Mariners host Firecracker Tournament
POLSON – The American Legion Mission Valley Mariners baseball team hosted its annual Fourth of July Firecracker Tournament this past weekend at O’Malley Park.
The Mariners squared off in a four-team round-robin tournament featuring squads from Dillion, Missoula and Whitefish. Rain cancelled the Mariners’ opening game on Friday evening against the Glacier Twins, and showers fell on the players and fans on-and-off most of the day on Saturday.
“Mother nature wasn’t great for us,” Mariners’ skipper Tim Rausch said.
Rausch felt the tournament was a success. “The field worked out and our concession stand was awesome,” he said. “Thanks to the hard work of individuals in our organization.”
On Saturday morning, the Mariners started the day with an offensive show in an 8-0 shutout win over the Dillion Cubs. However, the Mariners dropped their night cap to the Missoula Pioneers 5-3.
The Mariners will make a trip northward to Kalispell July 6-8 for the John Harp Memorial Tournament before moving into their final week of conference action.
“I am very excited with how the boys are playing right now,” said Rausch. “We have had a lot of growth both offensively and defensively. The chemistry between the boys has improved a lot. I really believe, with how the boys are playing, we have a chance at getting to the state tournament.”