Silver Bay baseball looking strong headed into playoffsEven though the season didn’t start out ideally for the Mariners baseball club, they have been able to battle back and become hot heading into the playoffs.
By: Matt Suoja, Lake County News Chronicle
Even though the season didn’t start out ideally for the Mariners baseball club, they have been able to battle back and become hot heading into the playoffs.
“I think we are playing our best baseball right now,” said Head Coach Ward Kaiser. “We could surprise some teams in the playoffs.”
The Mariners played McGregor in the playoffs Wednesday.
Last Wednesday, the team pounded Barnum 9-1 to finish up a game played earlier in the season that was delayed by poor weather.
Jake Topp found the win striking out 11. Hunter Panetti went 2-for-3 and Cody Larson also produced a couple hits including a home run. Topp helped himself with a double and Zach Bulen went 2-for-3.
Last Thursday, the Mariners blew out Cotton 13-3. Tyler McMillen got the win for the Mariners.
Panetti had an offensive outburst slashing two bombs with three hits altogether, plus four runs. Tanner Viola also hit a home run to go along with a double.
They weren’t the only offense in the game. Topp went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored and McMillen added two hits, scoring twice.
So why the late season turnaround?
“We just didn’t have the time outside [at the beginning of the season],” Kaiser said. “Being a younger team, we needed more experience.”
With a recent string of strong performances, the Mariners have gained that experience and hope to go far in the playoffs.