Friday, June 7th, 2013
Mariners defeat Docs in opener
By Ryan Hines
Compiled by Ryan Hines
The Grand Lake Mariners opened the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League season with a 5-1 win over the Dayton Docs on Thursday at Wright State University.
Dayton scored a run in the first inning and held a 1-0 advantage until John Brodner gave the Mariners the lead for good in the fifth inning. Brandon Mallder led off the fifth frame by reaching base safely on an error and Matthew Paculan was then hit by a pitch. Brodner then ripped a one-out double to score Mallder and Paculan for a 2-1 Grand Lake lead.
"The double by Brodner was the turning point for us," said Grand Lake manager Cody Castle. "It was clearly the hardest hit ball of the game and it came in a big situation."
Grand Lake then scored single runs in the sixth, seventh and ninth innings.
In the sixth, Tyler Gray led off with a walk and advanced to third on Dane Sauer's single. Mallder then drove in Gray on an RBI fielder's choice.
In the seventh, Paculan reached base on an infield single and scampered to third after a throwing error on the play. Brodner's single then plated Paculan.
Sauer was hit by a pitch to lead off the ninth inning and moved to third base on Paculan's third single of the game before trotting home on P.J. Nowak's RBI single.
"We executed offensively and played pretty clean defensively (one error). This was really a team win tonight," said Castle.
Isaac Beller was the winning pitcher for the Mariners after allowing one run on four hits with four strikeouts in four innings.
Luke Mamer then pitched three innings before Brennan Pearson and Gerardo Dudamel tossed single shutout innings. Mamer, Pearson and Dudamel combined for five shutout innings and allowed just four hits with three strikeouts.
"I thought that Isaac really calmed down after giving up a run in the first inning," said Castle. "The bullpen then came in and threw strikes to give us a chance to win."
Paculan, Grand Lake's nine-hole hitter, was 3-for-3 with two runs scored while Broder was 2-for-5 with three RBI.
Grand Lake is back in action on Saturday with a road trip to face the Hamilton Joes before opening the home portion of the schedule on Sunday against Hamilton at 4 p.m.
Grand Lake 000 021 101 - 5 8 1
Dayton 100 000 000 - 1 8 2
WP - Beller.
LP - Sebald.
2B - GL: Brodner.
Records: Grand Lake 1-0, Dayton 0-1.