Mariners end regular season at home
POLSON – In American Legion baseball action, the Mission Valley Mariners A squad played their last home games of the regular season by hosting back-to-back doubleheaders this past weekend at O’Malley Park in Polson.
The Mariners opened the weekend series with a doubleheader split against the Missoula Mavericks A team on Saturday afternoon.
In the first game, the Mavericks prevailed 6-2 over the Mariners scoring two runs each in the first, fourth and seventh innings. The Mariners put points on the board in the first and fourth innings.
Mariner bats began to heat up in the back half of the twin bill with the Mariners scoring the first five runs of the contest in the second inning. They added five more runs in the third inning and two more in the fourth inning to take the 12-1 win in five innings over the Mavericks.
It was senior day on Sunday as the Mariners hosted a doubleheader with the conference. After scoring in the first inning, the Mariners were in the driver’s seat for most of the game until the fourth inning when the Red Sox pushed two runs across the plate to take a 2-1 lead in the game.
The Red Sox added another run in the sixth inning, but the Mariners responded with two runs of their own in the sixth inning to knot the game at 3-3. Both teams scored a run in the seventh to send the game. Bitterroot scored a run in the top of the ninth to take a 5-4 lead and the win in game one.
In a ceremony between games, the Mariners honored their senior players Izyk Gillingham, Keyan Dalbey and Corbin Davis.
A two-run first inning gave the Red Sox a 2-0 lead over the Mariners in the final game of the afternoon.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Red Sox fell victim to a five-run Mariner rally that gave the Mariners a 5-2 lead.
Bitterroot cut into its deficit in the fifth inning and tied the game 5-5, scoring two runs in the top half of the sixth inning. The Mariner hitters responded in the bottom of the sixth inning by scoring three runs to regain the lead 8-5.
The Red Sox added five more runs in the seventh inning to push their lead to 10-8 and to come away with a doubleheader sweep of the Mariners.
The Mariners finish their season with an overall record of 18-21 and a conference record of 7-13 as they head off to Libby July 17-21 to compete in the district tournament.