Silver Bay falls to McGregor 6-5Silver Bay had a runner on third with two outs in the bottom of the seventh and were down 6-5, but could not get him home and fell by one run at home to the McGregor Mercuries .
By: Steve Gow , Lake County News Chronicle
Silver Bay had a runner on third with two outs in the bottom of the seventh and were down 6-5, but could not get him home and fell by one run at home to the McGregor Mercuries .
Jake Topp went the distance on the mound for the Bay and took the hard luck loss despite striking out 12 McGregor batters. McGregor finished with 6 runs on 10 hits while the Mariners scored 5 times on 13 hits. Zerek Marsyla went the distance for McGregor and had 11 K's.
A seeing eye single followed by a line drive base hit gave McGregor a 1-0 lead after one inning of play. They upped it to 2-0 in the top of the second following a walk and back to back singles as Alex Carlstrom drove in T.J.Troup.
The Mariners got on the board in their half of the second when Warren Carter singled with two outs and scored on a hit by Ryan DeShaw. The Bay tied it up in their half of the third when Jake Topp doubled with two outs and scored off a single by Hunter Panetti.Singles by Tanner Viola and Luke Thun loaded the bases with Mariners, but they could score no more in that inning.
In the top of the fourth McGregor scored twice more to take the lead for good. Back to back to back singles scored Chris Novotny and Alex Carlstrom to make it 4-2 in favor of the Mercuries. The Bay scored a run in the fifth and then literally ran themselves out of the inning. With one out Cody Larson and Dustin LaVigne hit back to back doubles that scored Larson. Larson leaped over the catcher who was waiting for him about 8 feet down the line and was called safe by the home plate umpire.
However following an umpire conference he was called out via the new rule which requires you to slide into home and not collide with the catcher. It also bans leaping over the carcher even if you make no contact with him. After Zach Bulen singled to score LaVigne, he was thrown out at second trying to make it three doubles in a row.
McGregor scored twice more in their fifth at bat in the game to go up 6-3 via two singles and two Mariner errors. Carter drove in Viola in the bottom of the fifth to make it 6-4. After a scoreless sixth and top of the seventh, the Mariners came to bat needing two to tie and three to win. Panetti reached base via an error and a Viola single put runners at the corners with nobody out. Following a strikeout, a ground out by Carter scored Panetti and another ground out ended the game.
All nine Mariner batters had at least one base hit.Bulen, Panetti, Viola and Carter each had two hits and Carter added two RBIs. Panetti and Viola each reached base three times. The number nine batter for McGregor, Novotny had three three singles and reached base in all four of his at bats.
With the loss, the Mariners fall to 0-4 on the young season. After a opening season loss to the Agates, the Bay fell 10-0 to Floodwood in five innings on the road. Then they fell 9-3 to Cook County in their home opener despite leading 2-0 after one inning of play.