‘Ironman’ baseball boys drop 2 games at State

Nine Mariners take on loaded teams in Palmer

By Adrian Lysenko
Homer Tribune

AP Photo/Al Grillo<br />Homer's Chris Watry tries for the double play after tagging the base to out West Valley's Dalton Brock  during an Alaska state baseball championships game in Palmer, Alaska Friday, June 5, 2009.

AP Photo/Al Grillo
Homer's Chris Watry tries for the double play after tagging the base to out West Valley's Dalton Brock during an Alaska state baseball championships game in Palmer, Alaska Friday, June 5, 2009.

A skeleton crew of nine Mariners traveled to Palmer on Thursday to compete in the ASAA State Baseball Championships. And while the Homer boys had to pack their bags early, Head Coach Dave Gilbert commended his team for the hard work over the season to just get to the tournament at all.

The M’s opened with a 1-10 loss to the Dimond Lynx. The Lynx went on to take the State title.

“That first game put us in a hard spot,” said Gilbert. “We had to work pretty hard just to get there.”

And taking only nine team members to the tourney didn’t help. With the high school season pushing so far into the summer, several players were unable to make the trip due to their commitment to summer jobs.

“The score didn’t reflect what happened,” Gilbert said. “We got runners on, but we just couldn’t get them in.”

The next game of the tourney was a 3-15 loss to West Valley. The loss took the M’s out of the tournament, despite a solid pitching effort from senior Justin Frink.

Gilbert said the problems came with a few Mariner errors on the field, as well as strong West Valley bats.

“(West Valley) didn’t just hit the ball, they hit it hard,” Gilbert said. “Our boys did a great job, just to get to state was a huge accomplishment. I’m very proud of them.”

With only three seniors leaving the team, the future of Mariner baseball looks bright. Gilbert said it also helped that many of the younger players got some good experience in.

“They stepped up and played hardball at the varsity level,” Gilbert said. “We very easily could have a fairly strong team next year.”

Senior Josh Gilbert was named to the first team, all-conference, while Justin Frink and Vance Wolford were named to the second team. Kevin Rowe received an honorable mention.

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