At Libby, the Mission Valley A Mariners played some of their best baseball of the season as they battled their way through the competition and into the championship where they would take home the second place share of the Big Bucks prize money.
The Mariners opened the tournament against the Idaho-based Northern Lakes Mountaineers in which hurler Eric Dolence held the Mountaineers in check during a 1-1 deadlock until the offense erupted in the top of the seventh to account for the margin of the 4-1 victory.
On Saturday, the Mariners maximized their opportunities by plating three runs on no hits to edge the Blue Devils from Moscow 3-2.
In their Sunday tournament format game, Mission Valley would dispatch the Calgary Cubs 10-1 for their third straight win, slotting them into the championship against the only other undefeated team at the tournament in the AA Bruins from Walla Walla, Wash.
Quality of play had to be crisp against a higher caliber level of competition like Walla Walla. While Mission Valley would compete, the Bruins exploited chinks in Mariner armor much like urban acclimated bears sometimes pry their way into places they dont belong despite the best containment efforts designed to keep them out. The Mariners found themselves saddled with a sizeable deficit midway through the contest, but were able to counter with four runs.
While coming up short in the championship may have been distasteful, encouraging trends emerged from this weekend that bode well for the level of team competitiveness the remaining duration of the season.
2018 Big Bucks Tournament
Fri-Sun., June 22-24
17U AA Bruins 11, MV A Mariners 4
Walla Walla Bruins (17-1), MV A Mariners
Taylor Hamada (3K), (5.33) Matt McKenzie (1K) and Heston Richmond. Dylan Wisniewski (1K), (5) Gabe Mergenthaler (2K,4H,1W) and Izyk Gillingham. W Hamada. L Wisniewski.
AA Walla Walla 004 400 3 11 9 4*
Mission Valley 000 031 0 4 7 1*
MISSION VALLEY A MARINERS Keyan Dalbey 0-3, Tyson Petticrew 1-4, Gillingham 2-4, Corbin Davis 1-4, Wisniewski 1-4, Mergenthaler 0-3, Bryant Hales 0-2, James Bennett 1-2, Xavier Fisher 1-3.
WALLA WALLA AA BRUINS Mckenzie 1-1, Hamada 2-4, Dylan Ashbeck 1-3, Heston Richmond 2-3, Nathan Treadway 2-3, Hunter Polley 1-3.
2B Ashbeck. RBIs McKenzie 2, Hamada, Ashbeck 2, Richmond, Treadway 2, Kaleb Pearson, Polley; Petticrew, Gillingham, X.Fisher. SH Tiner. BB Treadway, Joe Terry 2, Seth Ahrens, Richmond, Hamada, Mckenzie, Polley; Dalbey, Hales, Bennett. HB Kyler Tiner; Mergenthaler. (Su24Jun18gm2)
Asterisk (*) denotes stat variant(s) where gm data differs between opposing teams: WWBGC=MVM:8H/WWB:3E
MV A Mariners 10, Calgary Cubs 1
Mission Valley 430 003 0 10 11 0
Calgary Cubs 000 010 x 1 5 4
James Bennett (2K,0W,1HB) and Izyk Gillingham. Aiden Newton, (2.33) Jack Henley (7K,2H,1W) and Justin Willis. W Bennett.
MISSION VALLEY A MARINERS Keyan Dalbey 1-3, Trevor Lake 0-1, Petticrew 2-4, Gillingham 2-2(2HB), Corbin Davis 1-2 (BB), Wisniewski 3-3(BB), Mergenthaler 0-2(BB), Dylan Davis 0-1, Bryant Hales 1-3, Xavier Fisher 1-3, Espn Fisher 0-2, Nate Ziegler 0-1.
CALGARY CUBS Kayde Kinaschuk 1-3, Traven Gulliford 1-3, Justin Willis 2-2, Ben Hildabrad 1-2
3B Gillingham. 2B C.Davis; Hildabrad. RBIs Gillingham 2, C.Davis 2, Wisniewski 2; Hildabrad. SH C.Davis. HB Tyler Rudd. SB Davis 2, Mergenthaler, Wisniewski 3, Gillingham 2. (Su24Jun18)
MV A Mariners 3, Blue Devils 2
Blue Devils (9-8)
Mission Valley 000 003 0 3 0 1*
Moscow (ID) 000 000 2 2 6 5*
Tyson Petticrew (5K,1W) and Izyk Gillingham. Seth Wadsworth (4K), (7) Cam Vis (2K) and Brysen Gottschalk. W Petticrew.
MISSION VALLEY A MARINERS Keyan Dalbey 0-3, Trevor Lake 0-1, Petticrew 0-3, Gillingham 0-4, Corbin Davis 0-1, Wisniewski 0-2, Mergenthaler 0-3, Bryant Hales 0-2, James Bennett 0-3, Xavier Fisher 0-1.
MOSCOW BLUE DEVILS Billy Adams *1-3, Hayden Thompson 1-3, Gottschalk 1-3, Vis 1-3, Jack Dunn 1-3, Wadsworth 1-3.
2B Vis, Wadsworth. RBIs Mergenthaler 2; Wadsworth 2. SH C.Davis. BB Petticrew, C.Davis, Wisniewski, Hales, X.Fisher. HB X.Fisher. 7SB Petticrew 2, Davis *2, Mergenthaler, Hales, X.Fisher. CS Wisniewski; Redinger. ROE Petticrew, Gillingham, Mergenthaler, Hales; Billy Adams, Dunn. DP MVM (Dalbey, Wisniewski, X.Fisher). GIDP Thompson. Runs Petticrew, Gillingham, Mergenthaler. (Sa23Jun18)
Asterisk (*) denotes stat variant(s) where gm data differs between opposing teams: MBDGC=MVM:2E/MBD:5H(Adams 0H=ROE),4E
MV A Mariners 4, Northern Lakes 1
Polson (MT) 001 000 3 4 8 2
Athol (ID) 000 100 0 1 3 2*
Eric Dolence (3K) and Izyk Gillingham. Brandon Gay (5K), (7.33) Ezra Grigg and Colton Aragon. W Dolence.
MISSION VALLEY A MARINERS Keyan Dalbey 1-3, Tyson Petticrew 2-3, Gillingham 0-2, Corbin Davis 3-4, Dylan Wisniewski 1-3, Dolence 0-3, Bryant Hales 0-3, James Bennett 1-3, Xavier Fisher 0-2.
NORTHERN LAKES MOUNTAINEERS Jaret Taylor 1-2(SB), Dustin Smith 1-3(SB).
RBIs Petticrew, Gillingham, C.Davis, Wisniewski; Smith. SF Gillingham. SH Wisniewski, Dolence, X.Fisher. BB Dalbey, Petticrew, Gillingham; Grigg 2, Taylor, Aragon, Vanner Hegbloom. HB Hegbloom. DP NLM: t4 (1-3-2-5-1-6); MVM2: b1(6-4-3), b3(8-3-9). (Fr22Jun18)
Mariners tumble against troublesome Twins
Glacier A Twins 5, MV A Mariners 3 (gm1)
Mission Valley 201 000 0 3 6 3
Whitefish 200 030 x 5 7 3
James Bennett (4K), (5.33) Gabe Mergenthaler and Izyk Gillingham. Nathan Hader (5K), (6) Forrest Kobelt (1K) and Quintin Schriver. W Hader. L Bennett.
MISSION VALLEY A MARINERS Bryant Hales 1-3, Tyson Petticrew 1-3, Gillingham 2-4, Corbin Davis 1-3, Dylan Wisniewski 0-2, Trevor Lake 0-3, Mergenthaler 1-3, Bennett 0-3, Fisher 0-3.
GLACIER A TWINS Ryan Veneman 1-3, Coby Clark-Dickenson 2-3, Dan Seymour 2-3, Jack Schwaiger 1-3, Quintin Schriver 1-2.
2B *Gillingham; Schwaiger, Seymour. RBIs Gillingham, Davis; Veneman 2, Schwaiger, Schriver. SB Wisniewski, Gillingham, (Tu19Jun18gm1)
Glacier A Twins 6, MV A Mariners 0 (gm2)
Mission Valley 000 000 0 0 2 1
Whitefish 000 204 x 6 10 0
Dylan Wisniewski, (4) Dylan Davis and Izyk Gillingham. W Coby Clark-Dickenson; L D.Davis.
MISSION VALLEY A MARINERS Hales 1-2, Petticrew 0-3, Gillingham 0-3, C.Davis 0-3, Wisniewski 1-1, Bennett 0-0, Lake 0-2, Mergenthaler 0-3, Fisher 0-2, E. Fisher 0-2.
GLACIER A TWINS Veneman 3-4, Clark-Dickenson 1-2, Bistodeau 2-3, Hellwig 1-4, Seymour 1-1, Schwaiger 1-2.
2B *Kobelt; RBIs Veneman, Terek Bistodeau, Seymour, Schwaiger, Jay Tyree. (Tu19Jun18gm2)
Asterisk (*) denotes stat variant(s) where data is inconsistent: Kobelt listed as 0-1, but a player cant hit a double and be 0-1 in baseball.