Who says baseball has to stop when it’s cold?
POLSON – The Mission Valley Mariners are swinging bats and digging out the grounders despite the bite of the autumn air.
The Mariners have brought fall ball to the valley, offering the opportunity for young prospects to experience a higher level of ball play education, as well as keeping return players in shape during the off season.
Fall ball is a launching pad for learning fundamentals in a more relaxed setting that helps players in the spring seasons to come. Without a looming state championship or even conference standings in jeopardy, Coach Jami Hanson is able to take an educational approach. The kids get to experience different levels of play and experience new defensive positions without the stress.
Big Mariner A team players Zeke Webster-Yaqui, Alex Killian, Ryan Pablo, Chris Drebes, Jared Young, TJ Olson and Bransen Krebs will lend a teaching hand to the younger players as well as return B players Jacob Harrod and Quincy Bourdon-Courville.
The Mariners have also added Rand Pritzkau of Missoula to the lineup. Pritzkau not only faced the Mariners as a Pioneer but also played with some of them in last year’s Spokane fall ball league.
Sunday brought the Kalispell Lakers to Polson with the Mariners pulling out their first 8-7 win of the fall ball season.
Webster-Yaqui led the M’s going 3-5 with a double and a couple of singles. Ryan Pablo grabbed the win on the mound with a strikeout and zero walks.
If the weather stays in check, the M’s will continue their fall ball weekend play journey in the weeks to come against teams from Kalispell and Missoula.