are even more new look than originally thought.  It is great to see Brent Clarke back on the diamond after his PCL reconstruction of a year ago.  Clarkey had been a main cog of the Mariner offense the past few years, not to mention a solid defender and dominant pitcher when called upon.  Shane played ball at Gonzaga, BCC, and the University of Hawaii and Abby finally broke him down and got him to come out after he had the itch to play again.  Clarke and Hoey will most definitely solidify the Mariners infield on the D side this season. 

Against the Cannons, Alex Kelly got the start on the mound and pitched very well.  He picked up the victory after going 5 innings, giving up 2 runs (just one earned) while striking out 6 Cannon hitters.  Jim Radovich came on in the 6th and worked through a bit of rust to cruise through the final 4 innings.  After walking 2 of the first 3 hitters he faced, Rado's final line looked like this: 4IP, 1 run, 2 hits, just those 2 walks, and 7 strikeouts.  For their great first outings of the year, AK and Rado earned themselves Co-Meeker Street Bar and Grill Player of the Game Honors!  Great work boys. 

Offensively, the M's picked up their first run of the season in the 2nd inning when Clarkey singled, moved to 2nd when the rookie and 1st Round draft pick Aaron Race was welcomed to the Division by getting drilled in the back, then moved to 3rd on a ground ball out.  After being told prior to the game to take it easy and "don't do anything crazy", Clarkey then took off from 3rd on a pitch that bounced and got behind the catcher.  Everyone held their breath as he slid head first into home plate safely.  

In the 5th, the M's were helped by a few errors by the Cannons and plated 4 more runs to take the lead for good.  John Wayne Lee had a big RBI single to left to highlight the inning.  Aaron Race and Mark Ohlsen led off the 7th with back to back doubles and JLee plated Ohlsen for a 2nd time later in the inning to put the M's at 7.  They tacked on one more in the 9th after Woody's leadoff double and Clarkey's RBI single.  Clarke finished the game with 3 hits, JLee had 2 hits and 2 RBI's as well.  Nate Emmel picked up his first hit as a Mariner in his first at-bat and reached base in all 3 of his plate appearances. 

Overall, it was a good team win. It was nice to get the new guys acquainted with the old guys and it looks like the easy going, smart ass, fun team dynamic will continue on just like it has for the past 11 years.  As is the case with the wonky PSSBL scheduling, the Mariners now have 3 weeks until their next game on May 31.  We don't want to get too comfortable out there to start the season!  Stay tuned, the M's should be at full strength with their entire roster ready to roll within the month.  With the full roster, the M's could be dangerous this season! 

Wednesday, April 30
New Look Mariners Gear Up For Opener

Following last season's abrupt ending in the playoffs where the Mariners got pounced by the Tigers in two straight games, 18-4 and 9-4, the M's are getting ready to kick off their 2014 campaign on Sunday.  If you have been following the Mariners regularly for the past 10 years, and why wouldn't you??, the M's will definitely have a new look this season.  Gone are long time roster regulars Matt Sugarbaker, Dan Rickert, Jeff Parnel, and David Gleb.  Also gone from last season are one year wonders Isaiah Williams and d'Aundray Van Slyke. 

The veterans especially will be tough to replace.  Dan Rickert is the Skyway Mariners career leader in the following categories: PA's, AB's, Runs Scored, Singles, Triples, HBP's, SAC's, and Stolen Bases.  Not to mention his steady defensive presence manning the SS position for the past 11 seasons.  Jeff Parnel is the Mariners career leader in strikeouts (sorry Parneazy, had to throw that in there), but he also led the team in HR's last year.  Matt Sugarbaker is the Mariners career leader in OH HEY's, Skeet Skeet's, and most chatter on the field, and his spirit, energy, and ability to make the team laugh will definitely be missed.  David Gleb, who most likely leads the Mariners in career times being picked off the base paths, was an on base machine the M's won't be able to call upon for a key walk, or clutch base hit. 

Shoogz was a Mariner before the Mariners even started this website, so his tenure is the longest of anyone.  But 11 official seasons from him, 11 from Dano, 10 from Parnel, and 6 from the just wont be the same without you guys this year.  With the departure of Sugarbaker and Rickert, Mark Squared- Mark Ohlsen and Mark Rindy will be the only Mariners entering their 12th season as a Mariner this season.  Rindy has been the rock behind the dish for so long and we have taken advantage of him so much, but he just keeps on getting the job done year after year.  Can somebody say bionic knees?? 

Having said all that, out with the old and in the with new...joining the squad this season are Sean Anderson, Nate Emmel, Iannois Kristonis, Corey Liddil, and Aaron Race.  Sean, like the Skip and current Mariner Garrett Davis are former Willamette Bearcats, is a centerfielder and natural leadoff hitter that the M's are looking to bring speed to the top of the lineup- something they have been lacking the past couple of seasons.  He came by way of buddy pick through his cubicle mate- John Wayne Lee (who is back with the M's after a year hiatus).  Nate Emmel comes to the Mariners by way of buddy pick through AK26 Alex Kelly.  The M's are hoping Nate can step into the SS position this year and keep the defensive stability we have had in that position for so long.  Aaron, Iaonnis, and Corey come to the Mariners by way of the PSSBL draft and we are expecting great things from them as well. 

Also returning this season are the stalwarts of the Mariners pitching staff- Jim Radovich, Kyle Albertson, and Alex Kelly.  Garrett Davis and John Lee will also be important rotation components and DJ Pennick and Mark Rindy will see some spot duty on the bump as well.  Rado, Alby, AK, GDavis, and JLee give the Mariners more pitching depth than any other team in the league, in my humble opinion that is.     

Speaking of Garrett Davis and DJ Pennick- the Mariners two leaders in Batting Average last season are back to wreak havoc on opposing pitchers again this year.  The former Mets settled in nicely with the Mariners last year and were important pieces to the M's 2nd place finish in the Division. 

On paper, the M's squad looks locked and loaded to have another successful season in 2014.  But the game is not played on paper boys, it is played on the field.  So let's bring our energy, our talents, and 100% effort to the yard each and every game.  It's time to have fun as a new team, and win a bunch of ball games along the way.  Our first test, a Sunday 9am start against the Bombers at the newly renovated Island Crest Park.  Let's come out with some fire and take it to those guys from the get.  Be good to your bodies, get yer water, lay off the grease, and hit the pancake this Sunday.  The 2014 season is officially underway.   

Thee OLD Skipper Out!        

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