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Mark Ohlsen
Seattle Area, Washington

Monday, August 12
Mariners Lose a Tough One Saturday Night

Bless me Father for I have sinned, it has been about one month since my last write-up.  In that time, the Mariners have gone onto a 7-2 record and really put a stranglehold on 2nd place in the Olympic Division.  Their 2nd loss in that span came on Saturday at the hands of the Brewers, although the outcome could have been much different had a few calls gone the correct direction.  Before we get to that, however, let's recap the past 9 games quickly:

July 19, Mariners 6-Cannons 2.  Alex Kelly pitches 6 strong innings to earn Player of the Game Honors.  Rado comes on to throw 3 shutout no-hit innings to finish the game.  DJ and the Glebinator chip in with multi- hit games

July 22, Mariners 9-Bombers 1. Ryan Woodward goes CRAY finishing 4 for 4 with 2 doubles and 3 RBI's to earn Player of the Game Honors.

July 26, Mariners 7-Brewers 5. DJ Pennick and Tyler Abbott finally get the Mariners in the home run column with one apiece.  For their home run efforts, they share the Player of the Game Award. 

July 28, Ravens 5-Mariners 3.  For the 2nd time in a row, the Mariners get mowed down by the Ravens right-hander and take the loss.  G Davis and D Gleb are able to notch two hits apiece to share Player of the Game Honors. 

July 30, Mariners 8-Bombers 0.  d'Aundray Van Slyke joins the home run club with his 1st of the year before throwing 3 dominant innings in which he struck out 6 and Matt Sugarbaker tosses 6 innings of shutout baseball to share Player of the Game Honors.  Not to mention the Bombers GM walks off the field in mid-inning to the dismay of everyone in the park.  That was weird. 

Aug 3, Mariners 2-Tigers 1.  Kyle Albertson throws his first complete game of the season and wiggles out of trouble on a couple of occasions to earn the win and his 4th Player of the Game Honors of the season!  G Davis and d'Aundray both notched 2 hits apiece on the offense side. 

Aug 4, Mariners 5-Brewers 3. The Mariners score 5 runs on only 5 hits while Jim Radovich throws 7 innings of shutout baseball.  For his pitching effort Rado earned his 2nd Player of the Game award for the year. 

Aug 8, Mariners 6-Tigers 4. Garrett Davis tosses 7 strong innings to pick up the win and his 2nd Player of the Game nod.  Dan Rickert and Alex Kelly picked up 2 hits apiece in the contest as well. 

Which brings us back to Saturday night.  With the Mariners trailing 7-1 going into the bottom of the ninth, things looked pretty bleak.  But after a leadoff single by Ryan Woodward, followed by a walk and another single by Mark Rindy, the M's looked to be starting a rally.  A bases loaded single by Matt Sugarbaker (his 3rd hit of the contest) kept the bases loaded and decreased the lead to 7-2.  Another single by Jeff Parnel cut the lead to 7-3 and things were getting interesting.  Isaiah Williams followed with another single to make it 7-4 with bases still loaded and nobody out.  A pitching change led to a comebacker in which the Brewers got the force out at home plate.  The catcher then turned and threw to 1st in an attempt to get the double play but d'Aundray (probably the fastest Mariners runner) appeared to beat the ball to the bag.  But, in accordance with his performance all night long, the 1st base umpire blew the call and ruled d'Aundray out at 1st base.  Now with two outs and guys on 2nd and 3rd, the M's still had a chance.  Dan Rickert came to the plate and banged a ball into the 6 hole.  On a nice backhand play, the shortstop fielded and threw to 1st.  Again, it appeared that Dano clearly beat the throw to the bag, but again...the 1st base umpire ruled him out.  Keep in mind, this was already after he had ruled Sugarbaker out earlier in the game on an appeal play in which he said Shoogy missed 1st base.  3 brutal calls by one umpire that changed the course of the game.  The Skip is not usually one to place blame on umpires, but this one was pretty blatantly bad. 

Even with the loss, the M's remain in 2nd place in the Olympic Division 3 games ahead of the 3rd place Tigers.  With only 5 games left on the regular season schedule, the M's only need to win 2 to lock up their 1st round playoff bye.  With Garrett Davis already back at school, and d'Aundray and Kyle Albertson soon to follow, the rest of the Mariners roster needs to pick up the slack.  Mariner hitters need to catch fire and give some run support to a pitching staff that will be depleted come playoff time.  Unfortunately, this loss will sit for awhile as the M's are not back in action until Saturday against the Bombers at the COX.  3:30 game time, bring your best Woody and lay off the upmires, no matter how bad they are. 

Monday, July 15
Rusty Mariners Can't Get Bats Going, Lose to Ravens

After a two week hiatus following their previous game, the M's dropped another early morning matchup against the Ravens Sunday, 5-2.  The M's got solid performances from Garrett Davis and Kyle Albertson on the mound (yet again), but the Mariner offense could only scratch out 7 hits and two walks- which led to their only 2 runs.  Jeff Parnel and David Gleb had two hits apiece- which means there weren't many other hits to go around for the rest of the lineup. 

Now that the schedule begins to pick up and games will be occurring much more frequently, hopefully that will allow Mariner hitters to start getting into the groove.  The Mariners have proven that their pitching will be solid all season long.  When the defense is making the plays that should be made, the offense hasn't had to do much to win ball games.  With many of their leading hitters off to slow starts, the Skipper is hoping that we have a lot of hits and runs stored up for the taking the second half of the season.  Plus, the M's have only had their full compliment of offensive stars together in the same lineup for two games this we haven't really had the opportunity to show off our full strength lineup to this point. 

Friday night, the M's are back in action against the Cannons at Russell Road Park at 7pm.  Friday Night lights baby!  No more 9am games for the rest of the season- which means there should be no reason to come out flat with no energy from now on.  We want to maintain our 2nd place standing or better, so we can earn a first round bye in the playoffs.  Let's get back on track Friday and get our bats rolling like they should be.      

Monday, June 24
Mariners Rally Late, Squeak Out a Tie

The Mariners managed to pull out a tie against the Bombers on Sunday morning after things looked bleak late.  Trailing by 4 going into the 9th, the M's rallied for 5 to take a one run lead.  Unfortunately, they couldn't hold the lead and gave up one run in the bottom half for the tie.  Notoriously and historically bad in 9am games, the M's looked to be still asleep on defense on Sunday.  7 errors are tough to overcome, so the M's were actually a bit lucky to come away with a tie. 

Things started off pretty quickly for the M's getting men on base in each of the first two innings.  But nothing came to fruition until the 3rd when the M's went on a two-out so what rally.  The Glebinator was the first to reach base via the walk, i know- weird.  He then went to 2nd on a passed ball and was knocked home by Isaiah Williams on a right center gap shot line drive double.  Garrett Davis then doubled Isaiah home for Mariner run #2. 

In the 4th, the double barrage continued when Mark Rindy bashed a ball off the left field wall, and then DJ Pennick bashed a ball off the right field wall for another double to plate the third Mariner run of the ball game. 

The 5th inning marked the pitching debut of newly acquired d'Aundray Van Slyke.  With the M's up 3-1, little d big A was not able to record an out from the 6 hitters he faced.  It was a combination of bad luck, maybe some nerves, and lack of location command that ended up being the demise of his first outing.  So the M's turned to Mr. Reliable in 2013- Kyle Albertson to work out of a jam, and he did just that- only allowing one of his 3 inherited runners to score to limit the damage and keep the Mariners close at 5-3. 

Tyler Abbott drove in a single run for the M's in the 6th to cut the lead to 1, and Alby finished his day with 6 up and 6 down.  Having pitched the day before, the Skip wanted to minimize the wear and tear on his arm. 

After nothing doing for the M's in the 7th, the Bombers put together a 3-run 7th of their own.  With the help of a couple of errors in the field, and a great opposite field hitting approach that led to 5 total hits in the inning and 3 consecutive at one point- the Bombers extended their lead to 8-4.  A quiet 8th for both teams led to the roller coaster of a 9th.

Isaiah Williams led off with a sharp single- his 2nd hit of the ball game.  Alex Kelly then looped a single into left to spark the excitement in the Mariners dugout.  After a fielder's choice, Dan Rickert laced a single to left to score Isaiah.  Tyler Abbott followed with another single to plate Garrett Davis to cut the lead to 2.  An infield pop up gave the Mariners two outs.  But, that didn't phaze DJ Pennick at all as he came up and smashed a single to left to load the bases.  A wild pitch scored the Mariners 7th run and Ryan Woodward worked a walk to re-load the bases.  That brought to the plate the Skipper- who is in the midst of his worst and longest running slump of his mariners career.  In fact, the Skip came into the game hitting 230 points lower than his average from all of last year and was hitless in two official at bats in this game as well.  On a 1-1 curveball, however, Ohly calmly lofted one down the left field line just out of the reach of a diving left fielder to plate the tying and go ahead runs.  It has been a double or nothing season for Mark Ohlsen this year- 4 of his 5 hits on the season have gone for doubles.  On the play, Ryan Woodward tried to score from 1st, but his old, weary legs prevented him from getting there on time and he was thrown out at the plate. 

With the lead, Garrett Davis induced the leadoff hitter into your typical 1-6-3 groundout for the first out of the inning.  The next batter literally leaned over the plate to get hit and was rewarded the base from the incompetent home plate umpire.  He then attempted to steal 2nd, but the throw sailed into right center allowing him to take 3rd as well.  A single tied up the ball game.  Another single put runners on 1st and 2nd with only the one out.  Ian McClure then made the play of the ball game on a tough short hop ground ball in which his tagged the oncoming runner on his way to 3rd base.  He tagged with such vigor that he couldn't get a good handle on the baseball to try to get the double play on either of the other runners.  But G Davis got himself another ground ball out to end the threat in the 9th and end the ball game in an anti-climactic i would rather kiss my sister time limit tie.  Tie?  There's no tying in baseball!  Well, except for in the PSSBL that is!

With his two hit day and pure exuberance and excitement he brings to the table, Isaiah Williams earned his first ever 5-hour Energy Fist Pump Player of the Game Honor!  Congrats Isaiah.  The Mariners continue their once per week every Sunday schedule as they take on the Tigers for the 3rd time already this season Sunday morning at 9am (yes, another 9am let's break the trend) at Marymoor Park.  Jim Radovich will return to the hill to see if he can upgrade from El Blow Torch back to his El Flamethrower status of old.  Let's come out with the energy we had in the 9th from the get go and Skin some Cats on Sunday.  See you all there.   

Wednesday, June 19
M's Pitching Dominates Again in Win

The Mariners beat the Cannons on Sunday afternoon 7-1 to get their record above .500 for the first time this season.  The story of this game was the dominant Mariner pitching- 1 run, only 3 hits, no walks, and 8 K's.  Jim Radovich and Kyle Albertson combined to mow through Cannon hitters in only 103 total pitches for the game.  Rado moved his El Candle Flicker status up to El Blow Torch after his performance on Sunday.  Still not quite ready to fully reclaim his El Flamethrower moniker yet, but maybe in due time. 

Offensively, the Mariners patient hitting approach led to 12 walks, 8 hits, 7 runs, 2 HBP's and runners on base all game long.  Tyler Abbott and Ryan Woodward picked up 2 hits apiece in the 3-4 spots while Garrett Davis and Dan Rickert scored 2 runs apiece at the top of the lineup.  The newest Mariner, d'Aundray Van Slyke, had a solid debut going 1 for 3 with a walk, run scored, and 2 stolen bases- something the Mariner lineup desperately needs...a burst of speed. 

For their combined effort on the mound, Rado and Alby shared the EQC Ted Nugent Concert Player of the Game Honor.  Get yer Cat Scratch Fever fellas! 

Defensively, the M's played their first error free game of the season Sunday.  They made all of the plays (with some help of the super agility of Matt Sugarbaker over at 1st base) and it just proves the old addage that pitching and defense wins ballgames.  It should be noted that when the M's make 3 errors or more, they have lost all 3 ball games.  When the M's make 2 errors or less, they have won those 4 games...go figure. 

The M's still haven't even hit their full stride on offense.  Once we get everyone hot at the same time, watch out...we will be dangerous!  The M's take on the Bombers this Sunday at Russell Road bright and early at 9am.  This game should help get the offense on track.  Take it easy on Saturday night, set your alarms early for Sunday, and get a good breakfast in.  Let's keep the winning trend going.   

Monday, June 10
Mariners Even Record at 3 Wins, 3 Losses

The Mariners eventually ended up with a full squad for the first time this season and used that manpower to beat the Tigers 6-4 on Sunday evening at the COX.  Evidently, Jeff Parnel is an expert at using his COX wood stroke, going 3 for 3 with a double, run scored, RBI, and stolen base.  Isaiah Williams came up with a big clutch, 2-out 2 RBI single as well to put the Mariners ahead for good in the 7th inning.  Now that is production from the bottom part of the lineup!  Ryan Woodward also had a clutch 2-out single to get the Mariners on the board in the 4th.  Not only did he come up with the single, but he put the crazy spin on it- so crazy was the spin that it allowed the Skipper to score all the way from first you know that ball had to be spinning hard for that to happen! 

Jim "formerly known as El Flamethrower, now known more as El Candle Flicker" Radovich made his first start of the season for the Mariners and looked pretty good considering it has been over a month since his last outing.  Rado went 6 innings, gave up 4 runs on 7 hits and struck out 5 to pick up his first win of the season.  Kyle Albertson- "the cheater" came on in the 7th to some controversy (go figure when he is pitching) as he went out in spikes when spikes are evidently not allowed even on the mound at the COX.  Evidently, spikes and COX are not a combination.  So, David Gleb, being the team guy that he is, gave Kyle the shoes off his feet and Alby put the hi-tops to work with some great success.  3 innings, 2 hits, no runs, and 5 K's of his own to pick up his first save of the season. 

Quality efforts by a lot of guys in this one, but with his big offensive day Jeffrey Parnel picked up the Colon Cleanse via Hydration Powder Mix by Spark Player of the Game Honors.  It is Parneazy's first POG this year!  Congrats Jeff, may the porcelain Gods be kind to you. 

A few things to note from Sunday's game: G Davis got lost on the way to the game and then locked his keys in the car while attempting to get directions (this from a kid who attends one of the most prestigious academic colleges on the West Coast). Tyler Abbott lost a bit of his manhood going from a 33 inch stick down to a 32.  If i lost another inch off my stick, i would have an innie instead of an outie!  Adin Pennington, a long time Mariner that hopes to be back on the diamond very soon, made a welcome appearance in the dugout to see the guys.  It was great to see Lil AP, and hopefully we have him back out in no time.  The Mariners picked up 3 stolen bases on Sunday, a speed outburst rarely seen by the blue, teal, and grey.  Garrett Davis atoned for his late arrival by throwing a runner out at the plate from center field on an absolute missile over the mound.  Matt Sugarbaker is the only Mariner hitter to pick up at least one hit in all 6 games so far this season- hit the pancake Shooggy and stay hot!  Out of the 7 hits Rado gave up on Sunday, at least 2 that i remember came on 0-2 counts...No RADO'S!! 

The M's have another week off and play again on Sunday at 12:30 at Russell Road against the Cannons.  We are down a game in the loss column to the Ravens and Brewers, let's get ourselves above the .500 mark and keep the mojo risin.  See you all on Sunday.      

Monday, June 3
Mariners Lose on a Walk-Off

The Mariners suffered another tough loss on Sunday afternoon at the hands of the Brewers this time.  Another game of "coulda's" that has been the story of the M's early season so far.  This time, it was Old Man River in left field that let the team down when he couldn't throw a runner out at the plate from shallow left field in the 7th that tied the game, then made a crucial error on a pop up down the line to leadoff the 9th.  The Skip was also one step short in his diving attempt on the game winning walk off single to end the game in the left center field gap.  All in all, just more signs that the Skip has lost a few steps in his old age and has become somewhat of a defensive liability...fuel he will use the rest of the season to get one of those lost steps back! 

Lost in the shuffle was another quality outing from the Mariners workhorse starter- Kyle Albertson.  Kyle was rolling along until the 7th when the Brewers were able to string some hits together and put the tying 3 runs on the board to make it 5-5.  Still, Kyle went 7 innings, struck out 6, walked 2, and gave up only 4 earned runs.  Alex Kelly came on in the 8th with a nice 1-2-3 inning.  But then the leadoff error in the 9th, a sac bunt, an intentional walk, a single (where the runner was thrown at at the plate from right field on a laser throw from Abby), and another single eventually won it for the Brew Crew. 

Offensively, the M's had their chances to put up some big numbers yet again.  But somehow, we are stuck at 5 runs as our limit.  Abby was the only Mariner hitter to notch 2 hits.  Dan-O and the Skip drove in 2 runs apiece.  But the Mariners left another 11 runners on base- a problem they have had all season long, especially late in the ball game.  Isaiah Williams finally got on the board with his first hit of the season, a solid single to right center in the 3rd.  He promptly went 1st to 3rd on a pick-off attempt that went awry.  Jeff Parnel flashed some signs of youth with a stolen base in the 8th, but that is where he stayed as the M's couldn't pick him up and drive him in.  For his 2 for 4 effort with a walk and RBI and outfield assist in the 9th, Tyler Abbott earned his first Super Beta Prostate Player of the Game Honor.  Great game Abby! 

The once a week schedule continues next week as the Mariners are not in action again until Sunday against the Tigers at the COX.  Break out your woodies, the COX is ready to be stroked.   

Tuesday, May 21
M's Pick up Back to Back Victories

Games on consecutive days taxed the less than full strength roster of the Mariners on Sunday and Monday, but they still manaaged to come away with two wins.  When you have the secret weapon known as Kyle "Albysure" Albertson, overcoming any obstacle seems possible.  Alby made his 3rd start on the mound Monday night in just the 4th Mariner game of the season.  He kept his newly rebuilt delivery rolling to the tune of 8 shutout innings on just 4 hits while striking out 10 Cannon hitters.  Unfortunately, the Mariner defense let Alby down in his 1st two outings, so this was just Kyle's first official win of the year.  All this after catching 9 innings the day before.  Oh, the advantages of being a young and in baseball shape athlete (most of the Mariner roster can only reminisce about those days, not actually live them out anymore). 

Even though we finished with 3 errors, the leather side flashed some signs of brilliance at times as well.  Web gems included a great diving play up the middle by Alex Kelly in which he was able to force the runner out at 2nd base.  Garrett Davis made a diving catch in shallow center field on a sinking line drive and got his knee stuck in the turf in the process.  And Isaiah "Three Willy" Williams made a great play on a shed scraper pop up in foul territory behind 3rd base in the tough twilight sky. 

At the plate, newly acquired Garrett Davis flashed his "i am not a pitcher only" skill set by slashing two well struck barrel shot RBI singles and adding on another hustle single in which he beat the throw to first on an infield groundball.  Mark Rindizzle bashed another 2 right-center field doubles in the game as well.  Rindy has hit more balls to the right side of the diamond already this season than the last 2 seasons combined!  I like the approach Sticks!

For the 8 shutout innings of work, Kyle Albertson earned himself the Gas-X Wood Bench Vibrations Player of the Game honor!  Remember not to sit next to Dan-O next game out. 

A few other items of note from last night's game: the Skip scored from 3rd base on a come backer to the that doesn't happen all that often (i learned my evasive sliding tactics from Shoogz the night before)!  Alex Kelly aka AK-26 picked up his 2nd save of the season when he was called upon to get that toughest 27th out after the Cannons put together a rally in the 9th.  AK worked the slow curve to strike out the would-be tying run at the plate.  It must be a miserable life to be the cleat patrol/roof foul ball getter at ECC, that guy did not seem all that happy.  If more umpires could be like the home plate guy we had last night, it would be a much happier league.  The Rock is a sweet post-game watering hole because i got my soda for free...must have thought i was the DD or something.  Little did he know i wasn't the DD, i just have "DD" man boobs.

Now that we seem to be gelling as a team and starting to get on a role, the PSSBL says, "not so fast my friend..." you now have 2 weeks off!  Next game isn't until Sunday, June 2 at Lower Hollywoodlandia.  Get ready for Abby to have a breakout game there!  Chyyeeeeaaaaahhhhh! 

Monday, May 20
The "Real Mariners" get 1st Win of the 2013 Season

The Mariners played their 3rd game of the season and picked up their first W at perhaps the most entertaining venue that the PSSBL schedules games- Bobby Morris Field at Cal Anderson Park in the heart of Captial Hill.  Garrett Davis, another first time Mariner, made his season debut on the mound straight off his collegiate season at Willamette University.  Garret threw 5 2/3 strong innings, gave up just 3 runs on 5 hits while pitching through some arm tightness to notch win number one.  Alex Kelly came on in relief for an easy 10-out save in which he looked much more comfortable than his first outing.  AK-26 did not give up a hit and allowed only one base runner on a throwing error in the 7th.  It should be noted that Mariners only made one error on Sunday, a far better effort than the 5 errors made in each of their 1st two games.  For their pitching efforts, both G Davis and A Kelly earned the Muscle Milk Herban Legends Medical Marijuana Dispensary Player of the Game Honor!  Congrats to the both of you. 

Some other highlights from the game on Sunday: players in the dugout were asked about 17 times if they were the "real Mariners", the Muscle Milk girls came by in the 2nd inning and dropped off Muscle Milks for the entire squad, we were treated with a fake two finger pistol show prior to the game by a dude who was about 3 eggs short of a dozen, we were treated with a shirtless (male unfortunately) yoga/stretching/soccer routine in right center field throughout the majority of the first half of the game, the same shirtless male was then almost tattooed by a gap shot double later in the game, another tweaked out dude made sure that Isaiah was aware that he made a nice play in the field in the 4th when on a ground ball to 3rd with men on 1st and 3rd- Isaiah faked the throw to 1st and got the runner on 3rd in a rundown to shut down what would have been the Ravens 4th run of the ball game (it was shouted at least 10 times..."that was a nice play #3!!), and of course how could we forget, the Matrix like evasive maneuvers that the Sugar Baffler displayed when avoiding a tag at first base on an errant throw.  I guess the 3 consecutive doubles and 5 run 3rd inning wasn't too shabby either. 

All in all, it was a great team effort that earned the M's their first victory and temporarily halted the sports talk radio criticism of the Mariners Skipper.  With the M's defense playing much better and the M's offense having not yet living up to their full potential, the future is bright.  If we can get everyone locked and loaded at the dish, the M's will be a force to be reckoned with in the Olympic Division this year.  No time to relish this win as the Mariners are back in action tonight at Edmonds Community College against the much improved Cannons.  The Cannons are in 1st place so far this year, so let's take them down!  Kyle Albertson, who has been the early MVP for the Mariners this season, will take the hill for his 3rd start in 4 ball games.  Add in the fact that he caught nine innings yesterday and picked up a batting average in his first offical at bat of the year...ALBY is hot!  Let's focus in and get back to .500 boys. 

Monday, May 6
Mariners Bobble and Throw Away Season Opener

The Mariners offense and defense were not particularly sharp on Sunday morning against the defending champion Ravens, and that is not a good combination to win a ball game.  In the end, the m's dropped their 2013 season opener, 5-3.  

Big surprise, the Ravens opened the season with Jeremy Thornton on the bump- the Thorn that has been in the Mariners side for the past 5 seasons.  Thor was his usual solid self, giving up just 4 base hits and 4 walks, while breaking at least 3 woodies.  The amazing part was that it is our first game out for the year, and he threw down 144 pitches!  Does that guys arm ever get tired??  Even with those numbers, the Mariners had their chances to do some damage.  In the 2nd, the Skip managed to get his old body down to 2nd base with nobody out after a leadoff walk and wild pitch.  But at 2nd base is where he stayed to watch two infield pop-ups and a strikeout. 

The M's were able to get on the board first in the 4th inning after some adventuresome baserunning by Ian McClure.  Another leadoff walk put Ian aboard.  He looked to be picked off after a fake bunt attempt, but the tag was not applied.  Then an errant throw on another pickoff attempt allowed Ian to take 2nd.  On a fairly shallow fly to right, Ian decided to tag and try to take third- the throw was right online but fortunately, glanced off Ian which allowed him to slide safely into 3rd.  DJ Pennick then plated the first Mariner run of the season with a ground ball to 2nd base. 

Meanwhile, after learning he was starting the game about 10 minutes prior to game time, Kyle Albertson (the most controversial player in the league last season) was quietly going about his business for the first 4 innings- allowing only one base runner via an error in the 4th.  After an out in the 5th, another M's error allowed his 2nd base runner to reach.  Finally, the Ravens were then able to touch Alby up for their first hit of the ball game.  Alby calmly induced the next Ravens hitter into a lazy fly ball to center for the 2nd out of the inning.  Another ground ball looked to be end of the inning, but it took a bad hop and handcuffed the M's shortstop and didn't allow him to get the force at 2nd.  Bases loaded and Alby says, "no problem, i will get the next guy."  Sure enough, another ground ball to 3rd and instead of firing across the diamond for the 3rd out, the ball went sailing to 2nd to an uncovered bag and allowed 2 runs to score.  Tack on another run with a line drive that just barely cleared a leaping effort at 2nd...and the Ravens took a 3-1 lead after 5. 

The M's did come back with another single tally in the 6th.  Mr On Base Percentage, David Gleb led off the inning with a walk and moved to 2nd on a Jeff Parnel single.  Isaiah gave himself up to sacrifice the runners up a station and then Shoogz looked to have his 2nd hit of the game on a sharp ground ball that looked like it was on its way through the infield until the 2nd baseman slid and made a great play to get up and throw Shoogz out at 1st while saving an additional run from scoring.  The M's stranded Parnel at 3rd to end the inning trailing 3-2. 

Mr Gasoline- El Flamethrower himself took over in the 6th after running out of gas on his way to the game.  Rado looked efficient early- 1, 2, 3 inning to start his season off right.  But in the 7th, a squibber to start the inning snuck past the 2nd baseman for the M's 4th error of the game.  Then a throw your hands at the ball bleeder down the right field line, an opposite field bloop gapper, and an infield single later...the Ravens had two more runs. 

DJ came back right away in the 8th and started the inning with a single and took 2nd on a mungous jump stolen base.  The Skip squared up his 2-2 pitch but basically just played catch with the Commish- a line drive straight to the CF.  Woodward reached on an error, Rindy singled to load the bases, and Gleb did what he do and earned his 2nd walk of the ballgame to force in the Mariners 3rd run.  But a pop up to 2nd and a grounder to short ended the M's threat in the 8th. 

Daniel Guajardo made his Mariners debut on the bump in the 9th and pitched an effective 1, 2, 3 eight-pitch eighth.  Great effort after sitting all game long waiting to get out there and show his stuff!  With their last chance in the 9th, the M's got their leadoff man aboard, but ended the game with a strikeout, comebacker to the pitcher, and grounder to short. 

Not a terrible first effort given their outside work has been limited to hardly any.  But it was a game of coulda-beens for the Mainers.  The good news is that Mariners pitchers all looked very good against a good hitting Ravens team.  So that bodes well for the season going forward.  Now if we can sharpen up our defense and get our bats going, we will be set.  The Mariners next game is against the Tigers next Tuesday.  Time to heat up the bats after investing in some quality composites.  No more firewood needed after game 1.  See y'all Tuesday night!         

Wednesday, May 1
Mariners 2013 Season Gets Underway on Sunday

The Skyway Mariners 2013 season is set to kick off this Sunday against the defending champion Ravens at 9am at Bellevue College.  The upcoming season will be an interesting one given that the M’s will have 6 new team members.  That is the highest turnover in Mariner history.  Two of the new guys the M’s are very familiar with, being former Mets in the Olympic Division, and actually have a connection to the Skipper in their own ways.  DJ Pennick, a long time Mariner nemesis will now be bringing his talents to Skyway Beach.  DJ and the Skip played together at Green River CC way back in the day and the M’s are hoping DJ’s 2012 .455 batting average carries over to this year (which we are sure it will as DJ is a natural hitting machine).  Garrett Davis, also a former Met, pitched for the Mariners in the 4th of July Tournament a couple of years back, and is currently attending the Skipper’s alma mater- Willamette University.  G Davis and his .393 batting average plus 14 stolen bases should bring some speed that the M’s have been lacking in recent years and ultimately lead to more run production.  Both players can also expect to see some spot duty on the mound also.     

The Mariners also drafted 4 brand newbies to the team for 2013.  Mark Ohlsen, the Mariners GM, was able to work some draft day magic to line up 4 picks in a row…and with the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th picks, the M’s selected Alex Kelly, Ian McClure, Daniel Guajardo, and Isaiah Williams.  The Mariners had defense and pitching in mind with their draft selections, and pitching and defense is what we are hoping to get!  It would be nice if all 4 could contribute offensively as well.  One thing we do know about the 4 is that Danny G will not be stepping on the foul line on the way onto or off the field as evidently he is as superstitious as Cerrano in Major League.  Keep your chickens close, and your Allstate Auto Insurance closer!

Given that we have 6 new guys coming in, you would expect that we have lost some guys from last year as well- which is indeed the case.  Brent Clarke, the M’s leadoff hitter and utility man extraordinaire is out for 2013 with a torn PCL that forced Clarkey into having surgery.  Clarke was off to an MVP first half in 2012 until an oblique strain slowed him down for the 2nd half.  The M’s will miss his bat at the top of the lineup, his ability to play multiple positions on defense, his nasty stuff on the bump, and his entertaining conversations in the dugout, on the field, and especially with the umpires. 

John Lee will also be missed in 2013.  Probably the best overall pitcher for the M’s in 2012 (4 wins in 7 games plus 2 more wins in the playoffs and a miniscule 2.18 ERA), J Lee was also 3rd in batting average, 2nd in on base percentage, and 1st in being the nicest guy in the league!  His conversations out loud to himself on the mound, his exuberant outbursts, and his Big Sexy persona will be tough to replace. 

Mike Roe and Luke Farden were first time Mariners last year that unfortunately played a one and done role.  Mikey was the speed the Mariners never had…stealing bags and running down balls in the outfield.  Luke Farden was an intimidator on the mound and solid in the field.  Lil AP, Adin Pennington, always seemed to come up with a clutch hit no matter how long he had been out for…so the M’s will have to elsewhere for those clutch base knocks and off the wall comments as well.  Probably the hardest to replace from our 2012 roster will be Jason Salers.  0 for 6 with 5K’s and a broken bat comebacker to the pitcher…wherever can we can that kind of production?  ZING!

The M’s do have their core group coming back- Mark Ohlsen, Jeff Parnel, Tyler Abbott, Ryan Woodward, Dan Rickert, Mark Rindy, Matt Sugarbaker, David Gleb, and Jim Radovich are all long time Mariners that are another year older and another year savvier.  It should be noted that the Skip is coming off an Olympic Division MVP season even though I think the ballots were tallied by the same groups that counted votes in the 2000 Bush vs Gore presidential campaign.  Abby and Shoogz are coming into the season leaner and meaner than ever (both have lost some weight over the offseason), so let’s hope that means big things for both of them this year.  Parnel, Rindy, Wood, and Rickert are all dads hoping to live the dream for one more season before it becomes ALL about the kids!  Gleb, Mr. On Base himself, is hoping to make it less of an adventure on the basepaths this season since he finds himself there so often.  And Jimbo El Flame Thrower Radovich is looking to rekindle his youth and return to his dominant form of old instead of just getting old (although to reach that physical form, he may have to forego a beer or two and drop the banker 30 that has mysteriously appeared) .  Rado says he is ready to hunt some Ravens, slay some Tigers, defuse the Bombers, stifle the Cannons, and drink some Brewers (wait…I thought we wanted to avoid drinking the Brewers- 4 out 5 ain’t bad).  Priority number one on Rado’s agenda- no 0-2 laser beam knocks this year!

Season preview would not be complete without mentioning Mr. Controversy himself- the most controversial player in the entire league last season…the jumper, the lunger, the launcher…Kyle Abertson.  Kyle says he is bringing a new pitching delivery with him from George Fox University this season.  Let’s see how long it takes for an illegal pitch to be called.  If it is early, I can already feel Clarkey jumping straight out of his newly acquired knee brace!  Somebody go talk to that guy. 

All in all, the Mariners are primed and ready for a strong season.  This is the year the M’s hope to bring home the Olympic Division title that has eluded them the past 4 seasons.   With the added talent, the returning talent, and the talent on display in the stands, there should be no reason we can’t win this thing.  Be good to your bodies, get yer water, hit the flat one at the plate, use your legs on the mound, and always remember- thoughts are things boys.    

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