Mission Valley M’s ‘A’ squad showcases strength in round-robin tournament

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THE MISSION Valley Mariners’ ‘B’ team meets together at thrid base to discuss baserunning Friday morning at the the Mission Valley Mariners’ Stadium. (photo by Jason Blasco/Lake County Leader)

The Mission Valley Mariners split the two-game, rain-shortened series Saturday at Mission Valley Mariners’ Stadium.

The M’s A team dropped a game to the Missoula Pioneers 5-3 and then defeated the Dillon Cubs 8-0 in their two-game round robin tournament.

Friday’s consistent downpour forced the M’s to play both of their round-robin games on Saturday. The tournament, formally known as the Firecracker Tournament, was cut short because there were several teams that pulled out of the original Firecracker Tournament at the last minute.

The Mission Valley Mariners’ ‘A’ squad didn’t have trouble generating early run production but the Pioneers were able to weather an early 2-0 lead to win the game 5-3.

Dylan Wisniewski generated the only RBI for the game for the M’s in the two-run loss and Xavier Fisher highlighted the M’s offensive production with a three-hit performance.

Mission Valley Mariners ‘A’ squad 8, Dillon Cubs 0

The Mission Valley Mariners’ ‘A’ squad shutout the Dillon Cubs 8-0 Saturday at Mission Valley Mariners’ Stadium.

The M’s pitchers received plenty of help from the team’s bats in the game. Izyk Gillingham led the team with a two-RBI performance, Dylan Wisniewski, James Bennett and Gabe Mergenthaler all generated RBIs in the victory. Wisniewsk was the team’s top hitter batting 2-of-3 from the plate.

MVM’s ‘B’ outslugged by Dillon Cubs ‘B’ squad

The Mission Valley Mariners ‘B’ team were outslugged by the Dillon Cubs 17-8 in Friday morning’s game at MVM Stadium.

Despite falling 17-8, the Mariners had one top hitter Nate Ziegler, who turned in a 3-of-4 performance from the plate.

Other offensive contributors in the loss included Jace Fitzgerald, who had a four-RBI performance, Michael Hupp and Jade Morast also finished with two RBIs. Xavier Fisher, Gabe Mergenthaler, Dylan Davis, Dawson Dumont and Jesse Little Boy also all finished the loss with one RBI apiece.

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