Marauders battling against Wesco 4A’s top teams | Softball
Last updated 4/17/2019 at Noon
young Mariner team continues to make progress but still has plenty of work to do at the midpoint of the regular season.
The Marauders faced two of their biggest challenges of the year against league leader Glacier Peak and defending state champion Jackson in Wesco 4A softball play last week.
While Mariner lost 16-0 to the Grizzlies and 17-0 to the Timberwolves, coach Nathan Beachy saw signs of improved play from the Marauders, who also fell 16-6 earlier in the week to Cascade.
The Marauders only trailed 3-0 after the first two innings against Jackson before an 8-run third inning outburst. Mariner can hang with its Wesco 4A rivals when the defense is doing its job.
“We caught fly balls and made the plays that we needed to make,” Beachy said. “If we can make the plays, we can stay competitive. We’re getting there.
“We didn’t get dominated by the good teams. We just didn’t put the ball in play hard. When we did it was right at people.”
Jackson’s Amanda Wingert pitched a no-hitter and the Marauders only had two hits against Glacier Peak.
“Our bats went on spring break,” Beachy said.
Mariner did have its best offensive performance against a league opponent against the Bruins, scoring six runs on eight hits. The Marauders trailed 7-2 after two innings but then rallied for four runs in the fourth and fifth innings to cut the deficit to 7-6. Cascade, however, responded with five runs in the fifth and four runs in the sixth inning to pull away.
“We really fought back and started putting the ball in play,” Beachy said. “Then the defense kind of fell apart. The mistakes on defense trickled down to our approach on offense.”
Mariner (0-6 in the league. 1-11 overall) hosts Monroe at 4 p.m., Friday, April 19, to start the second half of the regular season.
Beachy said the focus is improving the Marauders’ defense.
“I would love to see our defense step up and support our pitchers,” he said. “We need to make the routine plays continually.”
Freshman Alexis Slater and junior Mariana McMurtrie and sophomore catcher Sarah Angelos are starting to come together.
“They’re starting to get a little more in sync,” Beachy said. “We’re seeing some results.”
After last Tuesday’s game, the players requested extra hitting sessions rather than taking the rest of the week off for spring break.
“It’s nice to see them showing some initiative,” Beachy said.