Mariners Split Rare Wednesday Doubleheader With White Rock on Grad Appreciation Day

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Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)

June 26, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – On a day when the Victoria Mariners honoured their graduating senior players, the White Rock Tritons wanted no part of the party, beating the Mariners 4-1 in the first game of a rare Wednesday BC Premier League doubleheader at Henderson Park in Victoria. The Mariners would respond in game two however, winning by a score of 2-0.

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Mariners baserunner Chris Fougner slides low to avoid the high throw to White Rock second baseman Daniel Cassino during game one action Wednesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

The Mariners are graduating four senior players this season, all of whom will be heading to U.S. or Canadian schools to continue their baseball careers and their education.

Brendan Somers is headed to El Paso Junior College in Texas, David Warren is headed to Colby Junior College in Kansas, MacKenzie Catto will play at UBC and Drayson Lum will play in Marshalltown Junior College in Iowa.

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The four graduating Mariners (left to right), Brendan Somers (El Paso), David Warren (Colby), Drayson Lum (Marshalltown) and Mac Catto (UBC), are all smiles as they are headed to play at the college level next season (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

All of the players, except for pitcher Catto, were in the game one lineup on Wednesday and all had their special day disrupted by White Rock starting pitcher Anthony Aiello, whose short-armed, side-armed style baffled all of the Mariner hitters.

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White Rock starter Anthony Aiello would baffle the Mariner hitters with his side-arm motion in the 4-1 win in game one Wednesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

Aiello would scatter just 4 hits over his 6.1 innings of work and the Mariners would not score their run until the bottom of the 7th inning when Chris Fougner, who had two previous hits off Aiello, would beat out an infield single off reliever Scott Doucett, scoring Kaelin Norris-Jones.

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Chris Fougner’s infield single in the 7th would score the only Mariners run in game one (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

On the other side of the coin, the Mariners were also getting some solid starting pitching from Nick Dawson who cruised through the first five innings, allowing just three scattered hits and keeping the Tritons off the board.

In the 6th, Dawson found himself in trouble after a pair of walks and after a sacrifice bunt attempt, made his only real mistake of the game, throwing the ball past first base and allowing both White Rock runners to score, putting the Tritons up 2-0.

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Mariners starter Nick Dawson pitched a great game, but a costly throwing error in the 6th inning would lead to the first two White Rock runs (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

In the top of the 7th, the Tritons would expand their lead, as Dawson would give up a one-out single and then reliever Dan Phillips would struggle, giving up three straight singles, allowing the visitors to put up another pair and take a 4-0 lead into the bottom of the frame.

To the Mariners credit, they would battle and load the bases to set up the RBI single by Fougner, but then the Tritons would get a huge game ending double-play to preserve the 4-1 win.

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Despite the best efforts of a sliding Chris Fougner, Triton second baseman Daniel Cassino completed a tough double play to end the game and give White Rock the 4-1 win (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

Between games, the four graduating players were acknowledged and had a chance to talk with the media, as did head coach Mike Chewpoy.

“We are proud of the level of play our senior boys are showing and it’s paying off with scholarships to various colleges and universities across North America,” said Chewpoy. “All four players have had an excellent season with us and they will have no problem adapting to their new environment. We wish them all the best.”

Lum, who is joining former Victoria Mariner players Daryl Blaskovich and Ty Russel in Iowa says he is looking forward to advancing his career and moving on to next step. “I’m really going to miss the guys and my friends here, but with Daryl and Ty already there, it will make it easier to fit right in with everyone there.”

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Mariners infielder Drayson Lum is off to Marshalltown Junior Colege in Iowa where he will reunite with former Mariners Daryl Blaskovich and Ty Russell (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

Lum, Warren, Catto and Somers all praised the Mariners organization and Head Coach Mike Chewpoy – who have now graduated nearly 60 players on to U.S. or Canadian Colleges or Universities – for helping them get to the next step.

Noted Lum, “Chewp really helps us focus on the mental part of the game and being better prepared to play. That’s an extremely important part of this game, especially as you move up levels and I am thankful for his help in that aspect of my game.”

“Chewp teaches and coaches us just like a college coach does which really prepares us for the next level,” added Somers. “He makes sure we have mental toughness to play down there which is really what it comes down to.”

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Brendan Somers, who is headed to El Paso, credits Head Coach Mike Chewpoy for teaching him the mental aspects of the game needed to compete at the next level (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

With the graduating hoop-la out of the way, the second place Mariners got back to the task of trying to win a ballgame, but once again had trouble with the Tritons pitching, failing to break through on starter Scott Doucette and relievers Jake Gill and Zach Campagne, who combined to hold the Mariners off the scoreboard for the first five innings.

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White Rock’s Scott Doucett (left) (who also closed game one) and Jake Gill (right) would combine to hold the Mariners off the board for the first half of game two on Wednesday (Photos: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

Fortunately for the Mariners, the Tritons were having an equally hard time scoring runs off Victoria starter Lucas Piechnik, who held White Rock batters to just three hits over the first six innings.

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Victoria’s Lucas Piechnik would get the complete game 2-0 win in game two Wednesday, holding the Tritons to just 5 hits on the day (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

In the bottom of the 6th, a pair of leadoff walks to Brendan Somers and Morgan Varley would come back to haunt Triton pitcher Campagne, as they would score following singles from Kaelin Norris-Jones and Mike Varley and a sacrifice fly from Jesse Mycock.

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White Rock’s Joey Gladman would slide safely under this throw to Mariners second baseman Mike Varley during game two action Wednesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

That 2-0 lead would be all that Piechnik would need and despite giving up a pair of singles in the bottom of the inning, he would keep the Tritons off the board to get the complete game shut-out.

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Victoria’s Mike Varley, here making a play at second early in the game, would single home the winning run in the 6th inning of game two on Wednesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

The split for the Mariners moves their record to 26-13, good enough for second place in the BCPBL, 8.5 games behind league leading Langley, a half game up on the North Shore Twins and 3.5 games up on the Victoria Eagles who the Mariners face in a key matchup Thursday night at Lambrick Park.

Mariners Fundraiser

Playing for the Victoria Mariners is a big investment for parents with a minimum $3500 per year cost. Fundraisers are a staple for this team and as such, the Mariners would like to invite the public to their Bottle Drive/Garage Sale/Car Wash/Barbecue on Saturday, June 29th at Quadra Sport and Fitness, 3946 Quadra Street and meet the team. Pick up of bottles is available by contacting Trish at foggygirl@telus.net or calling (250) 472-6482.

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